Neither rain nor snow kept visitors from flocking to see the birth of baby lambs

05 March 2012
Yesterday, Sunday 4 March, saw over 2000 visitors flock St. Albans (Smallford) campus to watch the birth of baby lambs and mark the beginning of Spring, at our free Lambing Day event.

Along with live lambing, visitors could take part in an Easter-egg hunt, tractor rides and beauty treatments. With a variety of different animals on-site visitors could also go along to see the Emus, goats, pigs and horses, or some of the smaller mammals and creatures, such as rabbits and reptiles.

The BBC Three Counties Treasure Quest team joined in on the family day, with the College setting up a special “lamb” related task for presenter Jenna Benson to complete.

The on-site nursery was also holding an open day for people to have a look around at the facilities and for the children to play with specially made construction games and have their faces painted.

Also available on the day were hot and cold refreshments, free-range eggs – including duck and goose – and homemade chutneys and jams.

Principal, Zoe Hancock commented: “This is the second year that the College has opened its doors to the public for a special lambing day and despite the weather it was a real success, with even more visitors than last year.  Those who timed it right witnessed the birth of two sets of triplets and two sets of twins – an unforgettable experience!

“As well as being great for the local community, our Animal Care students gain valuable work experience on the day and we would like to thank the local Sea Cadets for helping with the event and who raised much needed funds for Bailey’s Appeal on the day."