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

Pet Shop Gloucester Easter Opening Times

Pet shop Gloucester opening times for this Easter are as follows :-

Up to Thursday 24/03/16 9am – 6pm (FREE local delivery service)

Good Friday 25/03/16 – 10am – 4pm (No FREE local delivery)

Saturday 26/03/16 – 9am – 6pm (No FREE local delivery)

Sunday 27/03/16 – 9am – 4pm (No FREE local delivery)

Bank holiday Monday – 28/03/16 (No FREE local delivery)

Tuesday 29/03/16 – Back to normal hours and FREE local delivery service.

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If you are coming to Spring Fest 2016 at Gloucester Quays do be sure to pop in and see us in our pet shop Gloucester at Angell Pets on the corner of Llanthony Road.

 

The Angell Pets Team

 

Pet Shop Gloucester July Special Offers

Pet shop Gloucester July offers are now in store and on line. Some great offers on some of our most popular poroducts as well as some new stuff.

These  pet shop Gloucester offers always sell fast so you do need to contact us quickly to be sure of getting a bargain. The offers run all month but often the wholesalet runs out before the end of the month.

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Pedigree Pouch 100g x 4 Puppy, adult chicken and lamb, adult chicken beef and veg and senior chicken and beef in gravy. ONLY 99p

pet shop Gloucester

Hills Science Plan Feline 2kg Mature Chicken and Mature Tuna ONLY £11.99

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Gerty Guinea Pig 2.5kg ONLY £4.49

Pet Shop Gloucester

Ancol Viva extending lead 5m medium black, red, and blue ONLY £9.99

pet shop Gloucester

Omega Tasty 15kg original and chicken ONLY £14.99

Pet Shop Gloucester

Supa Hamilton and Sutherland bird seed feeders ONLY £6.39

Pet Shop GloucesterWhiskas complete cat food with chicken 10kg ONLY £18.99

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Kong Jumbler football large/extra largge ONLY 9.99

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Harringtons grain free dog food 1.75kg BUY ONE GET ONE FREE

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Tetra Pond 4ltr ONLY £6.69

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Johnsons Fipronil Cat Spot On single treatment ONLY £3.99

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Burgess Excel Junior and dwarf 2kg ONLY £3.59

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Felix As Good As It Looks Ocean Feasts 44 x 100g ONLY £10.99

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Beaphar multi wormer for cats ONLY £3.79

We have loads of other offers on all the time in our pet shop Gloucester store so pop in and see us.

The Angell Pets team

Gloucester Pet Shop Easter Opening Times

Angell Pets Gloucester pet shop is open all over the Easter holiday period.

Our opening times this Easter are as follows:-

Good Friday 10am – 4pm (no local deliveries)

Saturday 9am – 6pm

Sunday 10am – 4pm 

Easter Monday (no local deliveries)

Tuesday – back to normal hours and deliveries.

There is a lot going on at the docks this weekend so we hope to see you in the shop.

The Angell Pets Team

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

 

Angell Pets Christmas And New Year Opening Times

It doesn’t seem like a year ago I was publishing the opening times for the holidays but there you go. So, our first Christmas in our new store. We have got in extra stock to help get our customers over the Christmas period without any shortages.

Angell Pets opening times this year are as follows. All changes to normal times and services are highlighted in red:-

Up to and including Tuesday 23rd – normal hours and free local delivery service.

Wednsday 24th – Christmas Eve 9am – 6pm. No free local deliveries.

Thursday 25th – Christmas Day – CLOSED

Friday 26th – Boxing Day – CLOSED

Saturday 27th – 10am – 5pm

Sunday 28th – 10am – 4pm

Monday 29th – 9am – 5pm. Normal free local deliveries.

Tuesday 30th – 9am – 6pm. Normal free local deliveries.

Wednesday 31st – 9am – 6pm. No free local deliveries.

Thursday 1st – CLOSED.

Friday 2nd – 10am – 6pm. Normal free local deliveries.

Sat 3rd onward – back to normal opening hours and free local delivery service on weekdays.

Please note that UK deliveries will be dispatched as normal throughout the holidays but will be subject to usual postal service Christmas closures so arrival may be delayed.

Have a merry Christmas, a happy new year and if we don’t see you in the shop, hope to see you on your doorstep as we drop off your orders.

The Angell Pets Team

 

Angell Pets are moving!!!

Angell Pets has been based in Abbeymead for the last 5 years. Sadly our landlord saw fit to serve us with a notice to quit because he says he wants to put in an estate agents (virtually next door to the existing one!). Anyway we didn’t hang around but found ourselves a new premises right next to the Quays in Gloucester.

Angell Pets Pet shop Gloucester

We are moving to 168 – 170 Southgate Street, on the corner of Llanthony Road and Southgate Street. We are hoping to have the new shop OPEN by 24th November 2014. We will continue to trade from our existing Abbeymead store up until Friday the 21st. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd we will be taking orders over the telephone or online through our webstore.

We appreciate the support our local customers in Abbeymead have given us over the past five years and offer FREE local delivery so we can still support those customers who cannot make it into the new shop. You can order online, over the telephone and if ordering over the telephone can pay by card or cash on delivery. Deliveries will be Monday to Friday and normally in the evening, although as the popularity of this service grows we may have to start putting on some deliveries during the day as well.

Any change, especially one forced upon you, is difficult to manage. We will try to ensure stock levels are maintained during the move but I am sure there is plenty of scope for some items to run a bit low. Restocking only normally takes us a couple of days if this does occur however.

We have thousands of lines plus all the shelving, animals and cages to move so it is not going to be easy but in the long run the extra space and cheaper rent and rates in the new shop is going to allow us to offer new services and promotions to our customers so hopefully the forced move will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Please pop in the Abbeymead shop during November as we will have some fantastic offers on as we reduce stock levels so there is less to move. Of course we would love you to visit us in our new premises after the 24th of November as well. Hopefully we will see you there.

 

The Angell Pets Team

September offers and discounts

Discounts and offers available at Angell Pets throughout September (plus a couple of extras!)

We have loads of fantastic special offers in store and online now.

Dsicount pet food

Aquarian Tropical Flake 50g only £4.95
Tetra Goldfish Flake 52g only £2.99
Pointer Treats 500g 2 for £2.50
All these offers last until the end of September.
Whilst stocks last we also have Pedigree Dentasix Medium dog for only £9.99 for 56 and James Wellbeloved Puppy Duck and Rice 2kg for 20% off.
We also have one BIORB 30L left at 20% off. This is the last one at this fantastic price.

So grab you discounts whilst you can in store, over the telephone or online. FREE local delivery to Gloucester and Cheltenaham available.

The Angell Pets Team

FREE delivery – more time required

FREE delivery is becoming so popular now that we have had to reduce our opening hours on Mondays to accomodate the orders from the weekend.

free delivery

We offer FREE delivery on any order for Gloucester and Cheltenham post codes (GL1,2,3,4 50, 51, 52 and 53). Free delivery is usually weekdays, in the evening, after the shop closes. Orders placed Saturday or Sunday are normally delivered on Monday (assuming items are in stock). Obviously this means that we generally have quite a few deliveries to fit in on Monday evening.

Due to the increased workload we are having to close at 5pm on Mondays to enable me to get these deliveries completed by a reasonable hour. Free delivery is more spread out during the week so I can still manage to get round after closing at 6pm.

To order you can call us on 01452 372087 on visit us online at http://www.angellpets.co.uk/. There is no minimum order value for FREE delivery.

 

The Angell Pets Team