I really wanted to like this place but I came away feeling incredibly uneasy about the exotic animals and birds - an eagle owl tucked away in the corner of a dingy barn with no greenery, blue and gold macaws in another dark barn with very little natural light etc etc. It didn't sit well. The gift shop and cafe have the potential to do great things. The food menu was good, although I was surprised a bacon roll came with streaky and not back bacon, while the cakes in the display unit were not covered and were, therefore, covered with flies (fresh from the donkey dung heap, one assumes!). I had hoped to stock up on things for a barbecue from the accompanying farm shop but even I draw the line at paying just shy of £5 for half a dozen sausages and that was the only meat on offer, so I called in to the deli in Williton, instead! I know there is no charge to see the animals so that makes it a good value destination technically, but, to be honest, I'd rather pay an admission charge if it meant the exotic animals and birds had more enriching surroundings. Maybe they should stick to farm/domestic animals and leave the exotic side of things well alone? I'd be happy to support the cafe/restaurant if there were either better enclosures for the exotics or just farm animals kept in the barns. It all felt as though someone had taken some farm buildings and squeezed in as many cages as possible to draw in the crowds. As things are, I'd rather pay the extra to visit nearby Tropiquaria where the animals have far more natural enclosures. Top tip - be very careful of little fingers if you're travelling with small children as all the enclosures only have single mesh between you and the animals, which means anyone poking a finger through is likely to get up close and very personal with some sharp teeth! Watch out for the rats running wild around the mara enclosure, too!
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