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Announcement: Pawprints and Tam O’Shanter Farm

Pawprints Wirral Wildlife teams up with Tam O’Shanter Farm for a whole new era in wildlife and animal care and for enhanced public enjoyment of open spaces and nature.

Pawprints Wirral Wildlife Rescue is delighted and proud to announce that with immediate effect we are taking on the management of Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm, Boundary Road, Bidston.

This does not mean the whole area is suddenly becoming a wildlife reserve – far from it, although there will be a change in ethos as every animal under Pawprints care will be protected for the period of its natural life.

Nor does it in any way diminish our commitment to the amazing bespoke designed Hoggery in Hoylake where we will continue to care for and rehabilitate injured, underweight and needy hedgehogs and hoglets. This will continue to be Pawprints HQ and will remain The West Wirral Hedgehog Hospital but taking on this new challenge will greatly enhance our ability to care for Wirral Wildlife and we have many ideas and challenges yet to formulate into plans.

We hope to develop training, education, awareness and a centre of excellence in wildlife management that can be replicated and used in other areas of Wirral.

We will be able to offer supported and managed placements for volunteers, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme placements, opportunities for Brownies, Guides, Cubs, Scouts, Schools, Colleges……the list is endless.

All Pawprints volunteers will be Enhanced DBS Checked and we will introduce a schedule of training in Safeguarding, First Aid, Mental Health Awareness and more as appropriate and relevant to the public we will serve and the volunteers under our wing.

This much-loved fixture of our communal childhoods is going right back to where it started and will once more be that refuge from the insanity of the modern world, creating memories for today’s children that they will one day share with children of their own.

We will effect and oversee the biggest refurbishment, regeneration and renewal since the 1970’s and we will be inviting EVERYONE to take part. Plans are underway for the most loved community project ever seen in Wirral.

Working with a huge budget of slightly more than a tenner, we will encourage sponsorship, donation, voluntary support, working parties, sponsored challenges, investments, grant funders and more.

We are creating a mammoth pile of worksheets to list all the separate jobs that need doing on the farm and we will tackle them one by one – not necessarily in order, but as time, funds, (wo)manpower, weather and energy allows.

Right now – what we need is for YOU to tell everyone that we are SO open for business and that this is the start of a whole new project.

First refurbishments are well underway, and the overgrown allotments site will soon be ready for planting up for spring crops. Major stable and barn area refurbishments are scheduled for 30th October – 5th November during which time there is likely to be some additional traffic on the farm around the courtyard area.

In time we will be looking for your memories, photos, suggestions, ideas and plans and we aim that by Easter 2019 we will be ready to host a Bank Holiday party to remember.

Help us make 2019 the “Year of The Farm”.

Contact or call 07775-903-462 for information, engagement and updates.

Josephine Woods MBE (formerly Burns) on behalf of The Pawprints Team

This announcement may be downloaded in either PDF or JPEG formats.

Family Fun Day postponed

Unfortunately due to the weather, we have had to postpone our fun day until Sunday 26th of August; we are terribly sorry for any inconvenience caused. Let’s hope we have better luck next time!

Christmas Activities 2017

Our events page has been updated with information about activities over the Christmas period at Tam O’Shanter Farm.

The festive season starts with our Christmas Grotto (on Sundays 10th and 17th December), and continues with Christmas Carols on Wednesday 20th December.

Poster about Tam O'Shanter's Christmas Grotto 2017

Tam O’Shanter’s Christmas Grotto 2017

For more information, see our events page.


Two New Goats

The farm recently welcomed two new goats – Tilly and Tina. Tilly has a minty stripe down her nose and Tina has a patch that looks like a very fat ‘T’ on her forehead. They are Bagot goats, born early last spring; the Bagot is an interesting and endangered breed with records dating back to the 14th century in England. They are small and hardy, and very attractive. After a quarantine period in the animal house they will be let out into the paddocks to enjoy the extra space. There is a lot more information on the breed here.

Bagot goat at Tam O'Shanter Farm

Bagot goat at Tam O’Shanter Farm

Tilly and Tina

Tilly and Tina

Christmas Carols

Christmas carols at the farm

Christmas carols at the farm

Nativity scene in the animal house

Nativity scene in the animal house

Salvation Army carol singers

Salvation Army carol singers

On the evening of 21st December the local Salvation Army Band and helpers visited the farm for a walkaround carol-singing event, with people in costume helping to bring the Christmas story to life. A high point was the tableau they staged in the animal house. Their emergency response vehicle (aka tea wagon) provided refreshments, they provided very efficient stewarding, and almost 200 people of all ages turned up to sing and enjoy the experience. Donations made on the evening will be split between the urban farm and the Salvation Army.

We thank the Salvation Army for creating a most memorable occasion – a ‘first’ for the farm.

Santa’s Grotto


Friday December 4th 6PM – 8PM
Friday December 11th 6PM – 8PM

ALSO MEET SANTA  IN THE AFTERNOON on Sunday December 13th 12 – 4PM

TICKETS £3.50 to see Santa and receive a present, available from farm gift shop or Ranger’s office.

Refreshments: Mince pies, hot dogs, tea, coffee, chestnuts (roasted on an open fire of course).

Yule Logs for sale in aid of farm funds.

Santa's Grotto at the Farm, 2014

Santa’s Grotto at the Farm, 2014

Changes in Farm Livestock

Important Notice

During the winter there will not be as many animals here on the farm. This will allow us to give the land a rest; it has suffered from too many animals being kept on it for too long, especially sheep and goats.

We know that visitors expect to see a lot of animals here, but animal welfare is very important. Please understand that, on a farm this small, having too many animals damages the land and is unhealthy for the animals.

Woodworkout has left, so staff and volunteers are taking over the day-to-day animal care done by Woodworkout during the week. Having fewer animals will make things easier for them in the winter. In spring we hope to bring some more animals onto the farm for visitors to see.

The Angora goats are now at Forget-Me-Not Care Farm at Carr Farm where Woodworkout now works. Some poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs have also moved there. The piglets have grown up and gone for meat. Money from meat sold each year helps the farm to carry on keeping pigs.

Thank you for reading this. We value all our visitors and the support they give the farm; please keep visiting.

Tam O’Shanter Cottage Urban Farm Trust reg. charity no. 505444

Pork for sale

Half pig – pork box: £6 / kg., approx. 16-18kg

Contents will include approx:

  • 3 shoulder joints
  • 2 leg joints
  • 2 belly joints
  • 2 packs sliced belly
  • 12 chops
  • 4 steaks
  • 2 shanks

From our own free-range Large Black x Oxford Sandy and Black pigs.

Limited supply order now. Available early October, 2015.

John Jakeman, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm

The website is changing

From May 2015, we are developing a new, updated website.

We need your feedback to help make these new pages as good as they can be. If there is anything you think we should include for you; anything you think would be confusing or difficult to use; any information you want to find easily; or anything you would like to see improved, please let us know. Equally, if there are things that you really like about the existing pages, we would still love to hear from you!

Why update the website?

We have reviewed the existing website and have identified many areas where we think we can improve.

One of our aims is to bring you the information you need more quickly and help you find things easier. We are doing this by improving our content, simplifying our navigation and reducing the clutter on our pages.

We want to bring you a fresh, modern web experience which works equally well on whatever device you may be using – a mobile, tablet, screen-reader, laptop or desktop computer.

There are many ways we can to make the website better and your feedback and ideas are important to help us do this. We will be starting work and trialling new things in the coming weeks and months so you will see more and more areas of the website updated and improved.

Your feedback and input to the new site will help us make things happen. Please get in touch with your ideas.

New Cafe Operators

We are pleased to announce new tenants for the farm cafe have now been found.

Mark and Jen Gill have lots of experience and have taken over the running of the cafe. They have given the place a fantastic, fresh new look and there is a completely new menu.

The cafe is now fully open again, selling hot and cold drinks and a variety of tasty treats seven days a week. Drop in and enjoy it soon!

Tel: 0151 653 9332