What’s on at Ferne

Upcoming Events…

Zoopharmacognosy Course

Zoopharmacognosy Course

We are so excited to be able to offer a fantastic zoopharmacognosy course with Victoria from Natural Animal Therapies.

We all want to give our beloved animals the best life that we can. Knowing what they need from day to day to stay fit and happy is a bit of a guessing game.

But there is a way for them to show us …
In the wild all animals are continually using their instincts to seek out and utilise the plants and minerals around them to bring themselves back into balance. This is both physically and emotionally. This has been labelled Zoopharmacognosy (Animal knowledge of medicine). Our domesticated animals try to do this whenever they can too. However, a dog on a lead in the average park rarely has what he needs available.

Applied Zoopharmacognosy has been developed to allow owners to bring the bounty of the wild to the animals they care for. Nutrient powders such as barley grass, herbs such as chamomile and a wide range of essential oils and floral waters are offered individually for selection. This is important, blended mixtures cannot be used effectively and it is humbling to see how these wise creatures know exactly what they need and how much.

In our workshop Victoria will explain the science behind this technique. She will show you how you can provide the animals in your care with regular opportunities to improve their physical and emotional health. This can even resolve previous trauma. Whether the problem is a physical problem such as allergies, digestion, poor coat and ear infections or an emotional issue (which are often the result of anxiety or previous trauma) or simply to maintain great health, Applied Zoopharmacognosy can be of enormous benefit.

We and Victoria are looking forward to the opportunity to present this extraordinary method and to spread the word!

We are asking for a £45 donation for the day. The proceeds will go towards Wallie and Lumins ongoing rehabilitation on their journey to a pain free life.

This course will be running on October 1st from 10:30am. In order to book, please donate via our website with a note mentioning the course.

Indoor Car Boot Sale

Indoor Car Boot Sale

Save the date!

Join us in our function room for our indoor car boot sale on Sunday 1st October.

Car Boot Sellers may arrive from 9.30 to set up, buyers will be from 11-2pm

All of our tables have been reserved, thank you to all our sellers for securing a spot

For more information, contact our visitor team on visitor@ferneanimalsanctuary.org

We look forward to seeing you here!

Dog First Aid Training

Dog First Aid Training

Following on from such a successful course back in April, Allwinds first aid will be returning again in October!

This dog first aid course runs for six hours (including refreshment breaks) and is delivered by director Amanda Williams who is a qualified veterinary nurse. Included is your certificate of attendance which is valid for three years from the date of completion and fully complies with the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and The Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The course includes knowledge building around:
– Bleeding
– Heatstroke
– Burns
– Seizures
– Traffic accidents
– Drowning

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Christmas Fayre and Animal Blessing

Christmas Fayre and Animal Blessing

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December and Sunday 3rd December. We have a super collection of stalls featuring hand crafted goods, the tranquil setting of Ferne makes Christmas shopping a pleasure. Why not make a day of it and enjoy a meal at Nina’s. Join us and our barn animals for our annual animal blessing on the evening of Saturday 2nd December. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

Pet Celebration

Pet Celebration

We’re doing a wonderful event to celebrate Valentines Day and Love Your Pet Day with your family and furry friends.

More information will be revealed so keep your eyes peeled.

Spring Fayre

Spring Fayre

Ferne would like to invite you to our Annual Spring Fayre on March 30th & 31st.

Join us over Easter Weekend for an Easter Egg hunt, children’s activities in Creative Corner, fundraising fun and support our local traders along with lots more fun at Ferne!

Bring your friends and family and make a day of it, do not forget to visit Nina’s Café for a pick me up or a meal while you are here!

More information will be revealed so keep checking!

Summer Open Day

Summer Open Day

Kick off your summer with a trip to Ferne on the 20th for our summer open day. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

Information will be released closer to the date

Ferne’s Annual Dog Show

Ferne’s Annual Dog Show

Our favourite event of the year! Ferne’s annual dog show returns on Sunday 1st September with fun classes, have-a-go agility, stands, fundraising activities and delicious food and lots more.

All funds raised go straight back to Ferne Animal Sanctuary, so please come along with your furry best friend and support Ferne.

We will be releasing more information on this event closer to the time.



Help us celebrate Halloween at Ferne by joining us for a spooktacular event for the whole family at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.

We will be revealing all you need to know on the run up to this event

Christmas Market and Animal Blessing

Christmas Market and Animal Blessing

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

We have a super collection of stalls featuring hand crafted goods. The tranquil setting of Ferne makes Christmas shopping a pleasure. Why not make a day of it and enjoy a meal at Nina’s?

Join us and our barn animals for our annual animal blessing on the evening of Saturday 30th November.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information


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