As well as an extra hour of daylight and warmer weather, spring welcomes hundreds 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 – giving little and big kids the chance to meet a flurry of spring babies, from adorable piglets to the littlest lambs, this season.
Adam Henson’s famous farm park in Guiting Power is the place to see hundreds of bleating lambs and gorgeous goat kids this spring, with the return of live lambing and kidding in the Animal Barn until Sunday 24 April 2022. Visitors can also coo over newborn piglets, guinea pigs and plenty more new additions to the farm.
Among the host of animal encounters available at Cattle Country in Berkeley, there’s the chance to feed the park’s newest lambs and calves; while little ones can also get up close to other fluffy residents, handling rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.
Opening just in time for its Easter Eggstravaganza, children can say hello to a whole host of furry friends at Over Farm near Gloucester – with everything from baby lambs to pigs, llamas, donkeys and ostriches. A brand-new barnyard play area and mini golf course are set to open too.
Whilst a little different from lambs and piglets, Cotswold Wildlife Park has recently welcomed two new arrivals – with visitors able to catch a glimpse of the newest rhino calf, Molly, and energetic zebra foal, Maxwell, this spring.
Popular Bourton-on-the-Water attraction, Birdland, 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 to see at the hatchery too.
Not too far from Gloucestershire at Longleat Safari Park, visitors will be able to see the first ever southern koala born in Europe. The little joey has just started venturing out of its mother’s pouch and eagle-eyed spectators may spot it as it starts to explore Koala Creek this spring.
A leading bird of prey centre, Cotswold Falconry Centre in Moreton-in-Marsh is not only home to a fabulous flock of birds but also has an extensive breeding programme. Bird-loving visitors can often spot a few fluffballs or young chicks, with last year’s breeding season welcoming plenty of new additions.
At St James City Farm in Gloucester, little ones can meet kids, horses and cuddle up with fluffy rabbits – and best of all, it’s totally free to visit!
See countless lambs frolicking in the fields around Daylesford Farm this spring. With lambing tours taking place at various times on Saturday 9 April 2022, animal lovers can hop on a tractor trailer and head out to the barns to see the ewes give birth and watch the little lambs take their very first steps.
As well as newborn spring lambs, Court Farm Shop in Cheltenham has a fantastic animal area, which is home to piglets, calves and three adorable pygmy goats that are all available to visit during its opening hours.
11. Animals at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
Boasting an array of wildlife, spanning llamas, monkeys, crocodiles and elephants, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in nearby Bristol is well worth a drive to – having recently welcomed newborn lambs and the fluffiest little highland calf, Bonnie, who loves zooming round her paddock!