Win an alpaca plush toy!

Our new Alpaca Toys are almost as fluffy as the real ones!

The Sandy Balls alpacas first arrived at our holiday village in 2014 and they become the children’s absolute favourites since. The little ones love them so much that we often heard: “Daddy, can I take Sandy home? He is soo fluffy! Pleeeaaase!”  

We decided to take our young visitors enquiry seriously and custom made our alpaca plushies. To celebrate the arrival of our soft toys we are giving away a plushie to a lucky customer who sends a photo in with one of the four alpacas. What are you waiting for? Simply upload a photo below and you might be the lucky winner!




A little boy with an alpaca plush toy

Terms and Conditions:

    1. This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 18 years or over, except for employees of Sandy Balls Estates Ltd, their families or anyone else associated with this competition.
    2. The winner of the competition will win a plush alpaca toy.
    3. To enter you either post your picture (taken at Sandy Balls Holiday Village) to under the facebook posts promoting the competition or submit it on this page.
    4. Opening date is 16/08/2016 and the closing date is 21/08/2016 . All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date.
    5. The best picture will be chosen by the employees of Sandy Balls Holiday Village
    6. Winner will be announced by: 28/08/2016
    7. This promotion is not sponsored administered or endorsed by Facebook
    8. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions
    9. All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them and must not have been published elsewhere or have won a prize in any other photographic competition. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. Entrants must warrant that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright for it.
    10. These images may appear in our printed publications, in the media, on video, on our or our website or Facebook.

Rendezvous with birds

Toby Puddle is a familiar face at Sandy Balls as he is the leader of the Falconry experience activity at our holiday village. He has been practicing the art of flying trained hawks and owls over 18 years. Toby is very passionate about educating the public on animals, especially on birds.

But what is the so called Falconry Experience? It is a one to one encounter with the most incredible birds of prey.  You get a personal, hands-on experience as you can handle, feed and actually fly some amazing birds.

As an addition to the Falconry Experience we decided to introduce our new activity the Owl and Raptor Encounter. During this show Toby will take you on a fun and educational journey where you will learn about these amazing creatures, watch out though as they swoop over your heads on Toby’s command. This is a fun, interactive & memorable event for everyone who attends.

Interested? Why not book for one of these incredible activities.

What birds can you expect to see during the shows? What do they eat and where are they from? We have collected some information on some of Toby’s hawks and owls.

Scruff – Harris Hawk
A handsome hawk of the arid Southwest, Harris’s Hawk is a standout with bold markings of dark brown, chestnut red, and white feathers, long yellow legs, and yellow markings on its face. The most social of North American raptors, these birds are often found in groups, cooperatively attending nests and hunting together as a team. When hunting, a group of hawks surround their prey and flush it for another to catch, or take turns chasing it.

Sydney – Kestrel
The European Kestrel – or the common kestrel – is a sight to behold with its beautiful plumage and trademark hover, which makes it easily identifiable in the air. Belonging to the falcon family, it is a common resident of the British countryside and can be found throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. The male tends to be slightly smaller than the female, more reddish brown in colour and features a blue-grey head and tail, as opposed to the female, which is mostly brown.

Arthur- Gyr Falcon
The largest falcon in the world, the ghostly Gyr Falcon is a fierce predator in the High Arctic, where it chases down small birds in flight or plummets from the sky at breathtaking speeds to strike prey on the ground. Nesting on remote cliffs in the far reaches of Canada and Alaska, Gyr Falcons in North America are safe from most human disturbance but face challenges from a warming climate.

Harry- Peregrine
One of the world’s fastest birds, able to power-dive from great height to strike prey, the Peregrine may possibly reach 200 miles per hour. It is regarded by falconers and biologists alike as one of the noblest and most spectacular of all birds of prey. Although it is found on six continents, the Peregrine is uncommon in most areas; it was seriously endangered in the mid-20th century because of the harmful effects of persistent pesticides.

Cyril- Barn Owl
Barn Owls are birds of prey, hunting and catching small mammals, mostly Field Voles here in the UK. They have some extraordinary special adapted characteristics to help them hunt for food at night, such as incredibly sensitive hearing and the ability to see movement with very little light.

BOO- Siberian / Turkmenian Eagle Owl
This is a common crossbreed of captive bred owl and known to be normally friendly and good to handle. Although this is a hybrid both Siberian (Bubo Bubo Sibiricus) and Turkmenian (Bubo Bubo Turcomanus) are very similar sub-species of Bubo bubo owls. Siberians come from Western Siberia and Bashkiria regions with the Turkmenian range covering Kazakhstan to West Mongolia. In the wild they populate rocky and mountainous regions as well as forests and occasionally found in semi-desert regions. Both sub species are large birds ranging from around 58cm to 75cm and weigh from approximately 1.5kg up to 4kg. Their prey includes mammals from shrew to small deer as well as birds and reptiles.

Sandy the alpaca from sandy balls

Meet the Sandy Balls Alpacas

The Sandy Balls alpacas arrived at our Holiday Village in 2014 and they’ve become the kids (as well as the adults) favourites since then. But where did they come from? What do they eat? Where can you meet them?

  • Our alpacas were bred in the New Forest but are native to Peru.
  • Sandy, Inka, Pickle and Archie are all boys, they are really good brothers.
  • Like all animals, alpacas exhibit individual personalities.
  • They prefer the companionship of their friends and their established community and will become stressed if separated from their buddies. At Sandy Balls they can be together all the time and they seem to be very good siblings.
  • Gentle and curious, alpacas respond well to children.
  • The alpacas eat mostly grass, but their diets can also include leaves wood, bark or stems.
  • Humming is the most common sound that alpacas make, which has been described as a kind of musical purring. Alpacas hum when they are curious, content, worried, bored, fearful, distressed or cautious.
  • At Sandy Balls we have two fun activities where you can meet them. The Alpaca introduction where you will have a chance to get up close to them and learn more about these beautiful creatures or the Alpaca walk where you can take them for a little walk.

 If you have great pics of your holiday here we would love to see them!*

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