A BUSY Northumberland animal centre will be the new star of children’s TV.
Film crews spent a day at The Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre in Ulgham to feature its work on the CBBC programme Dick and Dom Go Wild.
The series highlights the work of Britain’s busiest animal rescue centres and follows children who have little interest in wildlife as they spend a day working at a sanctuary and carrying out the most ‘gross tasks imaginable’.
At the Ulgham centre, four children, aged between ten and 13, were tasked with picking up buckets of fox droppings, cleaning out smelly owl nest boxes and chasing wild goats around fields to get their hooves trimmed.
They also had to take on personal challenges, such as overcoming their fear of snakes or spiders by meeting The Sanctuary’s resident animals.
The group was accompanied by star of the show, Dom.
Filming took place on a wintry November day, starting at 7am and finishing at 6.30pm at Druridge Bay Country Park, where two juvenile herring gulls were released back into the wild after being successfully hand-reared at the centre.
Sanctuary owner Kim Olson said: “We are absolutely thrilled that The Sanctuary was chosen as a location for the programme, considering it was mainly the big rescue centres in the UK that were featured, such as RSPCA Horsham, The Donkey Sanctuary and Redwings.
“Apparently, The Sanctuary impressed the locations manager because of our diversity of animals and our dedication to the work we do.
“It is not only fantastic PR for The Sanctuary, but also for Northumberland as a tourist destination as what better place to feature us releasing wildlife than at the beautiful Druridge Bay?”
The Sanctuary is currently closed to the public for general visits, but it continues to care for its animal residents. It is hoped the television appearance will help to raise awareness of its work and boost funds.
Ms Olson said: “The programme has come at an excellent time for us as we need people to realise that The Sanctuary is still very much open and working to help wildlife in the North East.
“So many people think we have closed down, but we are still here and doing everything we can to raise funds to keep the place going.”
Dick and Dom Go Wild will be shown on national television tomorrow (Friday) and on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, The Sanctuary will be open to the public over the Easter weekend and it is also offering pre-booked guided tours for individuals and groups. It continues to host educational visits and children’s parties.
For more information visit www.wildlife-sanctuary.co.uk or email email@example.com