"Thank you my duck!"
by Mabel Warner
The little Business with a
difference - (Established 1989)
1998 Published by Rima
Publishing - ISBN: 0953291510
Follow the day-to-day story
of a Bird and Animal Sanctuary created by an ordinary
working Oxfordshire Woman slightly eccentric maybe!!!
Read how the Sanctuary began and the trials and
tribulations of the initial years.
The creation of Wigginton
Waterfowl Sanctuary and Children's Farm is the
realisation of the lifelong dream of Mabel Warner.
Following purchase of the 22 acre site near Wigginton
Heath in 1987, it took 2 years to erect timber
buildings, huts and fencing as well as digging out ponds
to turn the neglected wetland into the Sanctuary.
Since opening in March 1989
many animals have lived happily at the Sanctuary
including; Geese, Ducks, Bantams, Rabbits, Guinea pigs,
Goats, Pigs, Tropical birds, Emus, Terrapins, Ostrich,
Chipmunks, Donkeys to name but a few.
Mabel and her Family have
spent much of their own time caring for sick, injured
and neglected animals and they continue to devote their
lives to the care and love of animals at the Sanctuary.
She has overcome many obstacles to ensure the Sanctuary
will continue: surviving drought, shortage of animal
food, unlawful landfill tipping near the site, and
animal theft. The Sanctuary has enabled Mabel to teach
animal husbandry to other keepers and through Schools
She has worked with
individuals on animal behaviour therapy and the
Sanctuary of course is a rescue centre for those animals
who are in desperate need of a safe loving home.
The design and layout of the
Sanctuary is designed around the natural features of the
land and the existing natural springs system.
The Sanctuary encourages
wildlife, you can enjoy meadowland, hedgerows with wild
flora and Wildlife ponds. Many native wildlife choose
the site as their home including wild rabbits, birds of
prey, frogs and newts.
In 1990 the Sanctuary
received Oxfordshire Special Conservation Award (O.S.C.A)
for Outstanding contribution to conservation in
Parents who visited when
they were young are returning with their own children
for the unique experience at the Sanctuary.
We still allow cuddles with
the baby birds and animals, under the strictest adult
'Mabel's Magical Animal
by Mabel Warner 2007Printed
by Tim & Dawn at Kopyrite.net
This is the first book in
the series of the 'Real Life Stories by Aunty Mabel',
the books have been specially designed for young
children with the help of a Language Consultant and
illustrations. You can enjoy sharing with your children
the short tales of the residents at Wigginton Wildfowl
Sanctuary and Children's Farm both human and animals,
with photographs and illustrations to compliment the
stories and a great keep sake of your visit to the