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Our Animals and Wildlife category brings all Coast Radar’s listings related to looking for something to do or a place to visit together where they offer some form of animal or wildlife activity.
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- The Big Sheep is an all weather attraction in North Devon. The Big Sheep is a great day family day out for children and adults. There’s a brewery, garden centre, sheepy shop, the indoor playground and outdoor laser guns. With live shows throughout the day including bottle-feeding lambs, sheep shearing, duck trails and much, much more.
- 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.
- One of the UK’s best known aquariums the Blackpool SEA LIFE centre houses Europe’s most comprehensive collection of tropical sharks. It also features literally dozens of displays of all conceivable shapes and sizes, showcasing native and tropical marine life, plus a superb Amazone exhibition, complete with piranhas and poison dart frogs.
- Pettits Animal Adventure Park is a zoo and leisure park located near Reedham in Norfolk. Pettits has a variety of smaller animals and reptiles to look at as well as fun adventure rides suitable for all the family, including for children of all ages. Open from March to November.
- The North Ronaldsay Bird Observatory (NRBO) was established in 1987 to study and record the migrant birds that pass through Orkney’s most northerly island each year. The number and variety of birds that arrive here on migration in Spring and Autumn can be spectacular, and North Ronaldsay is well-known as one of the best birdwatching sites in the UK. The observatory also provides a variety of comfortable accommodation, including guest house, hostel and camping area, for visitors to the island.
- At the Highland Cattle Centre, there’s so much for families, individuals, groups, schools, birthday & adventure parties to see, touch, and do! Experience the magic of our fold (herd) of award winning, friendly Highland Cattle as well as the livestock and whole host of animals who live on our thriving working farm. Enjoy our guided meadow walks, meet and comb our friendly cattle and learn about the history & everyday lives of the fold.
- Skomer Island lies off the coast of Pembrokeshire in south-western Wales. Covering 1.13 square miles in area, the island is renowned for its amazing wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve as well as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. A third of the population of Manx Shearwaters nest here, with Atlantic puffins and many other seabirds also congregating in their thousands every year. Ferries sail between Martins Haven, on the mainland, and Skomer during the Easter to October period. There is a maximum number of visitors allowed on the island every day but you can either get on a day boat trip to Skomer or book to stay in some of the island’s self-catering accommodation during the spring and summer months.
- The Plymouth National Maritime Aquarium is the UK’s largest aquarium and be amazed at our fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in conserving it. Your journey will take you across the world’s oceans from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics. Our hosts deliver an action packed talk schedule, including the not to be missed our interactive dive daily show.
- Newquay Zoo is part of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, alongside Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts. The Newquay site has over 130 species set in 13 acres (53,000 m2) of tropical gardens just a short distance from Newquay town centre. The zoo has an endangered breeding programme and so you will get to see some rare animals like red pandas, lemurs, Sulawesi crested macaques, Humboldt penguins, fossa, marmosets, tamarins and tapirs as well as meerkats and lions.
- Abbotsbury Swannery is unique, the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040’s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicholas’ Church in the village. Since that time the Swannery has been under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates.