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ABBOTSBURY SWANNERY

This is, allegedly, the only place in the world where you can visit a colony of nesting Mute Swans. (Trust me, they are not mute).  A Benedictine monastery was established at Abbotsbury in the 11th century and the monks began farming swans - which often featured at medieval banquets. The monks have long gone, but the swans are still there (different ones, obviously). If you visit Abbotsbury Swannery these days, you'll find about 600 swans, all free to roam. The colony is established adjacent to a shallow lagoon, the Fleet, which lies behind Chesil Beach. It's a unique location.

New Barn Road
Abbotsbury
Nr Weymout
Dorset
DT3 4JG
N/A
Abbotsbury Swannery website.
Abbotsbury Abbey (remains) and St Catherine's Chapel
Private - open to the public
CS LEWIS Nature Reserve

Small community nature reserve, formed from part of the garden once owned by author and academic Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963). It is said the woods and pond helped inspire his books that featured the imaginary land of Narnia. The nature reserve is adjacent to Lewis' home for more than 30 years, The Kilns.

5 Lewis Close
Risinghurst
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX3 8JD
The Kilns
Other
DUNCOMBE PARK

The seat of the Duncombe family since 1711, when the house was built by Thomas Duncombe (born Thomas Browne). His descendent, Charles Duncombe, was created Lord Feversham in 1826. The house is not open to the public, but 450 acres of parkland, gardens and nature reserve are. There is also a bird of prey centre on site.

Helmsley
North Yorkshire
YO62 5EB
Georgian
Duncombe Park's website
Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Castle Howard
Private - open to the public
GREENLANDS FARM VILLAGE

One of probably hundreds of open farms in the UK, primarily aimed at children. Greenlands has all the farm animals you would expect, plus some you wouldn't, such as deer, a chameleon, an owl, a snake and alpacas. There are a couple of great slides, plus a good indoor play area, as well as various shops and a cafe - and picnic tables.

Tewitfield
Carnforth
Lancashire
LA6 1JH
N/A
Greenlands Farm Village website
Carnforth Heritage Railway Station, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales
Independent
HIGHLAND WILDLIFE PARK

The Highland Wildlife Park is a zoo situated in the beauty of the Cairngorm National Park. Originally, the park used to only contain species that were native to, or which had once been native to, the Highlands. This scope has widened, presumably in an effort to increase visitor numbers. So as well as wolves, wildcats and arctic foxes, you can now see tigers and red pandas. There is a large drive-through reserve area, plus a woodland walk and events take place throughout the year. Try to get there for feeding time.

Managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Irritating website!

Kincraig
Kingussie
Highland
PH21 1NL
N/A
Highland Wildlife Park's website
Highland Folk Museum
SEALS at BLAKENEY POINT

One of Britain's largest colonies of common and grey seals is at Blakeney Pont, a 4 mile spit that sticks out into the North Sea. It is a national nature reserve, and a favourite spot for birds, native and foreign, as well as seals. Various companies run boat trips to see the seals. The trips last about an hour and tend to depart from Morston Quay.

The link below will take you to one operator - but there are others - no recommendation is implied.

Morston Quay
Nr Blakeney
Norfolk
NR25 7BH
N/A
Seals at Blakeney
Blakeney village, Cley
Other
SOUTH LAKES SAFARI ZOO

What used to be South Lakes Wildlife Park opened to the public on a fairly wind-swept location in 1994 and has more than 1,000 animals in its care, including large cats and mammals, primates, reptiles and birds. Some animals roam wild - so you can walk among kangaroos and emus. There are aerial walkways over some enclosures, giving astonishing views. The zoo boasts a proud track record in conservation. Unfortunately, it has a chequered safety history, including several animal escapes, a fire in which 30 lemurs died and the death of a keeper, mauled by a Sumatran tiger, in 2013.

NOTICE - As of 6 March 2017, the future of this attraction looks uncertain. Check the zoo's website for up to date information.

Melton Terrace
Lindal-in-Furness
Cumbria
LA12 0LU
N/A
South Lakes Safari Zoo website
Independent