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Our Animals and Wildlife category brings all Coast Radar’s United Kingdom 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 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 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.
- 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
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Hermaness Cliffs can be found on the north-eastern side of Unst in the Shetland Islands. Rising to 170m, the cliffs are located in the Hermaness National Nature Reserve and are home to thousands of breeding seabirds. During the summer months, the cliffs come alive the sound of bird cries, making it an unforgettable wildlife experience. The types of birds you can see include puffin, guillemot, gannets, kittiwakes, razorbills and much much more. Access to the nature reserve and the cliffs is unrestricted, although visitors are asked to keep their distance from breeding birds and follow the marked route.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.