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- At Bede’s World you can learn all about Bede and the Anglo-Saxon way of life in Northumbria. IncludesDemonstration farm and meet the animals including wild boar pig, goat and goose. Replica buildings made of wattle and daub – built with truly original materials and methods using skills that would have been present around 700AD. Cafe. Souvenir and gift shop.
- The Arundel Wetland Centre has 26 hectares of lakes, reed beds and woodland areas holding hundreds of exotic birds from around the world. Set within the South Downs and surrounded by ancient woodlands adjacent to the River Arun. Facilities include restaurant, wheelchair friendly paths, picnic area, boat safaris and special events.
- Alton Water is the largest area of inland water in Suffolk. Activities include:For those interested in wildlife, Alton Water Park hosts a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. New conservation zones and bird hides have been established to increase biodiversity with the help of local conservation volunteers. An eight-mile cycle and pedestrian route. This is hilly in places and can get muddy when we have rain. Fishing with bream and pike the most popular quarry. Day and season permits are available. Watersports Centre provides excellent sailing, windsurfing or diving facilities.Stutton has the main car park is close to the visitor centre and all facilities including cafe. Other car parks are situated around the lake.
- Scarborough SEA LIFE and Marine Sanctuary will introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. Explore freshwater rivers and streams, the rugged UK coastline, the shallows and the dark depths of the North Sea and the crystal clear warm waters of the Barrier Reef. At every step there are different amazing creatures to find, to watch and to learn about.
- Saltfleetby–Theddlethorpe Dunes in Lincolnshire is a coastal habitat for many species of bird and animal life and covers about eight kilometres and about 952 ha of land on the North East coast. This reserve is made up of salt marsh, dunes and foreshore with more marsh on the landward side and is home to dune flora, migrant birds and wild fowl. It’s open all year round and many events are held there including walks, nature rambles, bird watching, outdoor activities for children (including wheelchair users) as well as picnics! The dunes are a natural attraction and their formation continues daily due to the wind and tidal activity. They support a wide variety of grass and flowers. Prolific insects, birds, amphibians and mammals inhabit the salt and fresh water marshes with at least 11 species of dragonfly and damselfly, water beetles and spiders, horse leeches, voles, shrews and the very rare Natterjack toad! The birdlife listed included skylarks, oystercatchers, little tern, meadow pipit, redshank, Brent geese, teal, wigeon, ringed plover and a host of other waders that stop by. Seals are common in this area and delight the kids and adults alike but they are shy by nature so you’ll have to be quiet and visit at low tide if you are see them. Dogs are allowed but on leashes preferably and you’ll need to clean up after them to keep the environment stable. Plenty of parking all year round and it’s easy to find.
- Noup Cliffs sit over 76 metres above the sea on the north-west coast of Westray in the Orkney islands. This is home to Orkney’s largest seabird colony with guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and a chance of puffins. A great place to walk along the cliff path with spectacular coastal scenery, wildflowers and of course the birds.
- The Dumbarnie Links Nature Reserve is a rich dune based grassland that offers a wide selection of rare plants, insects and seabirds. No facilities at the reserve. To access Dumbarnie Links you need to park in Lower Largo and then follow the Fife Coastal Path east along the edge of Largo Bay for about a mile until you reach the reserve. Alternatively, you can park at Shell Bay and the coast path is a 1 1/2 mile walk.
- Wexford Wildfowl Reserve is jointly owned and managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and BirdWatch Ireland. The reserve is located on flat farmland on the North Slob which was reclaimed by walling it off from Wexford Harbour in the 1840s partly as a famine relief project. The main habitat is farmland and a brackish channel. Much of the area lies 2m below sea level and rainwater is pumped out using a water pump located in an old pump house near the Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.
- Langstone is a small village on a road which leads from Havant to Hayling Island. The village High Street is designated as a Conservation Area, while the coastal path leading eastwards from the village is both part of Hampshire County Council’s Solent Way and Wayfarers Walk. Langstone Harbour includes a RSPB reserve that occupies one third of the Harbour – a muddy estuary that attracts large numbers of birds all year round. Terns, gulls and wading birds descend to breed on the islands in spring and summer, while thousands of waders and brent geese migrate from the Arctic to feed and roost in safety here. Langstone Harbour tidal estuary and consists mostly of intertidal mud but includes five small islands composed of salt marsh and shingle ridges.
- At the Loch Garten Osprey Centre, you can view these beautiful fish-eating birds of prey as the centre overlooks the osprey nest. The centre is typically open daily from April to the first Sunday in September. Facilities include car parking, the visitor centre, toilets and a shop. The area around Loch Garten has a number of all year-round nature trails.