Earnley Butterflies Birds and Beasts

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Earnley Butterflies Birds and Beasts

Earnley Butterflies Birds and Beasts
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Mumofjaz
Leicester14 contributions
£9 per adult to get in. There were hardly any butterflies, the birds were ok. Half the reptiles were missing , and the ones that were there looked like they were in dirty & small enclosures. The small animals such as tortoises & guinea pigs were ok to look at but they didn't look like they had been cleaned for a while. The whole place smelt horrible!

The staff were not helpful, there were no staff around the place to explain anything.

To top it off there was an awful, creepy museum of old junk... Random?!

Not worth it, don't bother!

Written August 9, 2014
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Flippidygibbit
Brighton and Hove, UK17 contributions
Family
I had been looking forward to bringing my daughter here because she absolutely loves butterflies and we had been talking about it for days beforehand. I had read a few mixed reviews but I wish I had paid more attention to the bad ones.

The butterfly garden itself was OK. We saw quite a few butterflies and my daughter kept wanting to go back there - which is obviously a positive. However, there wasn’t much else I could say that was favourable.

The reptile house looked almost abandoned. We saw one lizard and that was about it. The turtle pool (I don’t know it’s officially name) looked stagnant and murky and we didn’t see ANY turtles at all.

The animal avenue was much the same: just a lot of empty hutches and cages.

The nostalgia museum was a little odd and being the only people in there, it felt rather creepy. And the crazy gold, although we didn’t use it, looked like it had seen better days.

The whole place needed a blooming good clean and a bit of TLC.
Written July 24, 2018
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phil d
Brighton, UK55 contributions
Family
I wrote a review for this place in 2013 titled 'My Daughter loves this place' and gave an excellent rating. We have actually gone to Earnley every year since, sadly over the last couple of years the place has gone down hill and now looks like it is on its last legs. What was a fab day out is now in desperate need of a revamp and on our last visit even my daughter commented on how shabby it has become. Don't think we will visit again unless something is done soon. Very saddened to give what was once such a nice place a bad review but something needs to be done.
Written June 1, 2018
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Mandi T
Angmering, UK63 contributions
Family
I dont like to leave bad reviews about a business, but this was not a good experience. Sadly this attraction has fallen into a neglected state & we stayed less than an hour. We did look at the butterflies, & the few birds, but for us that was about all worth looking at. I felt very sad for the donkeys in a bare dusty dry enclosure, no grass (they did have hay and water) .The children's play area is a wooden playhouse & a couple of garden rockers plus a run down small pirate ship & a very small adventure course (less than 5 bits I would say) . The play area was an area that had been dug over& then weeds have got in to grow, & the whole site was overrun with an unruly passion fruit vine & ivy. No real gardens to look at, more gimmick than gardens. No beasts ( there used to be lizards) & no birds of prey. Museum is so run down and dusty/dirty, & the crazy golf is an uninviting concrete area that I think you have to pay extra for( we didnt even bother to find out to be fair!) We had come here years ago & it was quite a nice day. But now I am sorry to say we wont be back and I would not recommend it. Expensive £40 odd entrance fee for our family & it certainly is not worth that!!! My advice to you Earnley, start with a decent play area for toddlers, add a big feature play item for older kids, nice seating area for adults, icecream & snacks cafe, & grow the petting animals side... then use the profits to slowly update and modernize everything else. U could have a thriving business here but in the current state people wont pay to come. Sorry
Written January 7, 2020
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mcksmittyg
Gillingham, UK27 contributions
Solo
Brilliantly awful. The heritage museum aka a pile of old crap in poorly lit boxes is accidentally hilarious. The handwritten signs lack any knowledge or insight and reveal a decidedly warped stance on life. The gardens are a poorly kept collection of broken promises and misleading descriptions. Gnomes with broken limbs litter one corner. The dozens of guinea pigs clearly can't help but incessantly breed to the point where they'll soon take the place over as there was little else breathing to look at. The butterfly house was devoid of any life apart from a bored wasp that I guess got in for free but probably still felt hard done by. The crazy golf looked like it had been hastily bodged together by a 5 year old with a pile of breeze blocks and a tin of black paint. I'd recommend visiting soon before the place closes down.
Written July 9, 2018
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cavors
Brighton, UK1 contribution
Worst attraction I've ever been to. Cost £46 for 4 adults and 2 kids. Considering it is suposed to be a 'butterfly & beasts farm with birds of prey', we were not only extremely disappointied, but outraged by the appalling conditions that the creatures lived in.
The butterfly farm was a small, dirty greenhouse with no more than 10 butterflies (1 was dead in a huge cobweb on the ceiling). The plants in there were dying and over-run by weeds.
The birds were also in a small, filthy greenhouse with hardly any plants and no fresh water. The birds looked depressed, silent and dehydrated.
The reptile and tortoise enclosure was a disgrace. Only 6 of the 15 enclosures had animals in them. There were 10 or more turtles in a 2x2 metre space with a small, scum filled pond and only scraps of old cabbage and stale carrots to eat. The few iguanas, snakes and lizards there lived alone in tiny tanks and looked very unhealthy.
My 3 year old crossed the bridge in there and scratched his eye on the ridicilously overgrown brambles and sharp palm leaves that he had to push through to get across. I couldn't get across, it was so overgrown.
There was antibacterial gel outside but it was in a mouldy, grime covered holder, so we didn't use it, eventhough felt we needed to.
Outside there were rabbits, guinea pigs, more tortoises, chipmunks, 2 donkeys, 3 owls and a hawk. The large owl and hawk were both on there own in horrible cages with stagnant water bowls, a couple of excrement covered branches, urine saturated sawdust on the ground and no plants, foliage or trees.
There was a large, stone, garden urn in the middle of the footpath that was balancing precariously on its plinth. My 3 year old touched it and I had to stop it falling on him! Unbelieveable!
The nostalgia museum had some interesting but very dusty exhibits. The display boards were broken, faded and bare. There was evidence of a mouse/rat problem and the exhibits apparently hadn't been touched, let alone cleaned, for many years.
The play area was small and very basic. The slide was a serious hazard and was held together with one screw. It was cracked where it attached to the platform and around the screw holes. There were four other screw holes where it had been previously fixed.
The only staff I saw were working at the cafe and on the entrance/exit, collecting the extortionate entrance fees and handing out hellium balloons to young children as an apparent kind of compensation.
The dirtiest, most expensive and most hazardous family attraction we've ever been to with dire conditions for animals. I will be contacting the rspca about this establishment.
Appalling!

Outraged of Sherburn
Written August 14, 2014
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peter m
waterlooville3 contributions
Family
We saw about 8 butterflies in a small shed with a plastic roof, and 2 of these were in the pond, dead.
There was a very sad-looking aviary containing parakeets, some with bare necks; and 'gardens' with plastic ornaments, one of which had fallen over into the 'water feature' and looked as if it had been like that for some time.
We couldn't believe it when we saw the 'museum'. It was a collection of untidy dirty junk presented in a series of shed compartments with windows in need of a good clean. It had no relationship with the theme of butterflies and wildlife.
The reptiles were housed in drab cages with poor-quality environments.
Asking our granddaughter of 2½ what she liked most, she said "The Ostrich" - This was a 20p mechanical 'ride' machine in the canteen.
Avoid.
Written August 20, 2012
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Written September 13, 2012
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pluma n
London, UK52 contributions
Family
Went 26/3, place an absolute total mess - reptile house closed and boarded up and half the enclosures empty - but with dirty upturned bowls etc - looks like steptoes yard - everything everywhere - and all broken /full of dust - absolute disgrace they charged us £26 2 adults and a 3 yr old - the butterfly enclosure was good - but lots of dead butterflies in corners and plants all cut back - so for the price of seeing butterflies it’s an absolute joke. Little G pigs outside had no food but offered for sale at £1 bag - they run to fence for food!! Not good. Owl enclosures a disgrace - 2 owls, separated, neither had a house/place to hide and just concrete boxes facing a hedge. What a life. like a bad 80s zoo. Don’t bother going - looks like they’ve given up a long time ago - staff may care but just laziness not tidying up. Or chronically understaffed? Is it run by one person??? .... whatever .... Looks they’ve been going bust a while. Please please avoid!!
Written March 27, 2019
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LORRAINE N
Chard, UK6 contributions
Family
Our family came away feeling really sad for the animals in this run down establishment. All the animals looked sad, there was very poor facilities for them with a lack of fresh water, the beautiful owls had no shelter from the elements. Dead chicks floating in filthy water, Reptile House had a broken roof which let in the rain, it was dank, dark and smelly. In the Butterfly House was a chrysalis box with not only chrysalis waiting to hatch but fully developed butterflies that couldn’t even open their wings because of lack of space and dead butterflies. God knows when that box was last checked. This place needs a huge cash injection to give all the wildlife in here the facilities they should be in. This needs to be done or the place shut down. Such a shame.
Written March 29, 2018
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ljackman245a
Christies Beach, Australia82 contributions
Family
Over priced at £9 per adult

Poor conditions for the animals

Fountain had pond weed all over it . Fish unable to swim easily and struggling to breathe.

No staff out in the park

Needs cleaning desperately

Toilets filthy .

Wooden post not cemented . My one year old daughter could push it over. Screws sticking out from bird enclosure . Black wire on show. All very unsightly .

Play area.
Slide not able to be used . Monkey bars unsafe.

Animal issues
Bird enclosure not adequate
Donkeys did not have enough grass
Reptiles - not enough room in cages .
Lots of empty cages .

I have informed chichester council about the poor conditions.
Written May 30, 2016
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