At Raystede they rescue, rehome and provide sanctuary for more than 1500 animals each year. It is free to visit almost every day of the year and very important to their work is their educational service, used by schools in East Sussex and beyond. They also offer guidance to all ages on caring for animals.
They say: “Our Sanctuary, with its sizeable lakes, offers a safe haven for visiting waterfowl as well as for our chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese. We also offer a lifelong home for goats, horses, ponies and donkeys which are no longer wanted.”
They like to come onto the patio to say hello to people like me
This little person is named Sweetpea, and she is sooo friendly and gorgeous! You can see in the background the fields in which the goats can go to play.
Sweetpea again, what an adorable face!
This is Toffee! Isn’t he a splendid gentleman? Here he is standing in front of the stables and next to the climbing frame.
Toffee again – here he is trying to reach for a piece of paper I am holding. I love his beard!
Reach! Now he’s going for my camera.
Mmm! Tasty. He has a lovely soft tongue, he licked my fingers.
Hello there! Rocky is 7 years old. He likes people and scratching.
This is Lettie – she is taller than the other goats, so she can stand on her hind legs and eat off of the trees. Isn’t she so delightfully pretty?
Lettie again, having a good back-rub on the side of the stable
Snowdrop having a good scratch
This is where the goats live and spend a lot of their time.
I’ll introduce you to some of the other residents next time 😉