Torquay

Torquay penguins inspire novel

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Living Coasts, in Torquay, famous for its penguins, has helped inspire a novelist to write a book featuring penguins – published by Penguin.

The novel, by Exmoor-based writer Hazel Prior, is called Away With The Penguins . Living Coasts' Senior Keeper, Jason Keller, helped Hazel with her research into hand-rearing baby penguins.

Away With The Penguins has been described as a...

Torquay accountant in preparations to take on Rowcroft Hospice’s Male Trail

Authored by Sarah Parker

Andrew Price is beginning his preparations to take part in The Male Trail – Rowcroft Hospices’ annual charity walk.

Andrew is Managing Director at Andrew Price & Co, an accountancy firm based in Torquay that works with clients across the South West, which is raising money for the hospice as its chosen charity of 2020.

The 8-mile walk on 7 March will see Andrew join...

Doh! Homer’s keepers are seeing double…

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Keepers at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo, had to do a double-take recently when they discovered that European common lobster Homer had moulted for the first time in two years.

Aquarist Sam Worthington was particularly pleased, as it was the first time he’d moulted in her time at the charity zoo: “This exoskeleton is almost perfect - right down to the antennae and the eyes....

Zoo keepers get fish to clean their own aquarium

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Ingenious aquarists at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, have trained strange fish to help clean their tank of a naturally-occurring pest.

Filefish, or leatherjackets, have been introduced into the charity zoo’s large stingray tank to help control an invasive anemone.

Aquarist Tom Fielding: “Aiptasia is a common temperate and tropical sea anemone. It comes in...

Devon Accountants pledge year-long support to Rowcroft Hospice 

Authored by Mary

Accountancy firm Andrew Price & Co has announced Rowcroft Hospice as its charity of the year for 2020.

The firm, based in Torquay, is committed to helping their local community and hopes to raise funds for the hospice, which supports more than 2,000 local people every year.

The hospice aims to make every day the best it can be for people with life limiting illnesses and...

Barton complex needs service reopens after £800k refurbishment

Authored by News Gathering

Westbrooke Grange, a Salutem Modus residential home in Barton, near Torquay, has reopened following a complete refurbishment and regeneration scheme.

The service provides accommodation for up to five individuals, living with complex needs in five self-contained flats. It enables individuals with needs including autism, learning difficulties or mental health conditions to live...

New partnership to help Bay’s underwater rainforest

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Two local names with international reputations are joining forces to help a very special - but largely unknown - species. Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, is linking up with Valeport, the Totnes-based underwater measuring instrumentation specialists.

The focus of their partnership is seagrass, a remarkable plant that flowers underwater and forms dense meadows in...

Circus of Horrors is on the hunt for new blood!

Authored by Sarah Parker

You don't have to be a bottle blond to join the outrageous Circus of Horrors but you may be asked to fit in a bottle.

The Circus of Horrors were looking for a new Pickled Person to join their show for their performances in Exeter Corn Exchange on the 22nd June.

All applicants thinking of auditioning will have to fit into a bottle measuring only 2' tall & 18'' in diameter...

Festive food fun with Santa

Authored by Paigntonzoo

They say you shouldn’t play with your food – but at Living Coasts this Christmas, that’s exactly what kids are being encouraged to do. The coastal zoo’s Breakfast with Santa event features food, presents – and penguins.

Living Coasts spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Children get a pancake to decorate. They can choose from things like banana, strawberries, chocolate drops, cream and...

Living Coasts - everyone's local zoo

Authored by Paigntonzoo

We all love local. Local is about communities and families and neighbourhoods. Eating local reduces food miles. Shopping local stimulates the economy. Visiting local is great for attractions on your doorstep.

The weekend of 16th and 17th November is Locals’ Weekend at Living Coasts, when local people can visit Torquay’s coastal zoo for half price. On this occasion, local means anyone...

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