We have been associated with and experienced in keeping ferrets for a combined total of over 40 years in both the working environment and as keeping them as pets. We offer general advice on ferrets in regards to subjects like health, husbandry, housing and feeding. We do and will always recommend that you seek professional veterinary advice if you feel or think that you may have a ferret with a suspected illness or medical condition.
We also build traditional ferret carrying boxes to order. For further details and pictures, please browse our new box building facebook page:
Ferret rescue work has always been important to us and in the past, we have worked in close partnership with our local wildlife rescue/hospital, veterinary clinics and other ferret welfare groups. It is though and with much regret that we no longer have the facilities to undertake this work. However, in the most extreme cases where ferrets are in need of care, we will endeavour to do our best to help.
Avon Valley Ferrets work closely with wildlife organisations such as the Vincent Wildlife Trust, Natural England and the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital based just outside of Salisbury, helping with survey work and contributing to the conservation and rehabilitation of our now protected native wild polecat - a very elusive but stunning creature related closely to the ferret.
We travel to and have attended many shows, fairs, schools and fetes entertaining and educating a great number of people in many counties across the country from as far as: Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset in the South, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall in the West, Berkshire and Kent in the East as well as Oxfordshire and Nottinghamshire in the North. We have also travelled to Wales on many occassions! We hold our own public liability insurance with risk assessments and the show stand we offer comprises of the following segmented categories which are:
1. A display of ferrets in show cages for all to see.
2. An area of reference and information on all aspects of keeping ferrets.
3. *The working side of ferrets describing how ferrets are used for rabbit control within our countryside including a display of various pieces of equipment used for this.
4. *A conservation area set aside for our native European polecat highlighting the once decline of this stunning animal and it's now present return to areas of the British Isles where it nearly became extinct. Because of the importance of this subject to us, we also bring along a verified tame wild polecat so people can see at close quarters what beautiful creatures they truly are.
(*Subject to change at different shows/venues - please contact us to discuss your requirements)
Finally our arena displays of firstly *ferret racing - for fun and to entertain crowds and members of the general public and to raise funds for charity and ferret welfare and secondly our *working ferret demonstrations incorporating the age old traditional method of making and setting nets used for rabbit control within the countryside.
(*Subject to change at different shows/venues. Please contact us to discuss your requirements)
Ferret racing has been held at country shows and fetes for many years and has proven to be very popular at such events. It gives everyone a chance to participate in our displays by having a small flutter on the outcome of the race, eventually by being both either winners if their ferret comes first or helping contribute donations to charity and animal welfare if they lose!
Our working ferret / long netting displays demonstrate to people how ferrets are worked when used for rabbit control. Also shown is how traditional purse and long nets are made by hand and how they are set when working with ferrets within the countryside. Our demonstrations promote a timeless tradition from days gone by as well as the most environmentally friendly solution to controlling rabbits which are still being used and kept alive by ferret owners of our present day.
We, Avon Valley Ferrets, pride ourselves on the belief that the shows we attend for the organisers who provide such events for the general public, that their needs are of the utmost importance. Being risk assessed and insurance backed, our entire team and set-up is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of what we do is from repeat requests from show organisers asking us back as well as referrals from others. We would and will always welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver to you the best service in what we provide on the public show circuit whether it be for countryside shows, game fairs, craft fairs, steam fairs, summer shows & fetes, charity fund raising events or school educational talks.
Paul & Camilla Pountain
Avon Valley Ferrets
01980 670767 (Home) / 07783 475704 (Paul) / 07542 534475 (Camilla)
**2019 SHOW DATES**
KINDLY SPONSORED BY
GILBERTSON & PAGE LTD.,
Dr. JOHNS MERLIN FERRET FOOD BRAND.
West of England game fair
Abingdon air & country show
River Cottage food fair
Milland rural fair
Wiltshire steam rally
Heddington & Stockley steam fair
Milton Abbas street fair (TBC)
Gloucs steam vintage & country extravaganza
The Romsey show
Frampton country fair
Previous shows personally attended include:
The CLA Game Fair
Hamptworth Country Fair
West Country Game Fair
The Royal Game Fair
The Welsh Game Fair
East Tytherley Country Fair
RWAS Smallholders & Garden Festival
Living Heritage Craft & Country Shows
Thame & Oxfordshire County Show
Amesbury Show & Carnival
Durrington Show & Vintage Vehicle Gathering
Royal County of Berkshire (Newbury) Show
Meon Springs Fly Fishery Country Experience Day
HD Fairs - The Chilterns Show
Heddington & Stockley Steam Rally & Country Fair
Natural England Open Farm Day
Nottinghamshire County Show
The North Devon Agricultural Society Show
Abingdon Air & Country Show
Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital Fund Raising Day
Native & Rare Breeds Animal Exhibition
The Torbay Steam Fair
Rabbit control for the Eden Project, Cornwall
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