Zoo's wildlife etc in Cumbria
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Zoos & Wildlife Centres in Cumbria & The Lake District

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Cumbria & The Lake District Zoos and Wildlife Parks, Birdwatching, Rescue Centres


South Walney Nature Reserve

1 Coast Guard Cottages, Walney, Barrow-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 3YQ
Tel: 01229 471066     E-mail: southwalney@care4free.net
Web: www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk

South Walney Nature Reserve has Europe's largest colony of herring and lesser black-backed gulls with around 30,000 pairs breeding on the 130 hectares and is one of the most important eider duck colonies in the country. Thousands of waders and waterfowl spend the winter months feeding and roosting on and around the reserve. In spring and autumn a large range of migrant birds pass through the site along with the occasional exciting rarity. Shingle beaches on the reserve hold an important and rich flora including yellow-horned poppy, sea kale, sea campion and biting stonecrop. On disturbed ground, such as around the gravel workings, there are spectacular displays of viper's bugloss, henbane, houndstongue and great mullein. The dunes are enriched by gull droppings resulting in domination by ragwort, thistles and nettles, all of which support an abundance of butterflies, moths and other colourful invertebrates.

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Lakeland Wildlife Oasis

Hale, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7BW
Tel: 015395 63027     E-mail: mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk

The Wildlife Oasis is unique in Cumbria - half zoo and half museum it combines the opportunity of seeing exotic wildlife with interactive "hands on" exhibits. The collection of animals ranges from starfish to monkeys, and creatures such as poison arrow frogs, chameleons and flying foxes, which are rarely seen in captivity. For those rainy days there is the butterfly house and tropical halls, where the birds, bats and butterflies can fly free, and where exhibits range from a colony of leaf cutting ants to the worlds smallest monkeys, the pygmy marmosets.

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South Lakes Wild Animal Park Ltd

Crossgates, Broughton Rd, Dalton-In-Furness, Cumbria, LA15 8JR
Tel: 01229 466086     E-mail: enquiries@wildanimalpark.co.uk
Web: www.wildanimalpark.co.uk

The Lake District's only zoological park is recognised as one of Europe's leading conservation zoos. The rolling 17 acres are home to the rarest animals on earth; they are participants in co-ordinated breeding programmes to save them from almost certain extinction in the wild. We have been called the most animal-friendly zoo in Britain because of our unique way of looking after the animals. Many have complete freedom to wander at will, such as lemurs, exotic parrots, kangaroos and wallabies.

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Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre

Lowther, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2HH
Tel: 01931 712746   E-mail: lbpc@btinternet.com

Situated in the walled garden of Lowther Castle, surrounded by unspoilt parkland, visitors are able to see over 150 falcons, hawks, eagles, buzzards and owls from this country and abroad. These delightful surroundings are a perfect backdrop to the birds displayed and flown in the sport of falconry, and that are exercised daily at the flying demonstrations. The birds are displayed inside the walled area, which provides an ideal location for the aviaries which are designed to suit each bird's individual needs. The flying birds are housed in weathering shelters, sat on blocks, falconry fashion. The birds are flown three times daily, weather permitting, a rare chance to see these magnificent birds flown free. There are tea rooms, and a craft and gift shop.

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Lakes Aquarium

Lakeside, Newby Bridge, Cumbria, LA12 8AS
Tel: 015395 30153    Fax: 015395 30152

Open daily from 9am to 6pm (5pm Winter). Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Closed Christmas Day. Wheelchair access to all displays. Set on the shore of Lake Windermere at Lakeside, the award-winning Aquarium of the Lakes is the UK's largest collection of freshwater fish. Over 30 naturally-themed habitats are home to everything from pike and mischievous otters to sharks and rays. Stroll along the re-created lakebed surrounded by carp and diving ducks in the giant walkthrough Windermere display. After visiting the Aquarium take the opportunity to enjoy the Café at the Quay and a wide range of delicious snacks and hot and cold drinks surrounded by breathtaking views across the lake…then browse in the quayside shops offering an extensive range of gifts and souvenirs to suit all occasions.

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Lake District Sheepdog Experience

Troutal Farm, Seathwaite, Duddon Valley, Cumbria, LA20 6EF
Tel: 01229 716235     E-mail: info@troutalfarm.co.uk
Web: www.lakedistrictsheepdogexperience.co.uk

One of the "most exciting" leisure activities for Cumbria and the English Lake District, providing you and your party with a unique and rewarding experience. Learn all about the fantastic Border Collie breed and experience the joy of handling one of our friendly and fully trained sheepdogs under instruction.

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Trotters World of Animals

Coalbeck Farm, Bassenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4RD
Tel: 017687 76239     E-mail: info@trottersworld.com

With a collection of more than 500 animals, a day out at Trotters Animal Farm will give you an opportunity to pet both domestic and more exotic animals including 'Monty' the python and his reptilian friends. Set in 25 acres, there is plenty to see, including falconry displays, talks about the more exotic animals, milking demonstration and opportunities to try milking a goat yourself. Feeding the animals takes place several times each day and food can be bought to feed them at the shop. In the long barn you can see smaller pets such as guinea pigs, rabbits and visit mouseworld. There are also pony rides and tractor rides. Visit fantasy land where a combination of animated figures and live animals bring fairy tails to life. Picnic and rest areas are provided, and there is a restaurant and shop.

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