Plea for wildlife artefacts

RESIDENTS are being urged to bring any unwanted wildlife objects they have out of hibernation.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is hoping to stock up on items which may be lurking in attics across the county so its Conservation and People & Wildlife teams can use them on visits to schools.

These can include animal skulls, teeth, bones, birds nests, feathers, furs and dried flowers.

Steve Lowe, Head of Conservation at the charity, said: “Last time we sent out a request for unusual objects we were amazed at what we were offered, with items ranging from fur coats to massive stags’ heads mounted plinths coming through our doors – it was very interesting.

“Unfortunately, many of the items have disintegrated over the years due to constant handling by curious people, hence our need to re-stock our shelves.”

If you have a suitable wildlife object that you no longer want to keep, call Mr Lowe on 0191 2846884.

All items must be native to the UK and legally collected.