Photo: Peter Trimming

The British Wildlife Centre provides an incredible opportunity to delve into native British wildlife. The Wildlife Centre opened in 2000 to encourage Britons and foreigners alike learn more about the UK’s native wildlife. The centre hopes that by creating a system of education, the diversity British animals can be protected for many future generations to enjoy. Visitors will be enchanted with the opportunities to interact with Britain’s native wildlife and learn more about their natural habitats. There are keeper talks every 30 minutes on a variety of animals throughout the day.

There are walk-through enclosures that allow you to interact with some of Britain’s friendliest animals. Several of the red squirrels are very sociable and will come up to look for nuts! You might just find one in your bag! Stop by the Hedgerow, which is home to many small creatures including moles, voles, stoats, and hedgehogs. From badgers to barn owls, and pine martens to pole cats, you can spend an entire day getting to see all the wildlife that you never knew Britain had!  There are so many animals to visit; it will be hard to squeeze them all into an afternoon!

Make a day out of it and have lunch in one of the many picnic areas. Enjoy your meal surrounded by quietly grazing deer or hide from the rain in the coffee shop. If the rain won’t let up, head over to the centre’s theatre where there are films showing all day about the British Wildlife Centre’s many creatures. There is also a wetland boardwalk that you can explore in the centre’s new nature reserve. It has wonderful views of the wetlands and much of the surrounding native wildlife is beginning to take refuge in this beautiful conservation area for you to enjoy.

Eastbourne Road (A22), Newchapel, Lingfield, Surrey RH7 6LF
Tel: 01342 834658
Times: 10am – 5pm, every weekend and public holiday from March to the end of October
10am – 5pm, state school holidays