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Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

Wildlife and donkeys benefit from flood-friendly hedge-planting

More than 500 young hedge trees have been planted at the Woods Farm site near Sidmouth

Rare butterflies and birds could benefit from hedge restoration work at animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary as part of a wider scheme to improve water quality and reduce flooding across parts of East Devon.

Staff from the sanctuary have planted more the 500 young hedge trees so far to help...

Run for donkeys in the world's biggest marathon

The Donkey Sanctuary is inviting people to become part of its intrepid team of runners in this year's London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 3 October.

With four participants already signed up, the international animal welfare charity has five places still available for the Virgin Money London Marathon, with another five places available in the Virtual Virgin Money London...

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Chelsea garden wins again

The ‘Donkeys Matter’ garden was built to mark The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th anniversary in 2019

The Donkey Sanctuary’s award-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden that was re-built at the charity’s international headquarters in Sidmouth has received another accolade, after it picked up a prestigious Community Award in the 2021 Association of Professional Landscapers’ awards.


Virtual donkey day out on Easter Sunday

This Easter Sunday (4 April), animal lovers will once again be able to catch up with the four-legged residents of The Donkey Sanctuary as its award-winning Sanctuary From Your Sofa event returns for another virtual day out with the charity’s donkeys.

Viewers will be able to tune in from 10am to watch a series of live broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary headquarters in Sidmouth, as...

New foal born at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spring foal born at The Donkey Sanctuary

Spring has sprung at international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary, after they welcomed their first foal of the year.

The fluffy male foal has been exploring his new surroundings in the spring sunshine with his mother, a mare called Rachel, who was rescued by The Donkey Sanctuary in 2020.

The new arrival, who is yet to be named, is light grey in colour with a...

The Donkey Sanctuary supports veterinary students through lockdown

Veterinary students from across the world have benefited from online teaching during the Covid-19 lockdown, thanks to experts at international animal welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary.

The charity’s veterinary team, who are based near Honiton in Devon, have always played an active role in teaching the next generation of veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, farriers and equine...

Birthday cele’bray’tions for tea-loving donkey

Staff and volunteers at The Donkey Sanctuary Ivybridge celebrated a very special birthday recently, as one of their most popular donkeys turned 30.

Boomer has been a resident at the centre since it opened in 2007, and has been winning hearts ever since.

He is a familiar face to the many people who have visited the Ivybridge sanctuary over the years, and is an important part...

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Pre-book your free half term tickets for The Donkey Sanctuary

Visitors to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth will need to pre-book their visit for this October half term.

Entry to The Donkey Sanctuary remains free of charge, but each visitor over the half term period is required to book a ticket in advance.

This measure has been introduced to safely manage visitor numbers during busy times. In line with government regulations, a maximum...

The Donkey Sanctuary wins at UK Social Media Awards

An innovative event, ‘Sanctuary From Your Sofa’, that brought donkeys ‘virtually’ into people’s homes during lockdown has scooped Best Audience Engagement Campaign at the prestigious 2020 UK Social Media Awards.

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, all six of UK Donkey Sanctuaries were temporally closed to the public. The charity knew how much their supporters were missing the donkeys and...

Donkeys revealed as a British favourite despite 'stubborn' myth

Donkeys are one of Britain's favourite animals, despite more than half of people wrongly believing they are stubborn, a study has revealed.

A YouGov poll for international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary found that donkeys were Britain's second favourite farm animal.

Unlike horses, who topped the poll with (24%), donkeys (17%) are not native to Europe, yet the...