Allotment request to p-p-p-p-pick up some penguin poo!

via Emma for National Sealife Centre Birmingham

Allotment request to p-p-p-p-pick up some penguin poo!

Guano is the name and gardening is the game for one local allotment that has contacted The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham with a request for its Gentoo penguin colony’s poo!

Jane Ffoulkes, owner of a local allotment in the Midlands, heard that penguin poo was a brilliant fertiliser for plants.

She comments: “Earlier this year, I decided to get an allotment and since then have been doing a lot of research into what helps to enrich the plants and help them grow.

Jane Ffoulkes with the Gentoo penguins at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham
Jane Ffoulkes with the Gentoo penguins at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

“This is when I came across penguin poo and found out how it is such a good fertiliser. The excrement, known as guano, contains the contents of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, all three essential nutrients for plant growth.

“I then looked into the closest place I could get my hands on this and got in touch with The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham!”

George Paige, Marketing Manager at the underwater attraction said: “I was surprised when someone contacted us for our penguin poo, as this is probably one of the most unusual requests we have had!

“Due to licencing restrictions, we sadly had to poo poo the idea and have been unable to give any out*, so instead Jane was offered a big bag of plant fertiliser for her allotment. However, it’s great to know how everything about these cheeky little chappies is so valued.”

Owner of local allotment, Jane Ffoulkes, with the Gentoo penguins at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham
Owner of local allotment, Jane Ffoulkes, with the Gentoo penguins at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham transports visitors to an amazing underwater world, where they get to see incredible sea life from all over the planet, from the coast of Britain and the chilly Antarctic, to the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

The aquarium is home to over 2,000 creatures, such as sharks, as well as a rescued Giant Green Sea Turtle, jellyfish, piranha, octopus and rays.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to visitsealife.com/birmingham. Reduced prices are available for tickets booked in advance.

For regular news, updates and competitions, The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is also on Facebook facebook.com/sealifebirmingham and Twitter twitter.com/sealifebham. You can also keep up-to-date with what Ginny the Gentoo has to say by following her on twitter at twitter.com/ginnygentoo.

*No penguin poo was given to any allotment, due to licensing agreements on the penguin colony.

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