The British Wildlife Centre is one of my favourite places in the country. It's like a small zoo focusing solely on British wildlife and everything in it lives in lovely open enclosures with naturalistic environments (the otters have about three lakes to play around in). It's a fantastic place to visit, especially for people who've most likely only ever seen a badger or a fox as a roadside carcass. Here are some photos from yesterday's trip:
Frog (pool frog?)
Harvest mouse (note size of blackberry for comparison)
Wotta lotta otter
Pine marten (Britain rocks for mustelids)
Great photos, Ed! Most of these animals (or close equivalents) also live in the Grand Teton/Yellowstone area, although you saw more in the zoo than I did in the wild.
That reminds me of Toronto's zoos. There is a big one in the suburbs east of the city and two small ones in the city, one with farm animals.
lovely photos -- definitely a place i'd like to visit if I'm in England
Interesting. Close enough for a day trip, (although probably not 'til next summer). I've been fortunate enough to see most of them in the wild, including recently urban badgers, trotting down the street outside my house.
Thanks Ed, to my great regret I have never seen a badger; we will plan a trip immediately!
Love the red squirrel one - an instantly placeable English beastie!
I took a photographic day there last year, and we were even allowed into the wildcat enclosure. Wild? They were furious:
@Chris - those are amazing! I am definitely going to book on one of those days.
Am I the only one young enough here to think of Brian Jaques' Redwall series?