While spring means an extra hour of daylight, warmer weather and the chance to update your winter wardrobe, 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, chickens and donkeys, 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 baby bats 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, 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.
Among the host of animal encounters available at Berkeley-based Cattle Country, there’s the chance to bottle feed its baby lambs and fawn over fluffy chicks. What’s more, visitors can enjoy some donkey grooming at the FarmYard area.
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. This spring is full of exciting fluffy additions with the baby grey buzzard eagle expected to be the first to hatch and lugger falcon eggs too.
It’s been an exciting time at the St James City Farm recently with Treddy the new calf being born at the start of 2018 and now, kiddies can cuddle up to lambs, see the goats and snuggle the guinea pigs too.
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 7 April 2018, 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 April this year.
Venture beyond the border to Bristol to visit Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park, a haven for the younger generation to fawn over cute and loveable animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, and more; and just in time for spring, there have been new arrivals to the park which guests can meet and play with.
Opening up for an exciting chance to see some lambing live in action, Overbury Farm near Tewkesbury will be hosting its annual event on Sunday 15 April 2018. See the newest members of the farm, with tiny lambs being born this spring.
By Sophie Bird
Friday 09 March 2018
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