While spring means an extra hour of daylight and warmer weather, as the new season unfolds, nature welcomes billions of tiny babies that animal lovers just can’t help but coo over.
Gloucestershire is home to an array of wildlife centres, gardens and farms where little and big kids alike can meet a flurry of spring babies, from fluffy chicks to little lambs, with 11 of the best featuring in SoGlos’s hot list.
With everything from pigs, ducks, donkeys and even ostriches, little ones can say hello to a whole host of furry friends at Over Farm. New for spring this year is a host of fluffy lambs that are definitely worth a visit.
It’s been an exciting time at the Cotswold Wildlife Park recently, with naked mole rat babies, twin capabara and a zebra foal amongst the newest residents at the attraction. Meanwhile a real highlight for visitors, the Madagascan Walkthrough promises the chance to see small mammal species such as the tiny grey mouse lemurs.
Adam Henson’s famous farm park in Guiting Power is the place to go to see hundreds of bleating baby lambs (over 660 ewes are due to give birth this lambing season), not to mention fluffy ducklings and hatching chicks playing around outside.
This Bourton-on-the-Water attraction is not only home to the country’s only group of King Penguins, but also some rare Humboldts. Other endearing babies include a selection of newborn chicks at the hatchery, courtesy of the park’s active breeding programme.
Among the host of animal encounters available at Berkeley-based Cattle Country, there’s the chance to meet the park’s newest lambs, bottle feed its baby calves, fawn over fluffy chicks and coo over the park’s seven newest piglets. What’s more, visitors can enjoy some donkey grooming at the FarmYard area.
Just over the border at Longleat Safari Park, visitors can enjoy seeing cuddly creatures koala bears, when a new exhibition opens this March. With plenty more animals to see including the cheetah cubs on thr drive-around route, it’s a great family day out.
As the oldest centre in the world dedicated to birds of prey, The International Centre of Birds of Prey is a great place to spot countless eggs waiting to hatch. Last spring saw baby grey buzzard eagles and luggar falcons and this spring is also expected to be full of exciting fluffy additions.
At St James City Farm, kiddies can cuddle up to lambs, see the goats and snuggle the guinea pigs right in the middle of Gloucester. They also run a Stay and Play morning every Monday during term time where children can feed the animals for £1.50.
Take a trailer ride around Daylesford Farm and spot the countless lambs this spring. With a special set of lambing tours taking place on Saturday 13 April 2019, families won’t want to miss out.
St Augustines organic working farm in Arlingham near Gloucester draws in families from far and wide with its baby chicks, lambs and fluffy bunnies, which guests can meet, greet, and get friendly with when they open up again, welcoming visitors from Thursday 28 March 2019.
Opening up for an exciting chance to see some lambing live in action, Overbury Farm near Tewkesbury will be hosting its annual event in April 2019. See the newest members of the farm, with tiny lambs being born this spring.
Tuesday 12 February 2019
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