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One of the best things about visiting Sussex is undoubtedly the fact that there are a huge number of attractions to choose from. You certainly won’t be bored when taking a trip to this beautiful county. So let’s have a look atq some of the best wildlife attractions in Sussex.
There is only one place to begin and this is with the best small zoo in the whole of Europe, Drusillas Park. This park is situated in Alfriston and has won a wealth of awards and it is not hard to see why. It boasts the perfect mixture of rides and wildlife. Children love Drusillas Park. From the Hello Kitty Secret Garden and Eden’s Eye Maze, to Go Bananas and Go wild and Thomas The Tank Engine – there is something for all to enjoy. There are also hundreds of exotic animals on display as well. You will be able to get up close and personal with pandas, penguins, meerkats and monkeys. Drusillas Park definitely provides a day to remember.
Brighton Sea Life Centre
As you may have gathered by the name, this Sea Life Centre is situated in the popular city of Brighton. It’s not hard to find, as it is located on the seafront, next to the iconic pier. The remarkable thing about this Sea Life Centre is the fact that it is actually the oldest operating aquarium in the entire world. The following are some examples of the creatures you will witness if you take a trip to this fantastic aquarium – zebra shark, native ray, clownfish, the common octopus, short snout seahorse, pig-nosed turtle, loggerhead turtle and the green turtle.
Next, we have Blackberry farm, which is situated in the village of Whitesmith near Lewes. This is a place that attracts a lot of school trips, especially for young children. From pony riding to enjoying the play areas, there are lots of excellent attractions that children are bound to enjoy. When it comes to the animals, you can expect to see the following – cockerels, chickens, geese, ducks, wildfowl, rats, mice, chipmunks, degus, chinchillas, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, donkeys, New Forest ponies, Shetland ponies, Jersey cows, Highland cattle, llamas, alpacas, Southdown sheep, goats, cows and numerous different breeds of pig. All in all, you will get to witness practically every type of farm animal imaginable, and thus you certainly will not be disappointed. There is also a lovely café and tuck shop, as well as a nice gift shop.
Arundel Wetland Centre
Situated in Arundel, there is an incredible Wetland Centre for visitors to enjoy. This is located next to the magical Arundel Castle. From ducklings to cuckoos, there are so many different animals to witness. The great thing about this centre is that there is a wealth of activities and there are various events going on every month. Therefore, there is always something new to enjoy and experience. One of the most popular activities is the boat safari. An expert will point out all of the wildlife and plants that surround you. There is also the reed bed walk and you can have fun in the Pond Explorer station.
Fishers Farm Park
Aside from Blackberry Farm, another popular farm attraction in Sussex is Fishers Farm Park. This is situated in Wisborough Green, in the heart of West Sussex. The farm has actually won several awards, and therefore you can be sure you are in for a treat. There are plenty of animal shows and an array of rides to enjoy. The wacky races is a particular highlight. This includes pig and sheep racing around the race track. The ‘Farming Museum’ is also well worth a mention. This is located within the Animal Encounters Barn. Visitors will learn lots about farming from the past until the present. The interactive voice over makes the learning experience a lot more exciting and easier to grasp.
National Cat Centre
Last but not least we have the National Cat Centre – a must visit for anyone who is a lover of cats. The best thing about visiting the National Cat Centre is that it won’t cost you a penny. Therefore, if you are holidaying on a budget, this is definitely a good option. Aside from taking a look at the cats and kittens that need a new home, you can also go on a tour and benefit from an educational talk. There is also a natural trail, picnic area, gift shop and café. This attraction, which is set in acres of stunning woodland, is definitely one that is not to be missed.
To conclude, the attractions that have been mentioned definitely lead the way when it comes to the best animal and wildlife spots. These are great places to incorporate into your trip, no matter when you visit Sussex or who you go to the country with. You are ensured to have a fun-filled day you remember for a long time.
If you know of any I’ve missed, let me know in the comments below!
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