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There has been lots of excitement in Pets Corner as our rabbits explore their new soil box. Here on the farm we are always encouraging our animals to express their natural behaviour, and looking for new ways to make this possible. We use hanging cabbages for our chickens, logs and wood chips across the farm, and a wide variety of toys for our ferrets to name just a few.

The new box is an excellent form of enrichment, allowing our colony to explore existing chambers as well as dig their own. Like their wild ancestors, our rabbits are natural diggers and they have jumped right in, digging (and popping up) throughout the new box. Enrichment like this helps keep our animals’ minds and bodies active and healthy and they certainly seem to be enjoying themselves too. Thanks farmer Sundae for the addition!

Have rabbits of your own? Find out more about these incredible animals and ways you can enrich their environment here.


Alpacas in the morning frost.

Alpacas in the morning frost.

The recent cold snap has made for frosty white mornings here on the farm. We haven’t seen snow this winter, but the frosts have certainly transformed the landscape. It has even been sufficiently cold overnight to freeze our wildlife ponds. Have you captured the wintry weather around the farm? Share your pics with us on facebook (/MudchuteParkFarm) or twitter (@mudchute)!

Despite the cold, we are pressing on with improvement works across Mudchute. There is much to do before Spring arrives! Interested in lending a hand? We’d love to hear from anyone who has time, tools or expertise to share! Please get in touch our volunteer coordinator Louise at volunteering@mudchute.org.


Blackbirds search in the leaf litter for their prey.

Blackbirds search in the leaf litter for their prey.

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch! The perfect excuse to get outside and meet your wild neighbours. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a garden, there are plenty of wild creatures to discover right on your doorstep and here at Mudchute!

With few leaves on the trees, it’s a great time of year for birdwatching. Keep an eye out for finches and tits in the trees, chattering as they nibble on catkins and buds. Keep an ear out for scolding blackbirds and melodious starlings. And be sure to keep an eye out for the bright orange breast of the robin, a bird that seem ubiquitous in the hedges! Need help identifying a bird you’ve spotted? Be sure to have a look at the RSPB’s what to look out for page. Mudchute is also frequented by a number of more exotic species as well, with wild ring-necked and monk parakeets frequenting the farm. So if you think you hear a parrot squawking overhead, you’re probably right!

Here are just a few of the avifauna that make Mudchute their home! Out birdwatching this weekend? Be sure to share your sightings with the RSPB and us! You can tweet them us @mudchute and be sure to use #Birdwatch!