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Animal magic at Berkshire Tortoise Club’s open day

Animal magic at Berkshire Tortoise Club’s open day

A club ? For tortoises ? Yep – and Berkshire Tortoise Club held a family fun open day to show just how totally adorable they are

Animal lovers had a turtle-y amazing (sorry!) time at the weekend with the the BerkshireTortoise Club.

The club held an open day to encourage newbies and pet owners to bring along their pets and see how the club works. Were you there? Look through our pictures of the day and learn something new about these wonderful little creatures as well.

Did you know that Tortoises generally have one of the longest lifespans of any animal? No, we didn’t either! Some are known to have lived longer than 150 years. Phew!

Lorna Woodman with 40 year old "Bert" and Mark Hamilton
Lorna Woodman with 40 year old « Bert » and Mark Hamilton

Hannah Padgham was at the show and said: « My two sons loved it, I couldn’t believe how small those baby tortoises were! »

Leah, seven, and 11-year-old Sophie Buckett
Leah, seven, and 11-year-old Sophie Buckett

Jan Woodman said: « [The tortoises] Bertie, Marley and Quinn loved all the attention. They have been sleeping this afternoon after all the excitement with their new fans »

What a shiny shell!
What a shiny shell!

Thinking of joining the club? You’ll learn all about how to look after tortoises if you fancy having a go

Look at these little guys - enjoying a bite to eat
Look at these little guys – enjoying a bite to eat

It wasn’t just all about the animals

Beatrice, four, and seven-year-old Madeleine Chandler get their faces painted
Beatrice, four, and seven-year-old Madeleine Chandler get their faces painted

More than 200 people came through the door for the open day

The show appealed to all ages
The show appealed to all ages

Girl power! Female tortoises dig nesting burrows and lay up to 30 eggs

"Mum, can I have one?"
« Mum, can I have one? »

Giant tortoises move very slowly on dry land. The fastest recorded tortoise speed is 5mph

I wonder how fast this guy can go…

For more photos from the open day, see the gallery below. If you’re interested in joining the club, visit the website for more information on membership and events. 9The next meeting is on Monday, May 9 from 7pm to 8pm at St Barnabas Church Hall in Grove Road, Emmer Green.

Tell me a bit more about the club:

Tortoise lover Oliver Staines from Emmer Green wasn’t slow in coming forward to set up a club in honour of his favourite breed of animal.

Olly who has three Mediterranean hatchlings has followed the slow and steady tradition of Aesop’s fable and built his group from the ground up, starting by contacting other tortoise lovers in the area using Facebook.

The group was established in late 2014 and its biggest aim is to promote tortoise welfare in captivity.

In 2015, Olly was nominated for the Young Person of the Year accolade at Pride of Reading by club secretary, Berna Murphy.