16th April 2017
Implementation of European level legislation, the EU Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Regulation (1143/2014) to be precise, has changed the way in which certain turtles and terrapins can now move between owners. It is vitally important that as a turtle or terrapin owner you are aware of all the facts to avoid inadvertently breaking the law.
Essentially the changes concerning terrapins boil down to:
Grace’s Rest cannot currently accept turtles or terrapins as we do not have adequate space or facilities to house them (we hope that this will change in the near future as we have been utterly swamped with admission requests for these species in recent months. Despite this we will always work closely with owners to find their pet a placement.
If you like to read further into the implications of this issues please follow the links below:
If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other exotic pet relates issue please get in touch and as always we will do our best to assist you.
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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!