We take your safety very seriously to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience here with us.
Please take a moment to read through the below Information provided.
The Farm Code:
- No children under the age of 14 are to be left unattended.
- Please approach all animals in a calm and orderly manner. Please refrain from shouting, running or making sudden movements around the animals as a frightened animal can become a dangerous animal.
- When pets corner is manned by a volunteer it will be open to the public – we ask that only a maximum of 5 persons be present in the run at any point and attention must be paid to the volunteer present.
- When feeding the animals please keep your hand flat with your thumb tucked into the side of palm.
We suggest that the pigs are not fed from your hands as they are known to sometimes bite. (However we would advise you to take care when feeding all the animals and where possible please use the feeding tubes provided).
- Please only use the specifically used animal feed that can be purchased in the shop and ensure that these are not mixed as this can cause them to become unwell.
- We ask that any food bags are returned to the shop and all rubbish is placed in the litter bins provided.
- Please ensure all gates are kept closed after use.
- No food or drink is to be taken past signposted areas.
- Please respect other visitors and volunteers – unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated and you may be asked to leave the premises.
- Hand wash and boot cleaning facilities must be used to ensure good infection control – please take note of our ecoli prevention below.
E-Coli—Visitor’s rules for preventing infection
- Ensure that all members of your group wash hands thoroughly:
- After petting and feeding animals
- Before entering the picnic and play area
- Before eating/drinking
- Clean all footwear of excess dirt using the foot cleaning station provided before entering the picnic and play area.
- Ensure any existing cuts and grazes are covered with a waterproof dressing (available from farm shop).
- Ensure that all members of your group wear appropriate clothing and footwear. (open toe footwear is not suitable)
- Return your child’s dummy/comforter if it has been in contact with the ground.
- Eat or drink whilst in animal areas.
- Smoke in animal areas.
- Allow animals to lick your child or pushchair.
- Allow your child to suck thumbs/fingers (many children do this habitually, if your child does so it may be unsuitable for them to feed or pet the animals).
You will find many wash stations located around the farm which are clearly sign posted. Please use these facilities during your visit this is particularly important before re-entering the picnic and play area.
Pregnant women and young children must be extra vigilant.
What is a tick?
Ticks are tiny creatures called parasites which feed on the blood of lots of types of animals and sometimes people. They travel by walking on the ground and up plants, or are transported by birds and animals, then they wait for an animal or person to pass by, drop onto it or hook onto it with special hooks on their legs.
Why are ticks a risk to people and pets?
Ticks normally choose wildlife and farm livestock to be their hosts. However, people and pets send out the same signals as the tick’s usual hosts. Some ticks can carry organisms in their saliva. When they bite, the saliva can enter the bloodstream of the host and this can make them ill.
Because winters are warmer, and because there have been changes in farming methods, as well as other factors, there are more ticks about. Ticks are also spreading into new places where they weren’t found before. Because of this, and because more people tend to be involved in outdoor activities, a greater number of people get bitten by ticks. This means that more people get diseases from the ticks.
Diseases passed on by ticks are called tick-borne diseases. The most common tick-borne disease to affect people in the UK and Ireland is Borreliosis, which is also called Lyme borreliosis or Lyme disease.
How to safely remove ticks
- Use a pair of fine-tipped forceps or tweezers, or tick removal hooks (do not use fingers) to grip the head of the attached tick, as close to the point of attachment on the skin as possible.
- Gently apply pressure and pull steadily upwards, without twisting and taking care not to crush the tick.
- Place the tick(s) in a plastic container and ensure the lid is securely fastened.
- Wash hands and area around the bite site after tick removal.