Our Sanctuary

We offer a welcoming sanctuary and safe haven for chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese, as well as wildlife.

We are delighted that Raystede’s sanctuary and lakes area have reopened. This includes the paths past our hen and duck enclosures and Rainbow Bridge, and the dog walk. This area had been closed for a while due to avian flu restrictions and then the construction of Project Terrapin, our new terrapin sanctuary.

This is a unique sanctuary designed to help and care for injured and abandoned terrapins in the South East of England.

Find out more about Project Terrapin here.

Sanctuary

Our Sanctuary area is made up of 9.5 acres of land and two large lakes that usually provides a home to a variety of domestic fowl and wildfowl. Sadly, due to avian flu restrictions we have had to take the necessary measures as required by the Government and move all our ducks and geese away from the water.

We care for a variety of hens, cockerels, turkeys, ducks and geese. At present, all our birds are under cover to prevent them from coming into contact with wild birds. We do not have the virus at Raystede and we are taking all precautions to keep our birds safe from this deadly and highly contagious disease.

Regretfully, part of the lakes area is also closed but it is possible to walk through the rest of the Sanctuary area and enjoy views of the lake, the shade from the many trees and the wildlife in the hedgerows. Dogs on leads are very welcome on the designated dog walking path in this area.

Chickens

The chickens we care for are usually ex-commercial hens that were kept in confined spaces and used for egg production. Had we not rescued them, they would have been sent for slaughter around the age of 18 months old. Many of them are very scared and missing feathers when they arrive at Raystede but we care for them and make sure they become happy and healthy hens again. They still lay eggs and do a great job of trimming back the weeds! All our hens and cockerels are available for rehoming.

Chickens

The chickens we care for are usually ex-commercial hens that were kept in confined spaces and used for egg production. Had we not rescued them, they would have been sent for slaughter around the age of 18 months old. Many of them are very scared and missing feathers when they arrive at Raystede but we care for them and make sure they become happy and healthy hens again. They still lay eggs and do a great job of trimming back the weeds! All our hens and cockerels are available for rehoming.

Turkeys

We have one male turkey, Gregory Peck, and one female. Gregory is a true gent and always makes sure his girlfriend his safe from harm. This means he can be a bit territorial whilst protecting her, but we always give him the utmost respect and refrain from invading his space. Did you know that you can sponsor Gregory Peck?

Geese

We have many geese at Raystede, all of which are seeking a new home. If you are interested or thinking about adopting geese, we are more than happy to talk to you. Please do get in touch.

Geese

We have many geese at Raystede, all of which are seeking a new home. If you are interested or thinking about adopting geese, we are more than happy to talk to you. Please do get in touch.

We rely on your donations to help animals like Topsy.

When Topsy arrived with us, he was severely underweight and needed a lot of care. We couldn't help the amount of animals we do without your support. Please donate to help more animals get the care they deserve.

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