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26th September 2011

A few months ago a visitor asked for the fleeces from the three Ouessant sheep. No one thought anything more about it until her husband appeared in this amazing Jumper:


All the wool from Bourbon, Custard and Cream was hand woven and knitted by Jenny. Husband Ian testified that it was lovely and warm - needless to say we were all very impressed!

5th September 2011


Harvest Mice are the latest new arrivals here at Totnes Rare Breeds.

We are lucky enough to have a family of 11 that have settled in.

Come and be amazed as you watch them explore their new enclosure, using their prehensile tails to balance through the highest thistles and branches.

Harvest Mice are the smallest European rodent - weighing as little as 4 grams - so you'll need a keen eye to spot them all!

Recently, as numbers dwindle, Harvest Mice have become almost impossible to spot in the wild in Britain so make sure you take this opportunity to come nose to nose with them.

Head down to Totnes Rare Breeds on Sunday 7th August for the 2011 Art Day.

With local illustrator Paula Cloonan on-hand to offer guidance and tips, they'll be enough going on to occupy arty crafty people of all ages, all day:

- Sketch books and drawing boards will be handed out, with pencils, pens and watercolours available to capture that magical picture. Settle down on a straw bale to sketch your favourite animal, paint the green landscape of the farm, or doodle a beautiful flower.

- Make a bird feeder out of a milk bottle, decorate it, then take it home and make lots of feathered friends.

- Choose an animal mask to decorate, then get busy with the glue. Will it be a white wooly sheep, a pink pig or a feathered owl? Yours to keep - who doesn't want to pretend to be a pig?

- Model your favourite animal out of clay, and take that home too.

- Contribute your drawing to our big Rare Breeds canvas - and don't forget to sign it!

All materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you wish. All this for no extra cost, just the usual farm entry rates. So there's no excuse not to come down for a memorable, super-creative day.

Just watch out for the goats eating your artwork...

22nd June 2011

Thank you to everyone who put names in the box for our beautiful kid goats. Unless Tuppence has something she's not telling us all the babies have now been born.

The four girls are Bella, Bonnie, Buttons and Beatrice.

Five boys are Barrie, Billy, Brian and Bradley and Bertie.

It's the year of the Bs! So everyone start thinking up C names for 2012.

19th April 2011

There’s great excitement at Totnes Rare Breeds, as today sees the launch of ‘3 Great Attractions, One Amazing Day’: Devon’s new fun-packed day out. The farm is joining forces with two more of Devon’s leading attractions, the South Devon Railway and The Dartmoor Otters and Buckfast Butterflies, which together offer a full and varied day of activities, with something to appeal to almost everyone.

Today’s launch, just in time for the Easter break, will guide local press and prestigious visitors around the three attractions, taking them from the Otters and Butterflies at Buckfastleigh along the beautiful seven-mile Steam Railway before they arrive at the farm. Everyone at this end is hoping the guests will discover their inner child among bottle-fed lambs, cuddly owls and hungry, naughty goats.

Although joint tickets for the three attractions have been available for years, the three attractions are now concentrating on pooling their resources to promote this great family day out, which offers great value for money

‘We just want people to chill out’ explained Barrie Tolley, owner of Totnes Rare Breeds. ‘Relax, we’re going to show you a beautiful part of the world, whilst doing our utmost to make sure every member of the family is entertained. This is about the good things: stunning scenery and charming animals, plus lovely food, free parking, and friendly staff. This is not about driving around with bored children in the back trying to decide what to do next’.