Behind the scenes


Why we love to receive donated fabric

16th March 2018


What happened to the big move?

22nd February 2018


All is revealed!

9th February 2018


Today is a big day for Smokey and Bandit

2nd February 2018


An apology for the one creature we dislike here at GR HQ.

14th December 2016


A great day tarnished by a rumour, time to set the record straight.

21st June 2016


Plans for the future are getting bigger and bigger!

17th June 2016


Think we're not up to much?  You're wrong!

8th June 2016


How we were blown away on Easter Saturday 2016

1st April 2016


Animal rescue is very emotive, but that doesn't mean we can't be civil!

18th February 2016


Grace, the Scorpions, Sun Beetles and Vinnie get a makeover!

7th February 2016


Looking back on the time since our move to Warwickshire.

4th February 2016


Read about the little lizard who started it all.

1st June 2015


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Office hours: 10am - 5pm


Emergency calls accepted 24/7


Open every day


Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)


Clare is a research scientist and PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln where she is studying wildlife conservation and the direct impact of the exotic pet trade on wild animal populations.  She will be working from the Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology of Adaptations.  Clare has also been honoured to become part of the Global Amphibian Biodiversity research team.


Clare has almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals a specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna.  She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions.  Clare has worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own.  She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!

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