We are a nation of animal lovers and love nothing more than taking a trip to see them in zoos or safari parks.
In the West Midlands, that means a trip to West Midlands Safari Park or Dudley Zoo.
But tucked away in the Worcestershire countryside are five secret places to see animals and birds.
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You won’t see any of the “big beasts” like tigers, lions and rhinos.
But you’ll be treated to a huge range of birds and animals that you might not otherwise be able to see.
And the best news of all – the entrance fees to get in are much cheaper than the bigger attractions.
Here are our five favorites:
All Things Wild – Evesham
Station Road, Evesham, WR11 7QZ
Open all year round, this nature center in Evesham has animals and plenty of activities to keep all ages entertained whatever the weather.
Animals range from reptiles to zebras, with over 52 different species and all are kept in enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible, while educating visitors.
There are also various fun attractions for children and the “ultimate dinosaur experience” at Dino Land.
There are seasonal activities, including soaking in the ponds, bug hunting, and crafts.
It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Get more pricing details here.
Attwell Farm Park – Beoley
2 Seafield Lane, Beoley, Redditch, B98 9DB
This working family farm on the outskirts of Redditch is a great place to take the kids so they can see the animals up close but also learn about them.
It’s open year-round, which means every visit you make will be different depending on the season.
Among the animals there are cows, sheep, chickens, rhea turkeys, ducks, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, goats and guinea pigs.
Visitors are encouraged to pet, feed and pet certain animals.
There is also an outdoor playground, picnic areas and a cafe.
Opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 4 p.m.) and Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.).
For ticket prices and more details, click here
The Falconry Center – Hagley
Kidderminster Road South, Hagley, DY9 0JB
Established in 1983, the Hagley Center is home to the most varied collection of birds of prey in the West Midlands.
It is home to over 80 birds including falcons, falcons, eagles, owls and vultures.
Run by an independent charity, you can just turn up and have a look around the aviaries and watch the daily flight shows, or book ahead for a bird-handling experience.
Birds fly daily from 1pm (weather permitting).
In January, the opening hours are Tuesday to Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekends.
For prices and details of bird handling experiences, click here.
Stingray Farm – Billingsley
Bridgenorth, WV16 6PR
Located on the border with Shropshire, Rays Farm is a short drive from Kidderminster.
There are animals to interact with, as well as a “fairytale” forest, ancient woods, a playground, and winding paths.
Among the farm animals are deer (including reindeer), owls, pygmy goats, ponies and donkeys, red squirrels, ducks and geese, pigs, sheep and alcpacas.
There is also a wild birding cache where you can see buzzards, kingfishers and woodpeckers.
After your visit, you can enjoy a meal and a drink at the cafe.
The attraction is closed in January but will reopen in February.
For more details, click here.
Little Owl Farm Park – Dunhampton
Owl Hill Lane, Dunhampton, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9SS
This is a family farm park near Stourport-on-Severn, offering not only an educational experience but also a family day out.
It has foxes, pheasants, meerkats, reindeer and rheas, dwarf goats, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs.
There is a half mile hiking trail and in the spring there is a chance to bottle feed a piglet and watch the sheep races.
The park also has indoor play barns with sandboxes, pedal tractors and a brand new soft play area.
A cafe and picnic area are also on site.
It is closed in January and should reopen in February.
For more details, click here.
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