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- 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.
- 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.
- Anglesey Sea Zoo has a large aquarium, shipwreck with congor eels, shark pool. Talks throughout the day helping to explain the 150 native species, diving displays and daily feeds are all part of the visit. As well as the fishes you have a gift shop, cafe, crazy golf, adventure playground and octojump bouncy castle. Open daily from February half term to October half term. Visits outside of this time can be arranged by contacting the Zoo. Visit sea zoo website for more details!
- Port Hellick Beach sits in a sheltered tidal inlet on St Mary’s south coast and the beach at low tide offers a wide expanse of sand and rocks. This is not really a location for sitting on the beach but offers a great natural landscape. A shingle bar provides a freshwater pool (Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool) behind the beach that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the ″wide diversity of habitats with several rare and notable plant species″and making this an important stop-off for migrating and wintering birds. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet was temporarily buried on the beach after he was washed up here when his ship struck the rocks on 22nd October 1707, with the loss of her entire crew of about 800 men. Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s body, along with the bodies of his two stepsons and that of Captain Edmund Loades, were washed up on Porth Hellick Cove the following day. The body was subsequently exhumed by order of Queen Anne and finally laid to rest in Westminster Abbey on 22nd December 1707. A small memorial marker marks the site where he was washed ashore. The beach has no facilities.
- 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 Amelia Trust Farm is set in beautiful countryside near Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan. A working farm, it was established to support and educate disadvantaged young people. Here they can learn new skills and develop potential through the skilled staff on hand. The farm is open all year round and people are encouraged to visit and to find out more about what the Amelia Trust does. There is no charge for visiting or parking at the farm, but most people leave a small donation, for more details see www.ameliatrust.org.uk
- The Booth Museum of natural history houses over half a million insects, skeletons and birds and the infamous merman which is a fake from the Victorian era but was highly regarded back then! There are also the 140 million year old bones of a dinosaur to be seen which generally wows the children so it is well worth a visit. Edward Booth contributed a life times worth of birdlife to the museum along with over 650 butterfly types and a huge collection of bone and fossils dating back to the age of dinosaurs. There is an interactive gallery and a host of different events throughout the year. Admission is free and the museum is open from 10am to 5pm through the week and from 2pm to 5pm on Sundays and Bank holidays.gift shop wheelchair accessible (accessible toilet is not currently wheelchair accessible but is accessible for ambulant disabled people) refreshments and children’s play area close by in Dyke Road Park
- RSPB South Stack Centre is on top of the cliffs overlooking the South Stack lighthouse and the cliff-side nesting colonies. You can see the birds through live TV images, telescopes and binoculars. You’ll be able to watch guillemots, razorbills and puffins all raising their young, while live television pictures give you an even closer view of the nests! As well as the RSPB centre you have many options to explore the cliffs and heathland around the centre. Facilities include a tea room. The seabird centre is only open Easter to September.
- 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.
- Banham Zoo is a 50-acre zoo in Banham, Norfolk. It is privately owned and home to over 2,000 animals. Having opened its doors to the public in 1968, the zoo is now one of Norfolk’s top attractions with over 200,000 visitors a year. The zoo started with just a collection of pheasants and parrots in the late 1960s, acquiring a colony of woolly monkeys in 1971. Today, Banham Zoo has a wide range of different animals to see but still has a significant collection of smaller mammals and reptiles. The zoo is open throughout the year and has a coffee shop and restaurant on site, details at www.banhamzoo.co.uk