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- 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
- Leighton Moss is the largest reedbed in North West England. Home to some really special birds such as breeding bitterns, bearded tits and marsh harriers. A selection of trails and hides, most of which are suitable for wheelchairs. Take the nature trail alongside two coastal lagoons to see lots of wading and water birds.
- 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.
- The Islay Natural History Trust Nature Centre is a great place to visit for young and old. Exhibits include aquariums and laboratory. The centre also has a large collection of biological records The Islay Natural History Trust was established in 1984vdedicated to wildlife and geology on Islay with the aim to get as many people interested in Islay’s beauty.
- Noss is a small island neighbouring Bressay in the Shetland Islands. Once an inhabited island, the remaining population left in 1939 and now Noss is a sheep farm and a National Nature Reserve. The highest point on Noss stands at 181m and on a clear day, you can see most of Shetland. The island itself is heaving with bird activity as the imposing cliffs of Noup house thousands of seabirds. Access to Noss is via a seasonal ferry service, maintained by the reserve’s wildlife wardens.
- 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
- 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.
- The Welsh Wildlife Centre is located in the spectacular Teifi Marsh Nature Reserve near Cilgerran in Pembrokeshire. This visitor centre is a mine of information on the Nature Reserve at all times of the year, providing guides, maps, guided tours and activity sheets for keen bird and wildlife enthusiasts. The reserve is a fantastic place for seeing a whole range of wetland wildlife, including dragonflies, otters and several different species of bird. The Welsh Wildlife Centre is open throughout the year and has a café and gift shop attached. Parking is available, for a small charge. More details can be found at www.welshwildlife.org