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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
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