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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 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.
- Bristol Zoo offers you a great day out where children and adults can enjoy being among the animal in this twelve-acre garden. Bristol Zoo is located in the Clifton area of Bristol close to the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol Zoo is easily accessible by bus, train, bicycle or car. The zoo sits in over 12 acres of gardens and houses over 400 species of animals that include a 180 degree gorilla house. If the weather is not brilliant then the zoo has 9 under cover animal enclosures making it a great all weather attraction. There is a lake, flowing creeks, outdoor theatre, play areas and an activity centre so you’ll never get bored. When you’re hungry just look for one of the picnic spots or head to the restaurant for hot food and ice creams. The Zoo’s normal opening hours are every day from 9:00am – 5:00pm with the last entry being 4:00pm. Facilities include:Parking Wheelchair friendly Toilets Restaurants Changing facilities Undercover animal enclosures Image provided by PiffPuffPickle
- Sea Life Centre in Brighton offers a fun and educational day out whatever the weather. With over 150 species and 57 displays, you will be hard pressed to find a more enjoyable day for the whole family! Watch in amazement as giant turtles and sharks glide above you in our underwater tunnel. Visit the Tropical Reef – Complete with a shark encircled wreck and breath taking tropical coral, you can make it your own adventure! Do not miss the jelly fish spectacular that will bring these amazing creatures closer and showcase their beauty and mysterious lives. The children will love this new display as well as the behind the scenes tour where they can learn more about how all the marine life displayed in the centre is cared for to ensure that you get the best views and most knowledge that they can offer. The facilities are fantastic for everyone but no dogs allowed here! Adults pay £16.20 and children aged 3 – 14 pay £11.40.Disabled Parking – on Madeira Drive. Disabled persons toilet Guide Dogs Permitted No dogs (Guide dogs accepted) Ramp/Level Access – apart from auditorium. Wheelchair user accessible – apart from auditorium.Parking On street parking only Railway station within 5 miles Railway station within walking distance No Smoking Baby changing On-Site cafe/restaurant Gift shop Toilets
- Colchester Zoo has over 260 rare species many part of breeding programmes. Interactive daily displays get you closer to the animals and the zoo offers a wide range of educational activities for schools and groups as well as team building for corporate groups. Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild is the zoo’s charitable arm and is responsible for conservation work around the world.
- 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.
- North Hill is a remote and windswept coastline jutting out into the north-east Atlantic. Its highest point – Errival – is just 48 metres (150 feet) above sea level. North Hill is managed as a nature reserve by the North Hill grazing committee and RSPB Scotland, in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
- The Bowland Wild Boar Park is located in the heart of the Forest of Bowland National Park, a short distance from the picturesque village of Chipping. Surrounded by fells and woodland and sat on the banks of the river Hodder, it is a delightful place to enjoy the countryside and local wildlife, whilst having lots of different activities for the kids to do. Why not enjoy feeding and petting our animals or a ramble along our woodland paths. Take a tractor ride around the park, run wild in our adventure play area or explore the tunnels in our hay barn. Our welcoming Café offer freshly prepared hot drinks, snacks and light lunches.
- 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.