Retailers And Bestpets Go Wild



Retailers and Bestpets go wild
1st March 2018

By Karen Pickwick
Pupils at Meavy CofE Primary School
Wholesaler Bestpets and independent retailers throughout the country have been supporting their local communities by donating a Wild Bird Watching Starter Kit to primary schools.
Bestpets, through its delivered depots, asked customers to nominate primary schools that encourage outdoor activities to receive a free Wild Bird Watching Starter Kit. The following retailers put forward primary schools close to their businesses:
 Bristol Depot – Andy Sheppard, of Rangebourne Pet Care/ Nursteed Primary School 
 Cardiff Depot – Alan Evans, Evans Country Stores/ Ysgol Griffith Jones
 Manchester Depot – Michelle Osbourn, M&L Pets World/ Gwersyllt Community Primary School 
 Exeter Depot – Andy Furse, Pet and Pony/ Meavy CofE Primary School
 Luton Depot – Rachael McCullum, Top End Farm/ Kymbrook Primary School
 Newcastle Depot – John Paul Stephenson, JP’s Pet Supplies/ Fulwell Infant School Academy
 Cambuslang Depot – Rob Smith, W.E. Howdens/ Coldstream Primary School
 Nottingham Depot  – Felicity Freer, PenParc Cannock / All Saints Primary School.
The Starter Kit, which includes products from the Bestpets own label range along with products from partner supplier Supa Petcare, will enable children to create a mini-sanctuary within their school from which to attract, observe and learn more about the wild birds in their area.
Mike Bailey, head of Bestpets, said: “We know that children are fascinated by nature and that recent TV programmes such as the BBC’s ‘Winter Watch, Spring Watch’ and ‘Blue Planet have whetted their appetites even further. As the UK’s leading pet wholesaler, Bestpets wanted to make this learning fun and the starter kit, available on request from Bestpets customers, will provide them – and their teachers – with an ideal foundation to build their own wild bird watch area at school. We hope that this will lead to a greater appreciation of the wonders of their environment and catch a glimpse of rare birds as well as increasing their knowledge of popular birds in the wild.”
All the Wild Bird Watch Starter kits, which include a nest box, a variety of feeders and a selection of food, were hand delivered to the schools by the retailers and members of the Bestpets sales and depot teams. 
Retailer John Paul Stephenson, of JP’s Pet Supplies, said: “I am delighted that, with the help of Bestpets, we have been able to support the local community. Getting schoolchildren involved with wildlife and nature can only be a good thing.”
Tim Heath, head teacher of Nursteed Community Primary School, added: “We’re delighted to have been given our Wild Bird Watching kit. Children from our Environmental Science Club are taking part in this year’s Big Garden Birdwatch; we hope the kit will encourage lots of birds to visit us. We’ll keep on using it well after this special event and we hope its use will spark an interest that lasts even longer.”