South Coast Branch Visit to Marwell Wildlife

On the afternoon of 23 March Marwell Wildlife, and their Health and Safety Manager Louise Keys, welcomed 15 IOSH Members to their zoo near Tywford, Winchester.

Louise delivered a short presentation on how the park manages its mix of hazards which include public access, site maintenance, contractors, vehicles and zoonotic diseases.

A brief history of the Hall held everyone’s attention as it included the names of historical figures such as Henry VIII and Jane Seymour and the Bishops of Winchester not to mention the numerous ghosts which haunt the Hall.

A subsequent tour of the zoo allowed the safety professionals a first-hand inspection of the hazards and how the various control measures were implemented. Some of the hazards seen up-close were tigers, giraffes, gibbons, and the tradesmen constructing the impressive new Tropical House, Hampshire’s rival to Cornwall’s Eden Project, opening in 2018.

IOSH South Coast Executive Committee wishes to thank Marwell Wildlife and Louise Keys for our opportunity to get an insight into how a wildlife park is safely run.