Presenting...Our All New Super-Loo!

After months of restoration work we are proud to announce The National Poo Museum’s “Super-Loo” is now open for business (as it were!)

Situated right next to our museum building, this particular convenience closed to the public in 2011, and sadly during the intervening years it fell into a state of disrepair. 


It was always our mission to restore and reopen this facility and to make it accessible to everyone.


However, in true poo museum style we were determined to make our loo a toilet experience to remember!

On a breezy Saturday afternoon at the end of last month, we opened our “Super-Loo” with a splash! Folks from the local community joined us for a cutting of the ribbon celebration…


and before we knew it, there was once again a queue for the loo in Battery Gardens!

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We’d just like to thank the lovely folks who’ve already used and enjoyed our “Super-Loo” for the lovely messages they’ve posted in our ideas and suggestions box. According to one grateful visitor, “it’s like stepping into Narnia”

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Nicola Winsland
A Frenchman Cometh
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Back in June of this year we welcomed Philippe Gougler presenter of the French tv train journey documentary series, Des trains pas comme les autres, to our new home in Battery Gardens. 

Philippe was very keen to see how our museum is progressing and to also learn how we preserve and present our poo specimens.

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After arriving on the Island, Gougler began the short journey to see us by hopping aboard a carriage of one of two former London Underground electric trains which operates from Ryde Pier Head and connects the east and south of the Isle of Wight. This unique and regular train service (which passes through the towns of Ryde, Brading, Sandown, Lake and Shanklin) is synonymous with the Island, and once aboard one soon finds out these trains have the ability to shake the change right out of ones pockets as it rocks and rolls through the Island’s picturesque landscape.


Stepping onto the platform at Sandown Station, hopefully with his change still in his pockets, Philippe then made his way to Yaverland at the far eastern end of Sandown bay, where he climbed to the top of Culver Down in order to meet up with our very own museum directors, Ian Boyd and Daniel Roberts. 

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Ian and Dan were on poo safari at the time, and when Philippe stumbled upon them, the intrepid pair were down amongst the grasses and wild flowers with their noses firmly in a badger latrine! Daniel wasted no time in scooping up a fresh badger poo and presenting it to Philippe in order that he could have a good o’l sniff!

This particular episode of Des trains par comme les autres featuring The National Poo Museum, was aired on French national television just a few weeks ago. One doesn’t need to be fluent in French to see that Philippe really enjoyed his time travelling around Britain meeting all sorts of folks along the way. It is also evident he had great fun coming to the Isle of Wight to learn more about our museum and the new and exciting plans we have to make it bigger and better than ever. 

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According to Monsieur Gougler, we are bonkers…but with a touch of class. We can certainly live with that!

You can watch the program here in its entirety - we plop up at minute 28.

Nicola Winsland
Bamboo and Panda Poo

It’s okay everyone, you can roll up your tape measures and cast aside any Giant panda poo you may have laying around, because the answer to the burning question of just how big is a Giant panda poo, has been well and truly answered. 

The question of just how big is a Giant panda poo was first asked a several months ago, when we were contacted by author John Townsend who was in need of some extremely precise Giant panda poo dimensions for a book he was working on. As we currently don’t have any Giant panda poo in our collection, National Poo Museum director Daniel posed this question of panda poo size to some of the zoos around the world that actually house Giant pandas. 

It was the lovely people at Adelaide Zoo in Australia and Zoo Atlanta in the United States, who were kind enough to respond to our request for help and provide us with the information we needed to pass on to John Townsend. And so folks, thanks to said zoological parks, if you’ve ever been the tiniest bit curious about Giant panda poo, here it is in all its glory


The yellow poos indicate the panda has been eating the stem of the bamboo, whereas the green examples show the panda has enjoyed a meal of bamboo leaves. According to Lucy Catt, Senior keeper of Pandas at Adelaide Zoo, Giant pandas tend to eat more leaf such as Arrow leaf, Chinese Temple and Golden leaf during the summer months, then in winter the pandas transition to the thicker, bulkier culm Bamboo such as Giant Timber. 

The orange bits that look like carrots in both the green and yellow panda droppings, are indeed carrots! Apparently the pandas at Adelaide Zoo are given them to eat during their training sessions. 

Interestingly, scientists in China have shown giant pandas’ gut microbiota (the tiny organisms naturally found in the intestine) have not adapted particularly well to deal with bamboo. In fact, according to recent research, Giant pandas still retain the gut of carnivores. Although they spend up to 14 hours a day chomping through plants, stems and leaves, Giant pandas can only digest approximately 17% of what they consume. 

At Adelaide Zoo, their resident Giant pandas reportedly munch their way through 30kg of bamboo per panda, per day! When they’re not eating, they’re sleeping...and pooing presumably!  

According to Michelle Kolar from Zoo Atlanta, the average size of an adult Giant panda poo is 15cm x 7cm,  (6"x 3") and she should know, because she managed to persuade one of her team to retrieve a fresh specimen and measure it especially for us. 

Armed with these vital statistics, director Daniel wasted no time in passing them straight on to author John Townsend who was waiting to add them to all the other animal poo dimensions he’d collected for his brand new book entitled, Life-Sized Animal Poo.

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This wonderful book features the poos of a whole host of animals from that of a tiny House Mouse, to the magnificent and enormous African Elephant. 

It has to be said, we are extremely proud to be Wildlife Consultant for this fun and informative interactive nature guide. In the words of director Daniel, ‘Every poo has a story to tell and with John Townsend’s book in hand, the nature detective can use their eyes, nose and possibly a stick to tell if it’s the calling card of a woodpecker, a wombat or a wolf. For all sorts of reasons this can be a useful thing to know!’


The National Poo Museum would like to thank both Lucy Catt Senior Keeper of Pandas and Native Animals at Adelaide Zoo, for her extremely helpful information and photographs, and Michelle Kolar from Zoo Atlanta for sending her animal care team off into the Giant panda enclosure with a tape measure!

news of The National Poo Museum has spread like........

We remain delighted and a bit perplexed at the way the news of our little museum has spread around the world! Stories about us have made newspaper print, TV and radio across the entire planet.

They say there’s nothing like a good idea, and when we started work on creating our first exhibition back in 2015 we wondered if an exhibition about poo was actually nothing at all like a good idea!! But oh how wrong we were, from the moment it was launched as an exhibition at the Isle of Wight Zoo three years ago The National Poo Museum has never stopped reeling in interest from the public and organisations. Now after a couple of years of fund raising, negotiating and jumping through hoops we’re within a midges poop of opening what will be phase one of our museum development plan. We simply cannot wait to invite you inside our little museum by the sea in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight.

Watch this space, keep checking in and we’ll be sure to let you know when our museum is open, in the meantime there’s still time to visit our Pop-Up Summer Exhibition here in the gardens of Sandown Battery Barracks. It’s free and open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays until the 2nd September.



Nicola Winsland
The secrets contained within.

To see the world in a pile of poo. Who said that? Well probably nobody…until now that is, because one visit to our very unusual museum and you’ll understand that within a pile of poo a most astonishing world of discovery awaits!

Photograph credit Andrew Tesla. NEW YORK TIMES.

Photograph credit Andrew Tesla. NEW YORK TIMES.

Nicola Winsland