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- Pensthorpe is a nature reserve in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, near the town of Fakenham. It is a mix of woodland walks and nature trails. A popular Norfolk attraction, the beautiful gardens and its amazing wildlife never fail to disappoint. Visitors can wander round the lakes, meander along one of the many trails or stop to explore one of the projects protecting endangered species. There is also a gift shop and café serving home-cooked food. Pensthorpe is open every day www.pensthorpe.com
- 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.
- 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 Sanctuary has nursery pools, convalescence, and resident pools, and a specially designed hospital. The hospital includes isolation pools, as well as treatment and preparation areas. In addition to the Grey and Common Seals you have Fur Seals, Patagonian Sea Lions and an Arctic Hooded Seal. The Sanctuary also provides a much-needed haven for a variety of other animals, such as Otters, Sheep, Ponies and Goats. Occasionally the Sanctuary’s facilities and expertise are called upon to aid in the rescue of other marine creatures such as Dolphins and Turtles.
- The magical marine world of Great Yarmouth SEA LIFE Centre will introduce you to many beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks and giant sea turtles, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. Explore a rich variety of underwater environments, from rugged coastline to tropical coral, reefs, from the sandy shallows to the dark depths of the ocean. At every step there are different amazing creatures to find, to watch and to learn about.
- 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.
- The St Cyrus National Nature Reserve (NNR) sits amongst grassland, dunes and cliffs just above St Cyrus beach. The Reserve comprises of 92 hectares (230 acres) of coastal habitat in the northern part of Montrose Bay. The grasslands are protected from the weather by the inland cliffs and sand dunes and this provides a unique landscape and habitat for wildflowers, breeding birds and butterflies. Take a walk down to the sandy beach and you may get a glimpse of dolphins, whales and seals or spot some of the salmon nets. The visitor centre is located in the old lifeboat station, with information on the history of the area and what to look out for when exploring.
- 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.
- The Blue Reef Aquarium is home to over 40 living displays, from tropical sharks and lobsters to seahorses and tropical fish. At the Aquarium’s heart is a large ocean tank where an underwater walkthrough tunnel offers close encounters with the tropical coral reef fish. Other displays are home to poison dart frogs, nautilus, toxic toads, turtles, terrapins, and otters.