Tuesday, 31 July 2012

New Bunny Bazaar website

Our new Bunny Bazaar website has gone live. Please have a look and remember that all profits go towards RWAF and our campaign work. Thank you.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Buns in the sun

Hope every bun is enjoying the sun, but has got plenty of shade and ofcourse hay and water. Rabbits find it easier to drink from a bowl than a bottle so in this hot weather it may be better to give them access to both. Remember to check the stopper on the bottle is working every day. It is NOT a good idea to bathe bunnies to cool them off, we've added some information about bathing to our website. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pdfs/BathingBunnies-RO.pdf

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Great North Run Sunday 22nd July 2012

We are thrilled that one of our dedicated supporters James Fairman will be running to raise funds for the RWF in the Great North 10K on Sunday, 22nd July. He has told us that he will be going the whole hog and running in a rabbit suit...we hope he gets cool (dry!) weather. If you would sponsor James, that would not only help our welfare work, but give him lots of encouragement, which we really think he deserves. You can pledge your sponsorship here http://www.justgiving.com/James-Fairman If you are going to be in the North East on the day, why not give him your personal encouragement too by being on the Gateshead Quayside and cheering him along? Here's the route. http://greatrun.org/App_Files/Gr_Files/Bupa-Great-North-10k-Gateshead-2012-Course-Map.pdf Well done, James, and thank you!

Friday, 13 July 2012

Have you heard of Rabbiting On?

We know you all enjoyed our series on foraging wildfoods for your rabbits, and want to remind you that there will be an article about it in the next issue of Rabbiting On, our great magazine that is free to all members of the RWA. (Join here to get quarterly issues http://www/rwaf.org.uk/join and all the other benefits membership brings) We are as always heavily involved in our welfare work, and in particular improving rabbits' lives via our A Hutch Is Not Enough campaign, and you can support that directly with a text donation. If you want to donate £1 you should text RWAF11£1 If you want to donate £2 you should text RWAF11£2 If you want to donate £3 you should text RWAF11£3 If you want to donate £4 you should text RWAF11£4 If you want to donate £5 you should text RWAF11£5 If you want to donate £10 you should text RWAF11£10 With your help, we can make a difference

Friday, 6 July 2012

Forage Friday - Mallow and Yarrow

Common Mallow, Various flower shapes and colours.  Very pretty!  Entirely edible Common mallow, in its early flowering stage, is perhaps the prettiest of our wild plants and it's reckoned to be entirely without any harmful qualities, so ideal for our small furries (and us! And tortoises, if you have those!) to eat. It's entirely missing in winter and spring, but in early summer can be seen growing on roadsides, lanes, waste ground, banksides and meadows. The leaves are up to 4 inches across at their widest, very bright green and shiny. They vary slightly in shape from kidney-shaped to 5-lobed but those lobes are always connected at the base into a single leaf. The centre where they meet the stalk is dark, sometimes puple-ish, and the stalks grow up from the plant base. Flowers come later in the summer and are striking. They're rather reminiscent of many varieties of cranesbill flowers and always have 5 petals, though it may be hard to see the separation between those petals in some specimens. They vary in colour from pinkish to a deeper purple with darker stripes on each petal radiating from the centre to the edges of the petals, fading as the reach the edge. By the end of the season, the plant becomes un-attractive, with a rather tough stalk and very few leaves, which are dull and of poor quality, with perhaps one or two flowers. However, throughout, they remain totally edible. Try the plant yourself! It's glutinous, and so great for thickening soups and stews. As always, be certain you have the plant you think you have, and wash before feeding to your pets (or yourself!) Yarrow, So pretty.  The pink flowers are from my own plant This plant flourishes in the summer and flowers from July onwards, in a variety of colours, most often white, but various shades of pink too. The leaves are reminiscent of fern and in better nourished soil, it can grow up to almost 4ft high. It is also known as Milfoil. It's a common roadside plant, with very tough, angular stems, and in poorer soils, it rarely grows higher than a foot. It will die back in autumn and be all but undetectable over the winter. The flowers grow in clusters and it's only when you look more closely that you can see the individual flowers and how pretty they actually are. If the plant is bruised, every part of it emits an aromatic odour. The leaflets are much cut, resembling hair-like segments. The plant can be found in most pastures. It's believed to contain tonic properties and is often deliberately sown in permanent pasture alongside grass. ............... We are very pleased with the response to this series of messages on wild plant foraging and glad that we've been able to help your rabbits have a more varied diet of natural foods. Like all good things, though, it has to come to an end...but not quite. The next issue of Rabbiting On (free to all RWA members) will contain an article on foraging wild plants for rabbits. Remember too the two books we sell in our online shop, Green foods for Rabbits and Cavies by FR Bell and Rabbit Nutrition by Virginia Richardson. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/catalog/index.php?cPath=38 and also the Postcode Plants Database, so you know what is likely to grow wild in your area http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/plants-fungi/postcode-plants/ Many of the plants we have brought to you can be grown in your garden from seed. Contact Galens Garden or Rabbit Nutrition for seeds. We also want to remind you about our 2012 conference, Rabbit Interactive which will happen on 1st September. Watch this space for more details.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Our featured rescues for July

Featured rescues for July This month the featured rescues on our website are Odies Rescue in Suffolk and Rabbit Rehoming in Bath. They have many lovely rabbits all in need of a second chance, so if you live in those areas, and have space in your home, please consider adopting from them. http://www.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/rwf/?section=rescues.html There are many more, of course, across the UK, also in need of new forever homes, so please search any and all of these websites http://www.rabbitrehome.org.uk/ http://www.saveafluff.co.uk/ http://www.rescuereview.co.uk/directory.php We'd especially like to mention Betty and Quincy who are living at present in the care of the RSPCA at Gonsal Farm in Shropshire. Here's what the RSPCA says about this lovely couple It’s bunny love for Quincy and Betty Two bunnies in need of a new abode together Betty and Quincy RSPCA Shropshire (photo courtesy of RSPCA) Two bonded bunnies that have found love in RSPCA care are in need of a new abode where they can remain together. Quincy and Betty have both had difficult pasts making their bunny love all the more heartwarming. Poor Quincy is coming up for a year in RSPCA care after originally being found in August last year hopping around a street in Coventry. He was taken to the charity’s Coventry animal centre but after no one was interested in him was moved in December to Birmingham animal centre. But again no one offered a home to Quincy so his third move was to Gonsal Farm animal centre in Shropshire. It was since moving to Gonsal in February that his luck changed when he met and fell for the bonnie Betty. Betty’s past was just as unsettling after she was removed by an inspector after being found in a neglected state with several other rabbits. Her previous owner was prosecuted by the RSPCA and during this time Betty stayed in private boarding where she spent many months. In February Betty was transferred to Gonsal where love blossomed over the dandelions upon meeting Quincy and now the best friends get stressed when they are separated. “Both Betty and Quincy are quite nervous rabbits but after being through so much it is no surprise,” said Taryn Gronbeck animal care assistant at Gonsal Farm. “They are responding well to gentle handling but we really need to get them into a home where a patient owner can work on improving their confidence. We can’t separate them as they get very stressed when parted. In a new home, with the right owner, they will fully bloom into care-free, happy, bouncy bunnies.” If you can offer a love shack to Quincy and Betty please call Gonsal Farm animal centre on 0300 123 0753 . Gonsal Farm currently has lots of lovely bunnies patiently waiting on new homes. If you are interested in rehoming a rescue rabbit check out the RSPCA website at www.rspca.org.uk