The UK is lucky to have swathes of forest, grassland and moors which is home to all manner of local wildlife.
We are also fortunate to have a number of Wildlife Parks who are dedicated to conservation of our endangered wildlife and who have schemes in place for increasing numbers and reintroduction of animals and birds to habitats within the country.
Seals always seem to be a little accident prone, in fact one was found in a Lincolnshire field by some cows and after dedicated care by Natureland seal sanctuary in Skegness lived to swim another day! He was very aptly named Celebration! The centre rescues around 30 to 50 seals a year and welcomes schools and their pupils to learn about their work rescuing and rearing orphaned and injured seal pups before returning them to the wild.
Experience animal welfare in action at Cornwall’s only Seal Sanctuary and rescue centre. Hear about dramatic rescues and meet the seal and sea lion characters whose individual stories are brought to life during your visit. The Sanctuary is also home to fun loving otters, playful penguins and potty paddock animals. Explore behind the scenes at the heart of marine rescue in Cornwall’s only working Seal Hospital. See how they carry out life-saving work with their animals and nurture new arrivals. You can also experience what it takes to become a marine expert. From a sneak peek at their food preparation area, to getting hands on in the hospital pup pen you’ll get an insight into the science behind the Sanctuary. Tucked against the picturesque backdrop of the Helford River, the Sanctuary is a designated site of special scientific interest and an area of outstanding natural beauty. The 42-acre centre also boasts a woodland quiz trail, café with undercover seating and two gift shops. Don’t miss out on their great all year round events calendar.
The New Forest Wildlife Park is home to a fascinating array of mammals and birds. They aim to help visitors understand and respect the planet we share with them. You can meet the rescued fallow, roe and sika deer in the deer encounter enclosure and follow the nature trails to find more amazing animals, including red deer, Scottish wildcats, Asian short-clawed and Eurasian otters, lynx, foxes, pine martens, polecats, badgers, owls, mouflon, harvest mice and ferrets. Don’t miss the wild boar, wolves, wallabies and European bison - all in 25 acres of lovely natural woodland. The park’s friendly and knowledgeable keepers are on hand to answer all your questions, with feeding sessions and keeper talks on particular species available at set times throughout the holidays.
Stratford Butterfly Farm is home to some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in a unique rainforest environment of tropical blossom, splashing waterfalls and fish-filled pools. Educational visits are tailored to fit in with the national curriculum and offer excellent opportunities for children to learn about insects, lifecycles and the ancient Maya civilisation. The Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and home to an amazing leafcutter ant colony, now one of the largest on display in the UK. Watch the ants take leaves back to their nest along a series of overhead ropework. Marvel at the fascinating and strange creatures in the Metropolis where stick insects, beetles and snakes live alongside giant snails, frogs, crabs and some of the world’s largest spiders!
Continuing with the butterfly theme, Williamson Park is home to a butterfly house where you can see reptiles, fish, and free flying butterflies. Enjoy a talk on the stages of the butterfly life cycle, with the chance to spot them in action around you. They also have an Education Room where you will get up close and personal with some of their resident animals. You can also explore their woodland area in a mini-beast hunt, finding out which habitats different mini-beasts prefer, and see what variety of creatures you can find.
Wild Place Project in Bristol
At Wild Place Project in Bristol, visitors can enjoy the great outdoors whilst discovering animals from across the world. Their interactive, informative outdoor learning sessions can be tailored to your needs to meet learning objectives. The competitive group rates include a learning session, making Wild Place Project the perfect destination for an exciting, educational, great value school trip.
White Post Farm
White Post Farm in the Midlands have been entertaining millions of kids and adults for 20 years. You can get close to thousands of friendly animals, like chicks, llamas, rabbits, cows and pigs. They have lots of Educational Packages to choose from so you can tailor your trip to fit your particular interest.
WWT Centres welcome educational groups of all sizes, all year round and offer close-up encounters with birds from around the world, with spectacular wetland habitats and species to discover. Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploratory investigation into wetland life and habitats, or wanting to understand the survival and conservation of wetland species, they offer a unique combination of guided and self-guided learning sessions suited to a wide range of ages and abilities. To find out more, visit www.wwt.org.uk/learn.