Wildlife Attractions in Devon
The National Marine Aquarium at Plymouth
Sharks, fish, sea turtles, octopi, and
everything else that lives under the sea make this a fascinating day out
for children and adults alike. They have the biggest tank in the UK (the
height of a three storey building!), interactive and creative exhibits,
including Explorocean, which is itself home to over 20 exhibits, including
the fabulous Aqua Theatre, Ocean Energy and Seabed Futures.
The Devon Bird of Prey Centre, Totnes / Newton Abbot
Karen Andriunas has worked
hard to establish this centre, where you can see eagles, kites, falcons,
owls, hawks and vultures at close quarters, watch them feed, and enjoy the
magnificent site of them flying free. You can also try out the ancient art of
Orchid Paradise, Newton Abbot
The award winning Burnham Nurseries show a
fine display of rare and exotic orchids in a paradise garden. Open daily
Occombe Farm Organic Open Farm, Paignton
From wildflower walks to sheep shearing and
sausage making, this organic farm holds over fifty events each year.
Traditional west country breeds graze the fields, livestock roam freely,
and a two mile nature trail winds through the beautiful Devon countryside.
There's a farm shop and a bake house, a bird hide, and wildlife cameras
all across the site, so you might catch a close up of some wild animals on
Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, Budleigh Salterton
Over 60 glorious acres including an 18th century Italian Garden,
elegant water features, exquisite gardens and a superb arboretum with over
25 British champion trees. There's also a countryside museum packed with
vintage farm vehicles, run by steam, children's play area and a small
railway. The palm house is both older and more spectacular than Kew
Gardens'! There's also evening entertainment and much, much more. Open 10
- 5 in winter, 10 - 6 in summer, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Dartmoor Otters and Butterflies, Buckfastleigh
Rescued or bred here,
the otters are all playful, happy and lively creatures with charm and
intelligence. Asian, British and North American otters rub along side by
side in a beautiful setting, where you can also see a tropical butterfly
farm. Otter feedings are well worth a visit - at 11.30 am, 2.00 pm and
4.30 pm. The South Devon steam railway is close at hand too!
Rare Breeds Farm, Totnes
Spectacular owls, red squirrels,
hedgehogs, goats, sheep, birds, and much more, plus a cafe, views of
Totnes castle and the South Devon steam railway. Open April to October.
Becky Falls Woodland Park, Dartmoor
With wildlife discovery trails to suit all
ages, a petting farm for kids, children's nature trail competitions,
wooded picnic areas, boulder clambering, special activities in the school
hols, and Bertha the Boa Constrictor, Becky Falls offers something for