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Merry Christmas!


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s been a fantastic past year, and I am so grateful for all the encouragement and support I have received in so many ways, not just with the blog, but with things in general. I would like to take this opportunity to say many, many, thanks to everyone.   To date, we have actually received 50,000 visits to the blog, which is an absolutely incredible amount. It’s so good to hear that people are really enjoying following it so much. This year’s been great, but the New Year promises to be full of surprises. My colleagues and I are already gearing up for some exciting new developments in the Vivarium, new ways to engage with our visitors, new museum animals, and also new trips, where we aim to post back all about them. For those who enjoyed hearing about my recent visit to Costa Rica, Adam is also flying off to Costa Rica next week and will be posting new video clips back from the Southern Pacific Coast this time. Matt is busy preparing for more European fieldwork starting with Portugal in Feb, and he has been specially invited to teach on a Durrell School course with Lee Durrell and David Bellamy on Corfu in May, which is a wonderful feather in his cap. Apart from keeping you up to date with frog-related posts, I will also be reporting back again from Corfu in the Spring, when I look forward to sharing my exploits with you during a special trip I’m making to find and film those elusive Nose-horned Vipers that evaded me last time. There are loads of other things planned for next year and it really promises to be a super year ahead! One of the Public Events we are working on for the coming year at the Museum is a special Frog Day, and I would like to thank Sam from Froglife ,who is working with us to prepare the day, for the brilliant Christmas card and picture she sent me (above).

It is now my turn to wish everyone a very, very Merry Christmas and an absolutely fantastic New Year ahead! Lots of Love to all, Andrew.

The jokes and the joys of the season,

Its compliments, laughter and glee,

Its meetings, kissings and greetings,

with the love of a friend to thee.

May loved ones flock round thee in plenty,

may your ‘little accounts’ be small,

Be thine the cheer of the season,

and may you spread its warmth to all.

Be thy sources of pleasure many,

thy causes for sorrow few,

may the old year drop merrily over,

In the dawn of a happier New!

George Heath

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