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- Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park & Marine Sanctuary is unique among the network of SEA LIFE attractions in that its numerous marine life exhibitions are housed – not under one roof – but in separate pods within a landscape that also hosts a number of other outdoor features. The latter includes otter and seal sanctuaries, and the Park’s resident colony of Humboldt penguins. Indoor displays include the Tropical Shark Nursery, teeming with black-tip, bonnet head and other species of sharks; the spectacular Turtle Sanctuary with its amazing OceanTank; and one of the first National Seahorse Breeding and Conservation Centres.
- The Arundel Wetland Centre has 26 hectares of lakes, reed beds and woodland areas holding hundreds of exotic birds from around the world. Set within the South Downs and surrounded by ancient woodlands adjacent to the River Arun. Facilities include restaurant, wheelchair friendly paths, picnic area, boat safaris and special events.
- A large, shallow, freshwater storage reservoir and is the largest freshwater body in Essex. The reservoir contains around 25,000 Megalitres. It is a pumped storage reservoir. This means water is pumped from the rivers Chelmer, Blackwater and Stour to fill it, rather than simply relying on rainfall in the limited catchment area. The reservoir was formed by damming a shallow river valley. There a plans to increase the capacity of Abberton reservoir to 40,000 megalitres by raising the bank height all the way round. On its margins are found well-established plant communities that provide important opportunities for feeding, nesting and shelter. Abberton Reservoir is important as an autumn arrival area for waterbirds that then spend the winter elsewhere. Designated a Special Protection Area as a result of its over-wintering populations of Golden Plover, Gadwall, Shoveler and Teal and for its breeding population of cormorants. In addition there are significant numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Coot, Goldeneye, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Pintail, Wigeon and Great Crested Grebe. The Reservoir was used by the RAF’s 617 Squadron (“The Dam Busters”) for practice runs prior to the bombing of the German Dams in the Ruhr during World War II.
- 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.
- Abbotsbury Children’s Farm has lots of animals for the children to meet, greet and feed. Children can hold the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The cafe offers local Dorset produce cooked on site and the gift shop has a charming range of quality gifts.
- 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.