If you are heading to Gloucestershire and hoping to enjoy the wildlife, then you are in luck! Not only is Gloucestershire a great place to see many animals in the wild, including birds, wild boar, deer and even the elusive otter, but there are plenty of places in the county to enjoy if you are fans of all creatures great and small! Staying in Gloucestershire is easy, with plenty of amenities on your doorstep, including a variety of shops and conveniences, even a Gloucester vape shop that will deliver supplies to you on the day you need them! A wide variety of accommodation options also ensures that there is something to suit all needs and budgets. Here are some of the best wildlife places to visit in the county of Gloucestershire….
International Centre for Birds of Prey – Located near Newent in the Forest of Dean, you will be able to get up close to over 75 different species of birds of prey, including owls, hawks and falcons. Not only that, but there are three flying displays per day held at the centre where you will be able to see the birds in all their glory as they soar and dive over the beautiful countryside. Photographers are in luck as the centre also holds photo experience days and night owls can enjoy owl evenings – where you can see the owls at the best time of the day for them.
Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust – Birds of all kinds inhabit this spectacular sanctuary, founded by Sir Peter Scott, son of the great Antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott. His interest in conservation saw Slimbridge become the sanctuary and education centre that it is today and is the perfect place for a family day out. For little ones, an indoor soft play and the outdoor welly boot land will be a hit. Wetlands birds of all shapes and sizes can be seen here, as well as flamingos, otters and reptiles.
Cotswold Wildlife Park – To see some really wild creatures, Cotswold Wildlife park is perfect! See lions, giraffes and rhinos roam and head into the walled garden to enjoy the penguins and meerkats. Indoors you can see reptiles (including a deadly anaconda), minibeasts and even bats, and peacocks’ parade amongst the visitors on the lawn. There is also a small train, which children will love, and it is a great way to see the park, as well as an adventure playground and café.