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YMCA Fairthorne Manor: “Where the wild things are!”

“If you go down in the woods today        
You’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!” …..








YMCA Fairthorne Manor is the perfect place for wildlife to thrive, you can often view deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, and many other woodland animals enjoying our grounds. Have you seen wildlife on-site at Fairthorne? We’d love to see your pictures on our Facebook page. 

We are committed to helping find homes for rescued wildlife. Our natural habitat is ideal to release and re-home woodland animals back into the wild and we enjoy a close working relationship with The Stubbington Ark.

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is often chosen as an ideal location for native wildlife, such as 12 hedgehogs, that were released following a period of rehabilitation at Stubbington Ark.

Kate Luxford, Small Animal and Wildlife Unit Supervisor at The Stubbington Ark says, “For some orphans, release sites are carefully chosen to give best chance of survival, where there is the opportunity to find a mate or a flock, plenty of food, water and suitable nest or den sites.”

In the last year, we’ve released many hedgehogs and Shelducks giving them a new lease of life on our site. Our nursery and parent and toddler group ‘Treetots’, often get to share in the release, educating them on care for wild animals. The children all enjoy watching and engaging with nature outdoors in these exciting moments.

If you’d like your child to be closer to nature, you can find out more about Fairthorne Manor’s Treetots programme here



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