Yesterday we spent a few hours at the British Wildlife Centre. We have been a few times before, but I don’t think we have visited for about a year now so the kids were very excited about going. They remembered what animals are there and all had a “must see.”
Our first stop was the the Barn and the Hedgerow, where we saw the rats, house mice, fox and rabbits. Everything else must have been asleep!
The red squirrel walk through was next. I remember the first time we ever went through this area (a few years ago) and we saw loads of gorgeous red squirrels, but the last couple of times we’ve been lucky to see one so I had my fingers crossed we’d see something as the kids really do love seeing these beautiful animals. And I guess we had a bit of luck yesterday because we saw two! And a couple of Muntjac deer.
After the red squirrels we went to see one of my favourite animals.. the snakes! We saw three adders yesterday, the most we’ve seen there before! And we saw a young one too, small and very inquisitive.
We ate our lunch in the picnic area and had a nice surprise when we saw they have built a new play area with lots of animal themed things to do. The kids particularly enjoyed the badger set.. they love any type of tunnel they can play in!
We finished lunch just in time to wander over to The Dell for the hedgehog talk, followed by an ice cream as we walked past the owls and along the wetland boardwalk. Then we walked past the otters, saw the wild cats, didn’t see the water vole who was hiding all day!, and through the nocturnal house and badger set. We ended our visit with the badger talk, which includes feeding the other mustelids (stoats, weasels, mink, pole cats).