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 and the surrounding area is home to an array of wildlife centres, gardens and farms which were able to reopen as outdoor attractions from Monday 12 April 2021 – giving little and big kids the chance to meet a flurry of spring babies, from adorable piglets to the littlest lambs.
Adam Henson’s famous farm park in Guiting Power is the place to go to see hundreds of bleating baby lambs! Visitors can also look forward to the indoor animal barn reopening later this spring when they will be able to visit newborn piglets, donkey foals and goat kids.
Among the host of animal encounters available at Berkeley-based Cattle Country, there’s the chance to see the park’s newest lambs, calves and coo over its piglets. The animal barn and farm trail are open, as well as much of Cattle Country’s fabulous outdoor play equipment.
With everything from pigs, llamas, donkeys and ostriches, little ones can say hello to a whole host of furry friends at Over Farm near Gloucester. New for this year is a spring family trail, featuring animal feeding and fun activities like jumping pillows and even duck racing!
Whilst not really a spring baby, one of the newest arrivals at the park is rhino calf, D'Ora. Welcomed into the world in July 2020, she has since been kept under the watchful eye of her mother. When it reopens later this spring, the Madagascan walkthrough promises the chance to see small mammal species such as the tiny grey mouse lemurs.
The Bourton-on-the-Water attraction is not only home to the country’s only group of King Penguins, but also some rare Humboldts. Courtesy of the park’s active breeding programme, there are always newborn chicks at the hatchery – but visitors will have to wait until indoor attractions are allowed to reopen to meet the newest arrivals.
Not far from Gloucestershire at Longleat Safari Park, visitors can enjoy visiting cuddly creatures like the little African pygmy goats. With plenty more animals to see including the new Pere David deer fawn on the 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 has seen baby grey buzzard eagles and luggar falcons hatch in previous springs. With over 150 magnificent birds to see, it makes for a lovely family day out.
At St James City Farm, little ones can meet kids and fluffy baby rabbits when it reopens on Saturday 17 April 2021. There may also be ponies on site as part of the farm’s riding school.
See countless little lambs frolicking in the fields around Daylesford Farm this spring. The farm is also hosting a special virtual lambing tour on Sunday 18 April 2021, so families don’t miss out on the experience this year.
Court Farm Shop in Cheltenham has recently extended its animal area, which is home to some super cute lambs and newborn piglets – and best of all, it’s totally free to enter! The outdoor seating area is also open for visitors to enjoy refreshments from the deli, too.
Just over the border in Ledbury, Newbridge Farm Park is home to furry friends like goats, ponies and donkies - with a unique exotic animal experience giving visitors the chance to meet a snake, armidillo and even a skunk this Easter 2021.
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