The Great Outdoors

The Animals

  • goats
  • chickens
  • alpacas
  • running free
  • donkeys
  • stroking a hen
  • looking at sheep in field

All children across GWFEYC have a lot of contact with the animals. They experience a hands on approach to learning about them and witness lambing season, sheep shearing and collect eggs from the hens. We have 4 chickens and 2 pygmy goats callled Niknak and Peanut (named by the children!).

In June 2014, we bought two donkeys called Freddy and Misty. They live in the paddock at the back of the nursery garden, the children enjoy feeding them carrots and apples and love hearing their loud 'braying' sounds! 

We also have a pony called Beano who arrived in Summer 2017. Beano is a Shetland pony he is gentle natured and loves the attention from the children. 

If the grass in the paddocks becomes too long, Farmer Brian moves some of his sheep into the paddocks and we have two pet sheep who always live there.  They were our cade lambs and were born in Spring 2020, we are looking forward to them having their first lambs in Spring 2022. 

In the summer of 2020 Farmer Brian created a path for the nursery children to walk down to visit the animals in their paddocks.  Our latest addition to our nursery pet farm are three alpacas, called Blueberry, Cyril and Riley.  They are all really friendly and the children love feeding them carrot sticks and stroking their soft necks.