Angell Pets involvement in overseas conservation

We take animal welfare seriously at Angell Pets We follow the top industry standards with our own animals and give our customers the best available advice and information so they can do the same. We also have contributed to animal conservation and welfare at other establishments and around the world. Our staff have worked on a projects locally with the Gloucester Wildlife Trust, across the UK, such as encouraging the re-introduction of otters to Birmingham and for the last few years at various locations around the world.

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Africa Nature Reserve

George Angell (familiar in the shop to many of our customers) left the UK to help with work on Assumption and Aldabra for SIF (Seychelles Island Federation). Having worked on Rhino conservation in Africa during university, he was keen to get involved as soon as possible. Initially landing on Mahe – the main island in the Seychelles, George worked for a few months on supporting Black Parrot conservation. This work was a long term project, continuing after George left that was recently declared a success. He moved on from Mahe to the main focus of his work on the Seychelles controlled Atolls of Adabra and Assumption. These islands are so remote, even from the Seychelles islands themselves, that travel there is not possible all year round, so George contributed to the Mahe project whilst waiting for transport to be available.

 

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Mahe

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Mahe

Aldabra is a world heritage site and as such is an important and therefore protected environment. Invasive species of birds had made it at least as far as Assumption Island (40 km from the coral atoll of Aldabra) and an E.U. funded project was in place to remove these birds before they got to Aldabra (and to check how many may have already have got there and remove them).

George left to assist with the removal of these birds, helping to protect this important and unique habitat. He also did his own research for his dissertation toward his higher degree on the work he will be involved in.

Aldabra and Assumption are extremely remote islands in the middle of the Indian ocean. Situated  1100km south west from the main Seychelles Islands, Assumption is only 11 square kilometres. The only population are the scientists George is joining who go by boat to study Aldabra and support staff who maintain the landing strip. He was not be able to get there until October as travel is not possible from the Seychelles island of Mahe until then.

Below is an extract from the project brief outlining why the work was important and what it was trying to achieve and George’s part in it.

Under the European Commission’s (EC) Thematic Programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources, including Energy, the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) is implementing a 4-year project entitled “Mainstreaming the management of invasive alien species to preserve the ecological integrity and enhance the resilience of Seychelles World Heritage Sites” (‘the Action’) which started in February 2011. The overall objective of the Action is to develop and implement a strategic programme applying the ecosystem approach to limit the spread and reduce the impact of invasive alien species (IAS) in Seychelles’ World Heritage Sites (WHS). The Action is being coordinated and implemented by SIF, in partnership with the Seychelles Environment Department (ED) and National Parks Authority (SNPA), and with project associates Islands Development Company (IDC) and Island Conservation Society (ICS).

Under the project’s specific objectives, an eradication of avian IAS from Assumption of the Red-Whiskered Bulbul Pycnonotus jocosus and the Madagascar Fody, Foudia madagascariensis is underway. Until recently, Aldabra was thought to be the largest island in the world with no introduced avian species but in 2012 both the Assumption introduced species have been observed in the eastern part of Aldabra. These species have long been considered the most severe threat to Aldabra’s avifauna, making their eradication an immediate conservation priority. SIF is therefore running two parallel bird eradications on these adjacent islands. Due to the unexpected invasion on Aldabra , more staff are being recruited to help ensure the success of these eradications.

Georges specific role in this project was as follows.

1. Eradication of all introduced birds from Assumption and Aldabra

2. Improved understanding of avian IAS ecology on Assumption and Aldabra

3. Continued trial of alternative eradication methods for invasive avian species

4. Elimination of the threat of avian invasive species to Aldabra’s ecosystem and outstanding universal values

5. Recommendations for restoration of avian fauna on Assumption

George’ duties also included catching their own food (to quote the organiser – “hope you like fish and rice”) and there were lots of opportunities to see the local marine life (he had invested in prescription scuba goggles). Fortunately he didn’t get to see some of it too closely (sharks, venomous snails, fish etc.) and got to meet the famous Aldabran Giant Tortoise  very up close and personal. Assumption has an air strip that has to be cleared of tortoises before supply planes can land and so they are not all as friendly as those on Aldabra. George can vouch for that having been chased by “Terry” who’s head came up to Georges hip! He also made a trip across the island to an abandoned unfinished hotel where he had to construct barriers across the door ways to try to keep the robber crabs (giant land crabs) out of the gear – they steal everything!

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Fishing for dinner on Assumption

This, as you can imagine, was a sort after placement and George had to interview and compete to get the post. We were very pleased to be involved in such a globally important project and wish the team still on the islands every success in their continued efforts to protect our environment.

After completing his term on the SIF projects George returned to the UK to complete his  honours degree gaining a first. During this period he worked in the shop at weekends, providing our customers with the benefit of his growing knowledge base.

On completion of his degree he again looked about for conservation work around the world. There were a number of competing projects looked at, from  the Antarctic to the Galapagos. In the end he opted for New Zealand.

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New Zealand Office

New Zealand is a group of islands with an endemic population of flora and fauna This means the animals and plants of New Zealand are found there and no where else in the world.

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Walking The Trails

As these species have evolved in isolation, they are vulnerable to the introduction of invasive competing or predatory species from outside the islands. Since man has reached the islands there has been a decline of endemic species, from the now extinct Moa (a large flightless bird, hunted to extinction by the newly arrived Maori people) to the endangered Kiwis and Kakapo (smaller flightless birds, brought close to extinction by predators introduced by European settlers to control the rats and mice they had already accidently introduced from their ships and initial supplies). George was to become involved in the control and/or eradication of some of these invaders, such as the Australian brush tailed Possum, the European stoat, ferret and weasel to name but a few.

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Time Off

He spent three years working towards the stated aim of New Zealand to become predator free by 2050 (with a couple of months out to train vultures in Spain to fly with tourist on paragliders!) As a falconer, he also captured, trained and released two Autralasian Swamp Harriers during his stay, being amongst a mere handful of people in the world licensed to do this.

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Vulture

After three years of this work George has returned to the UK where he is using his expertise to train upcoming animal carers, handlers and perhaps future conservationists at a college in Oxford. At the same time he is working for us back in the shop in Hucclecote on Saturdays where our customers can benefit from his knowledge and experience. We are very happy that Angell Pets staff are so involved in the promotion of animal welfare at such a range of levels, from giving advice on dog food to protecting some of the worlds most endangered species in the most hands on way possible.

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Working Hard

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Back Working In The Shop

So there it is. Just a little background on just one of the Angell Pets staff members. Perhaps I’ll do another log at some point on the relevant experience of the rest of us one day.

The Angell Pets Team

Christmas opening hours

It’s a bit of an odd one this year for Angell Pets as of course the new shop is not open until we have completed the refurbbishment work. This won’t be until the new year now but we are still trading over the telephone and online. Our trading times and deliveries for the Christmase period are below.

Wednesday 20/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Normal delivery schedule

Thursday 21/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Normal delivery schedule

Friday 23/12/17 10:00 -17:00 Delivery to all local areas

Saturday 24/1217 10:00 – 17:00 Order for collection from shop only, no deliveries (for those last minute “Oh, I forgot the dog food!” moments…)

Sunday 24/12//17 CLOSED

Monday 25/12/17 CLOSED (no dleveries)

Tuesday 26/12/17 CLOSED (no deliveries)

Wednesday 27/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Normal delivery schedule

Thursday 28/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Normal delivery schedule

Friday 29/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Normal delivery schedule

Saturday 30/12/17 10:00 – 17:00 Order for collection from shop

Sunday 31/12/17 CLOSED

Monday 01/12/18 CLOSED

Tyesdaty 02/12/18 Back to normal opening times and delivery schedule

A merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our customers and see you all in the new shop in the new year.

 

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pets Opening Soon In Hucclecote

After what seems like forever we have just received the keys to our new premises. Our new  Gloucerster pet shop will be in Hucclecote. Unfortunately there is a lot of work to do before we can open the doors to the public, especially since all our contractors are shutting down for Christmas. To speed things along we will undertake as much work as we can ourselves over the holiday period but it is still going to be several weeks before we are ready.

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In the mean time you can still take advantage of our FREE local delivery service for all your pet supplies. To order just call us on 01452 501882 or go on line.

Our new premises is at:-

2/3 Glenville Parade, Hucclecote, Gloucester GL3 3ES

We look forward to seeing you soon in our new Gloucester pet shop.

The Angell Pets Team

Gloucester Pet Shop – Angell Pets Is Moving

Angell Pets opened in 2009 with our first Gloucester pet shop in Abbeymead. We were there for five years but unfortunately had to move when our lease expired and our landlord would not renew it (they wanted the premises for their own business). We took this as an opportunity to expand our business by moving to a larger property by the Gloucester Quays that enabled us to further expand our range and add additional services to our Gloucester pet shop, such as boarding for small animals, birds and reptiles. When we moved in there was a large car park 50m away and things looked good for the future growth of our business.

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Unfortunately we did not take into account the determination of Gloucester City Council to drive the small trader out of Gloucester in preference to the large out of town developments. The car park was closed 6 months after we moved in, despite the protestations of small businesses such as ours and the immediate result was a loss of 50% of our takings. We have been unable to get this business back and the frequent cry of “isn’t parking rubbish ’round here” has become like finger nails down a chalk board to us. Despite making large changes and reducing our overheads we are unable to sustain these losses so have got to move. It’s a shame because the premises itself was OK, just now in the wrong location and for other reasons too.

In addition to the parking fiasco, there are other reasons to move our Gloucester pet shop. Customers who follow us on Facebook will be aware of the issues we have had over the last three years with the power here. We have a lot of animals that rely on external heat and oxygenation. When the power goes off, it is a major issue for us and we have to do a lot of work keeping the animals safe and well. In addition we cannot trade without power which just adds to the financial pressure on the business. During the worst outage (14 hours), I had to bring up extra heating and insulation for the reptiles and stay at the shop until midnight, manually stirring the fish tanks to keep them oxygenated, all in the dark. It is 2017 for goodness sake and we have had more power cuts than the winter of discontent (yes, I am old enough to remember that).

Another major issue is the council and police’s inability to keep Gloucester City safe. We have had numerous incidents in the shop and in town whilst posting orders. Staff have been verbally and physically abused and threatened. It is unsafe for me to be absent from the premises as we never know when the next moron (or gang of morons!) is going to come in. Staff have been threatened with everything from spitting to having their throats slit. We have seen a woman outside the shop front beaten to the ground and punched whilst still down (losing teeth!) and no action has ever been taken by the police other than to “move them on”, in fact the operator told us that if I went out to the woman’s assistance I would be arrested. I can’t risk the safety of our staff. Also the level of theft is too high for us to sustain here as well.

So enough of the negatives, now the positive. We are moving again in October and it’s closer to our original customer base. The main thing is that there is ample FREE PARKING. Our new premises is likely to be in Hucclecote. The new location of our new Gloucester Pet Shop is ideal to serve our traditional customer base of Abbeymead and Abbeydale, Matson, Upton, Barnwood, Hucclecote, Longlevens, Churchdown and Brockworth. We will of course be maintaining our FREE LOCAL DELIVERY service for our customers in and around Gloucester, in Cheltenham and in Painswick. Of course our UK wide customers will not be affected by the move at all, other than to have wider choice.

So, onward and upward! Come and see us in our new Gloucester Pet Shop when it opens, even if it is just to have a nosey at the new place. It will take a little while to get everything just the way we want it and initially we may be running the two premises at the same time whilst I spend my nights moving fixtures, fittings and stock across.

 

The Angell Pets Team

April offers from our Gloucester pet shop

April offers are now available in our pet shop Gloucester and our on line web store. Order on line, by telephone on 01452 501882 or pop in and see us in our Gloucester pet shop.

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Hollings Puffed Jerky 400g ONLY £4.99  RRP £5.99

Chicken leg

Lick N Chew Chicken Leg ONLY £1.49  RRP £2.75

Puppy days

Barking Heads Puppy Days 2kg ONLY £8.99  RRP £12.99

sensations meat

Felix Sensations Crunchies Meat 10 x 100g ONLY £3.49  RRP £5.19

sensations fish

Felix Sensations Crunchies Fish 10 x 100g ONLY £3.49  RRP £5.19

Bakers beef

Bakers Complete Beef & Veg  2.27kg ONLY £4.75  RRP £6.65

Bakers chicken

Bakers Complete Chicken & Veg 2.27kg ONLY £4.75  RRP £6.65

Iams dog chicken

Iams Dog Adult Large Breed Chicken 12kg ONLY £22.99  RRP £30.99

Hill canine adult chicken

Hills Canine Adult Chicken 12kg ONLY £38.99  RRP £50.49

Dreamies Extra Crunch Cheese 60g ONLY £1.00  RRP £1.56

Dreamies Extra Crunch Chicken 60g ONLY £1.00  RRP £1.56

Dreamies Extra Crunch Salmon 60g ONLY £1.00  RRP £1.56

Whiskas complete

Whiskas Cat 1+ Complete Dry With Chicken 7kg ONLY £11.99  RRP £17.66

Kelties

Burns Kelties 200g ONLY £1.75  RRP £2.25

Burns weight control

Burns Weight Control Treat 200g ONLY £1.75  RRP £2.25

one dose cat

Johnsons One Dose Wormer Cat 2 Tablets ONLY £5.99  RRP £6.99

Guinea pig stick

Vitakraft Guinea Pig Stick Fruit 2 Pack ONLY £1.99  RRP £2.69

Rabbit Stick

Vitakraft Rabbit Stick Wild Berry 2 Pack ONLY £1.99  RRP £2.69

Hamster Stick

Vitakraft Hamster Stick Fruit 2 Pack ONLY £1.99  RRP £2.69

Sandsheet large

Sandsheet Large (No 6 Red) ONLY £1.00  RRP £1.55

selective rabbit

Selective Rabbit 3kg ONLY £5.99  RRP £7.99

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Selective Guinea Pig 3kg ONLY £6.99  RRP £8.99

Opening hours of our Gloucester pet shop are here.

The Angell Pets Team

Change to Angell Pets Opening Times

Since our move to Southgate Street it has become apparent that our customers’ shopping habits are a little different here. Whilst before we had lots of customers at opening and closing times, here we rarely get any customers first thing or many after 5pm. At that same time, different aspects of our business have grown rapidly. For instance, we have a lot more local deliveries than ever before, more web site orders to process and our boarding facility is always fully booked at peak times and even “out of season” we are rarely without at least few visitors.

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With all this in mind we are changing the opening hours of our Gloucester pet shop to accommodate these changes in customer habits and better utilise our time. So rather than sit around last thing in the afternoon waiting for closing time to come, we will be closing 1/2 hour earlier so we can get started on the local deliveries in time to complete the round before every one thinks we have forgotten them!

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Also we will be opening an hour later each day so that we can use the time to process over night web orders, dispatch those orders, attend to boarders, carry out marketing operations and do all the boring admin stuff we get too busy in the day to do.

 

There should be little effect on our existing customers as hardly anyone uses us during those times anyway and we can improve the level of service to our home delivery customers and increase capacity for this growing area of our business. The new opening times are as follows:-

Monday 10am – 5.30pm

Tuesday 10am – 5.30pm

Wednesday 10am – 5.30pm

Thursday 10am – 5.30pm

Friday 10am – 5.30pm

Saturday 10am – 5.30pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm

Bank holidays 10am – 4pm

Nothing else is changing. We are still open 7 days a week. We are still open every day of the year except Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day. We are still doing FREE local delivery to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Painswick, We are still boarding small animals, reptiles and birds, we still offer the same huge range of  quality products. However, since it is me that is doing most of this myself (obviously with the help of the family staff) I have to make the absolute best use of my time possible and delivering service to our customers is more useful than me sitting in the shop, looking out down Southgate Street – as “entertaining” as that can be sometimes!

My apologies if this small change causes any inconvenience (I can’t see it will) but hopefully the extra time will improve service to existing customers and increase capacity further to cater for new ones.

The Angell Pets Team

Angell Pet April discounts

Angell Pet discounts for this month. These are our regular wholesaler discounts and some of our own.

Our Angell  Pets “Best Pets Local” wholesaler deals for April are as follows. I have taken the time to do a price comparison with the largest retailers I could find that stock these products (mainly supermarkets and online). Even where they have got offers on, you’ll see we are still cheaper. Makes you wonder doesn’t it. With their huge buying power, they must be paying less than us and yet they still charge you more!

Felix Sensations Pouces 8 x 100g fish/meat/sauce selections ONLY £2.45 (Tescos price £3.50)

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Harringtons Salmon Rolls and Chicken Rolls 160g ONLY £1.00 (Tescos special offer price £1.50)

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Burgess Adult Dog Beef/Chicken 15kg ONLY £14.99 (Couldn’t find this anywhere else but RRP £20.29)

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Vitakraft HamsterGuinea Pig and Rabbit Krackers 2pk ONLY £1.85 (Couldn’t find these either but RRP £2.49)

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Whiskas Simply Pouch 12x85g Grilled FIsh/Steamed FIsh/Kitten Steamed Fish ONLY £2.99 (Tescos price £4.25, Asda £4.45)

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Bakers Complete Adult 2.7kg Beef & Veg/Chicken & Veg ONLY £4.95 (Tescos price £6, Asda £6.65, Morrisons £6)

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Russel Rabbit 2.5kg ONLY £2.99 (Zooplus special offer price £7.99, our own normal price £4.99)

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Chewdles Chicken Complete 2.5kg Adult/Puppy ONLY £3.99 (couldn’t find anywhere else but RRP £5.79)

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Aquarian Goldfish Flake 50g ONLY £2.79 (Tescos £3.68, Asda £3.50, Morrisons £3.68)

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Hollings Pig Ear Strips 500g ONLY £4.49 (Countrywide price £7.99)

Pedigree Tasty Bites Cheesy Nibbles/Chewy Slices ONLY £1 (Tescos special offer price £1, Pets At Home price £1.50)

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Animal Dreams Hamster Wool Large ONLY £1.49 (couldn’t find elsewhere but RRP £1.99)

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Good Boy Moppy Monster Giggler ONLY £3.99 (Couldn’t find elsewhere but RRP £6.99)

Johnsons One Dose Easy Wormer Size 2 ONLY £4.49 (Countrywide price £6.49, Pets At Home price £5.00, Jolleys price £5.50)

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 All competitor prices correct at 15:00 on 30/03/15, as published online . All Angell Pets offers avaiable in store and online at www.angellpets.co.uk 

Also available in store at Angell Pet

20% off all in stock James Wellbeloved cat and dog food (whilst stocks last)

20% off Skinners Field and Trial Worker 15kg (whilst stocks last)

30% off all Exo Terra glass terrariums (also available online)

20% off Biorb 30L fish tank, filter and light. (also available online)

10% off all wild bird feeders (Also available online)

The Angell Pet Team

 

 

 

Angell Pets Easter Opening Times

Angell Pets Gloucester pet shop is OPEN all Easter again this year.

If you are coming down to the docks over Easter, why not pop in and have a look around.

Angell Pets Gloucester pet shop opening hours are as follows

Friday 10am – 4pm (no deliveries)

Saturday 9am – 6pm (no deliveries)

Sunday  10am – 4pm (no deliveries)

Monday 10am – 5pm (no deliveries)

Tuesday – back to normal hours and free local deliveries.

For details of what is on offer in Angell Pets Gloucester pet shop visit angellpets.co.uk

 

Hills Feline 10% off throughout January.

Hills Feline cat food is now 10% off for all of January. This discount is for all we have in stock plus any we have to order in. So you still get your discount even if we run out in store.

Hills Feline

These are the lines we usually have in stock….

Hills Feline Kitten Tuna

Hills Feline Kitten Chicken

Hill Feline Adult Chicken

Hills Feline Adult Tuna

Hills Feline Adult Rabbit

Hills Feline Adult Light Chicken

Hills Feline Adult Light Tuna

Hills Feline Mature Chicken

Hills Feline Mature Tuna

Hills Feline Mature Light Chicken

Hills Feline Oral Care Chicken

Hills Feline Hairball Control

Hills Feline Mature Hairball Control

Of course all these discount qualify for FREE local delivery to Gloucester, Cheltenham and Painswick. (FREE local delivery is available on orders made on line, over the telephone or in store).

Other flavours and sizes of the Hills Feline range are available to order at 10% off.

The Angell Pets Team

 

 

Angell Pets January Discounts

Angell Pets has some exclusive offers avaiable this month in addition to those already posted. A lot of these offers are whilst stocks last so please make sure you grab a bargain quickly to avoid disappointment.

Angell Pets Qute Hamster Cage

Qute Hamster Cage with storage in beech – normal price £139.99 – now only £83.99 (only one in stock).

Angell Pets Komodo Ecology Vivarium

Komodo Ecology vivarium in beech – large only – normal price £159.99 – now only £109.99 (only one in stock)

Angell Pets Cat It Fresh and Clear Fountain with Bowl

Cat It Fresh N Clear Cat Fountain and Feeding Bowl – 20% off (only one in stock)

Angell Pets Bird Feeder

Wild Bird Feeders – 10% off all in stock

Angell Pets Shampoo

Dog and Cat Shampoo and Conditioners – 10% off all in stock

These Angell Pets offers are available in store and online and of course all qualify for FREE local delivery.

 

The Angell Pets Team