Friday 5 June 2020

7 ways to see wildlife in Gloucestershire during lockdown

SoGlos has rounded up 7 fun ways to stay close to Gloucestershire’s wildlife during lockdown. All the awws while observing social distancing...

From fluffy chicks to cheeky meerkats, Gloucestershire is bursting with wildlife. While we’re on lockdown, seeing the animals up close might not be an option, but with 24-hour webcams, live videos and social media, SoGlos has found some fun ways you can stay close to the county’s creatures.


1. Go giddy for goats with Cotswold Farm Park

Although the park is temporarily closed, the dedicated staff at Cotswold Farm Park are keeping their social media updated with super cute videos of all the newborn baby animals. Awww!


2. Go wild for birds with Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Spring means Slimbridge Wetland Centre is alive with the squeaks, quacks and squawks of ducklings, gosling and cygnets. To see how many you can spot on their live webcam, visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge.


3. Marvel at meerkats with Cotswold Wildlife Park

The cheeky meerkats at Cotswold Wildlife Park have their very own webcam, so you can watch their antics live at cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk. There’s also a live penguin cam too, plus staff from the park will be posting photos and videos of the animals on social media while the park is closed.


4. Go potty for piglets at Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park

Cattle Country Adventure Farm Park is known for its adorable animals. While it’s temporarily closed, staff are posting pictures and videos of all the animals on their social media channels, including these porky little Tamworth piglets born just weeks ago!


5. Be enchanted by eagle chicks at International Centre for Birds of Prey

Two baby Verreaux’s Eagle chicks were born this April at the International Centre for Birds of Prey. There’s a video of the hatching process, including a very squeaky introduction on their Instagram feed.


6. Catch animal action on camera traps with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have teamed up with zoologist Billy Heaney to capture all sorts of animal action on camera traps near his home in Gloucestershire. Keen-eyed viewers can spot badgers, rabbits, foxes and more, while learning lots of interesting facts about them.


7. Take a peek at the penguins at Birdland Park and Gardens

Birdland Park and Gardens is home to over 500 birds, but some of its most famous residents are its Humboldt and King Penguins. Head keeper Alistair Keen is running live streamed sessions on the Birdland Facebook page, where animal lovers can catch the penguins on Tuesday 5 May 2020 at 2:30pm.


As part of SoGlos’s #InThisTogetherGlos campaign, we are sharing positive news stories from across Gloucestershire, as well as joyful photos taken by readers in our Gloucestershire Coronavirus lockdown diary. Get involved, share your stories and pictures by using the #InThisTogetherGlos hashtag.


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Monday 27 April 2020

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