An excellent half day out! I visited this wildlife sanctuary with my girlfriend today, we had very little information beforehand and I was very pleasantly surprised by this excellent wildlife centre!
We arrived just before 11.30 am and were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable member of staff who provided us with a map, a brief description of the sanctuary & the layout of the centre. She also took time to explain that the bird of prey talk was on at 11.30 & the otter feed and talk was on at 12.00. Please check on http://www.tamarotters.co.uk/generalinfo.html for details of these talks & times as they are really worth seeing.
In particular the bird of prey talk was immense! The handler was very knowledgeable, amusing & keen to get you involved with the birds of prey! I held the kestrel in our visit and he offered all visitors the chance to take the glove and stroke most of the birds. This was unexpected and really interesting as he could demonstrate different parts of the birds phisiology in great detail with a live reference point.
The otter talk was also amusing and very interesting, In particular the otters reaction to feeding time and the response when the feeding was over! Don't think it is just otters though, there are owls, giant rabbits, wildfowl, chipmunks, deer, wallabies and many other animals.
I think the sanctuary is excellent & had obviously been set up with the well being of the animals in mind. They have plenty of room to move around in, especially the wallabies and deer in the forest walk which is set out beautifully. Also the otters pools are fed by a natural stream which was nice to see.
Finally the cafe/tea room is also superb and the food was a decent sized portion. It is well worth having your lunch here, I recommend eating lunch here and then completing the forest walk to finish off the experience!
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