Get Active: volunteer, experience, connect with the natural world


Get Active: volunteer, experience, connect with the natural world and put animal magic into your life! 

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  1. Virgin Experience Days has some great expereinces in their Animal Experience listings!  These include a number of Falconry Experiences and a lot of them have special offers on them!

    This is a great chance for you to get active with animals and try your hand at owl handling, go for a hawk walk or handle eagles. 

    Try a Falconry Taster

    Falconry Taster

    Learn the skills required to handle a striking bird of prey
    Get up close to an incredible eagle and receive expert advice and tuition
    See a fantastic flying display and take some amazing photographs with eagle in hand
    - March to October
    Was £39, now £19.50 

    Take a Hawk Walk for Two
    Take a Hawk Walk for Two

    Enjoy a 40 minute walk on the wild side together
    Experience a Harris Hawk swooping down from the treetops onto your gloved fist
    Available Tuesday to Sunday
    Was £70, now £49

    Introduction to Owl Handling for Two

    Introduction to Owl Handling for Two
    Hold and fly a selection of owls in Kent
    Was £178, now £78

    Fly away to see the Falconry Experiences
    available through Virgin Experience Days


  2. There’s pawsome news for you from! 

    Go to to see their animal experiences
    Roar all about it!  15% off at BuyaGift until 31 December 2019

    Canter off to to get your 15% off - use the code AHWSEPT15

    Visitors from Get Active with Animals can enjoy 15% off any of the products on its site, including anything on special offer!  

     Use the code AHWBAG15 at check-out to get your 15% off! 

    There are lots of experiences to choose from all over the UK.   The Zoo and Animal Experiences are in the Days Out section of the site, and they include well known places such as ZSL London Zoo, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bristol Zoo , Drusilas Zoo and Paradise Wildlife Park.  But there are also a lot more – you can meet a red fox at the Ark Wildlife Park, Lemurs at Kirkley Hall Zoo, discover all about Bee-keeping in London, have a birds of prey experience in many venues and meet monkeys in Cornwall.

    There are Big Cat experiences – be a Big Cat Ranger for a day, discovering what goes into the care of big cats, and you can feed a big cat at Paradise Wildlife Park.  Don’t worry, there’s secure fencing between you and the big cat!

    Tickle a tapir at Paradise Wildlife Park!

    And we mustn’t forget all things creepy, crawly and slithery – there are reptile experiences as well.

    So make the most of this 15% off offer – it lasts from 23 to 30 September 2019 and all you have to do is to enter the code AHWBAG15 at checkout to get it!

    Canter off to


  3. Red Letter Days are giving visitors from Get Active with Animals a lovely 15% off across their website until 31 December 2019!

     2 for 1 Meerkat Encounter
    There's a 2 for 1 Meerkat Encounter

     Red Letter Days list lots of animal experiences and opportunities to get outdoors with nature.

     They’ve got it all from big cats to horses, reptiles to birds of prey, meekats and monkeys, and of course Zookeeper for a Day experiences.

     And there’s something for a range of budgets too – and with 15% off you can make your ££ go even further!

    Get clicking with Big Cat Photography
    Get clicking with Big Cat Photography

    All you have to do to get your 15% off is to enter the code RAHW15 at check-out.   That’s it!

    The offer is available until 15 December 2019 – and it includes anything on special offer!  Now that really is something to roar about!!!

    Be a Zookeeper for the Day
    Be a Zookeeper for the Day!  Choices include ZSL London Zoo and Whipsnade Zoo!

    Go to Red Letter Days here
    Code RAHW15 will give you 15% off until 31 December 2019

    Kick up your heels here and gallop off to Red Letter Days.  The offer is site wide!


  4. Forestry England are celebrating their 100th birthday this year!

    And they have a #AutumnLeafWatch photos competition you can enter up until midnight 15 November 2019.

    Visit Forestry England's website for more info

    Forestry England are holding a photo competition - they want to see how autumn captures your senses.

    Take photos of landscapes, macros, portraits, selfies, wildlife - it must have an autumnal theme.  They've got autumn pages for inspiration.

    Find out more about the #AutumnLeafWatch photos competition

    They do give preference to photos which have been taken at Forestry England sites, and photos will be shared across their social media channels and then they will seleclt a shortlist of favourites.

    The public then have the power to choose the photo they most want to win by visiting their Facebook page and 'liking' their favourite - the photo will be the one with the most reactions.

    Find out more about the #AutumnLeaf Watch Photo Competition, volunteering and Forestry England 


  5. Did you ever do a first aid course on people?   Well, now you can do a Pet First Aid Course with the PDSA.

    The PDSA is the UK’s leading vet charity.  It’s got a network of 48 pet hospitals, and it provides treatment for millions of poorly pets who are sick and injured and who belong to people in need – there are criteria you need to meet to have your pet seen to by the PDSA.

    The PDSA also promotes responsible pet ownership.   And one of the things they are doing is running Pet First Aid Courses!  

    Pet First Aid Course

    The main focus of the training is to help you identify when something isn’t right with a pet and then how you can act accordingly in an emergency situation before you get to a vet.  The course also looks at how you can prevent  some emergencies happening in the first place. 

    • Recognising normal for your pet
    • Heatstroke
    • Bandaging
    • Bloat
    • Poisoning
    • Seizures
    • Choking
    • Resuscitation
    • Being prepared

    These take place around the country and you can find a list of pet first aid courses here.   They are delivered by the PDSA’s Community and Education Nurses, using some theory work, group discussion, case studies, video examples and practical exercises.  You can test your knowledge afterwards by completing an online quiz – you’ve got 7 days and 3 goes to pass the quiz and then a course certificate will be emailed to you.

    Find a Course Near You

    The course is free but not surprisingly it’s very popular so the PDSA have introduced a £5 admin fee for booking. 

    Please note - due to the increase in demand for their Pet First Aid courses, the PDSA have had to introduce an administration / booking fee of £5.00 per person (that’s non-refundable & non- transferable) (Including VAT)

    You can also sign up online for their Free Pet First Aid Guide

    Why not take out Pet Insurance with the PDSA and help support them that way?  It’s one way they raise funds to continue providing free vet care to the UK’s most needed pets and to promote responsible pet ownership.  Find out more here


  6. High Energy Autumn & Winter Mix on offer

    Garden Wildlife Direct have a great offer for you to help your birds.  Enjoy 10% OFF High Energy Autumn And Winter Mix only!   

    This High Energy Autumn Winter mix has been specifically formulated to help wild birds through autumn and winter.  It has protein-rich and oil-rich ingredients, giving vital weight-gain for the birds with dried mealworms, black sunflower seed and yellow millet.

    This mix is designed to help make sure your garden birds are in great health for the next breeding season. 

    Go to Garden Wildlife Direct

    This offer ends at midnight on Thursday 3rd October 2019 and you don't need a discount code or a minimum spend. 

    Fly away to Garden Wildlife Direct :-)  


  7. Horses are just amazing!   They are so beautiful, and it always lifts my spirits to see a gorgeous, healthy, happy horse, ears pricked looking around with interest at what's going on. 

    The have some wonderful calendars and diaries for horse lovers.  Some are breed specific e.g. a Clydesdale Calendar, whilst others are themed - do you remember the Thelwell books?  They were hilarious - extremely funny, and if you loved those you may want to take a peep at at the Thelwell Calendar.

    The Thelwell 2020 Calendar
    he Thelwell 2020 Calendar is £7.99

    This is the 2020 Horse Lovers Calendar
    This is the 2020 Horse Lovers Calendar for £9.99

    The 2020 Horse Lovers Calendar pictured right above has a 4-month overview at the beginning, running from September 2019 through to December 2019.  And each stunning monthly photo in 2020 has a multilingual grid with moon phases as well as international holidays.  Never mind about those though - the horses are just beautiful!  
    The Wacky World of Horses
    The Wacky World of Horses A4 Calendar 2020
    for £6.99

    I think this is a very funny calendar, and it would make a great gift for horse lovers.  I particularly liked the one about the standard of dressage getting higher every year.  You can see all the pictures here.

    The has lots of calendars, diaries and planners, many with a horse or donkey theme and they make great gifts, and can add lots of cheer to a room.

    Canter off here to the CalendarClub to see for yourself :-) 


  8. Autumn is a wonderful time of year to take a walk in and there’s nothing like walking alongside water.  

    Walking is great exercise – you can stretch your legs, drink in the view, watch the wildlife, enjoy the autumn colours in all their glory and breathe in some fresh air.

    Autumn is a beautiful time of year to go walking

    ©Canal and River Trust

    Even if you don’t live in the sea, you may find yourself near a lake, a loch, a river or a canal.

    Walkies with the Canal and River Trust

    ©Canal and River Trust

    The Canal and River Trust has lots of wonderful walks for everyone to enjoy – and they have information about dog friendly walks on their website.

    Walking your dog by a canal or river...some tips

    • Keep your dog on a short lead around busy spots like locks and bridges – you don’t want them jumping into a lock or into a canal from a bridge, for instance
    • Ensure they are wearing a collar with an ID tag
    • They respectfully ask that you pick up anything your dog might drop and put it into a bin
    • Don’t let your dog swim in the canals – they may upset the ducks

    Don’t forget to take water for your dog – dogs get thirsty as well!

    In winter, it’s particularly important to keep your dog on the lead in case they are distracted by geese and ducks and try to jump into the canal to go after them.  Your dog may think ice on a canal is a solid base.  

    If your dog should fall in, the Canal and River Trust advise you not to jump in after your dog; keep your voice calm and encourage him or her to swim to you where you can lift them out safely.  And if they can’t do this, try to reach them with a line or long branch.

    And if you don’t have a dog, go for walkies anyway and enjoy yourself!   Woof, woof! 

    Go to the Canal and River Trust's website - why not volunteer or become a member? 




    ZSL Whipsnade have a great offer on tickets, starting immediately until 30th September 2019.

    • Up to 33% off 2 adult tickets and 2 children tickets using Family562 code

    • 1 adult and 3 kids with savings up to 25% with Family563 exclusive code

    Offer code:

    Family562 = 2 adult + 2 child or
    Family563 = 1 adult + 3child

    Just use the promotional codes when you check-out!

    Go to ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's website here


  10. Garden Wildlife Direct have lots of goodies for all our feathered friends who visit our gardens this Bank Holiday Weekend, August 2019!

    They have a large selection of straight, seed mixed and suet foods; as well as a range of accessories and wildlife related products.

    Here's the offer*

    Save Up To 15% OFF All Orders at Garden Wildlife Direct

    *Offer ends midnight Monday 26th August 2019. Enter code HOLIDAY5 for 5% OFF (£35 minimum spend), HOLIDAY10 for 10% OFF (£50 minimum spend), HOLIDAY15 for 15% OFF (£85 minimum spend). Discount codes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.  PLEASE NOTE IF ORDERS ARE SUBMITTED WITHOUT DISCOUNT CODES THEY CAN’T BE AMENDED RETROSPECTIVELY.  

    Free delivery applies to 12.5kg bird food sacks and above, or orders over £25 to UK mainland postcodes.This excludes those designated as out of areas. Orders under 12.5kg, less than £25 or classed as out of areas will be subject to variable delivery charges. Please see website for full details.