Jungles & Deserts: The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

I have loved visiting this indoor jungle since I was a child, and I was so excited to share the beauty of one of my favourite places in Edinburgh with Stuart…. “The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes.  Our mission is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of…

Feeding Seals at St.Andrews Aquarium

I am standing atop a platform, with the winter sun shining down on my face, and the find whipping my hair into a frenzy. I look down, and I can see their smiling, hungry faces swimming up towards me…. “Nestled on St Andrews’ dramatic north facing cliffs, with stunning views of the famous west sands…

Meerkat Surprises: A Birthday Trip to Bugtopia the Zoo

I am wearing a long mesh skirt, which attracts the attention of multiple curious noses, and they start to dart in and out of my feet, climbing around the mesh as they scrabble for more worms…. “Bugtopia is a family owned small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family….

Castles & Animals: A trip to Dudley Zoo

The sun is shining brightly, there is a warm summer breeze swirling the fabric of my dress, and I am moving slowly through the air as adorable fluffy monkeys play on the hillside below my dangling feet…. “Hundreds of exotic and endangered animals inhabit an ancient wooded hillside, with a rich geological history, around the ruins of…

Myths & Metal: A Trip to see The Kelpies

“…When thowes dissolve the snawy hoord An’ float the jinglin’ icy boord Then, water-kelpies haunt the foord By your direction And ‘nighted trav’llers are allur’d To their destruction…” – Robert Burns “The Kelpies are 30-metre-high horse-head sculptures depicting kelpies (shape-shifting water spirits), standing next to a new extension to the Forth and Clyde Canal, and near River Carron, in…

Bonsais in Winter: A Trip to Winterbourne House & Gardens

It is Winter. The world is still cold, and in the New Year, the people are only just starting to come out of the hibernation of the festive season. We wake ourselves up on this cold sunny morning to quiet our minds surrounded by a beautiful botanical garden… “Winterbourne is a rare surviving example of…

#TBT – Deer & Ducks: A Trip to Beecraigs Country Park

This adventure is a throwback to 2013 to our little family weekend wander through Beecraigs Country Park… “The woodland at Beecraigs Country Park is carefully managed by the council to provide a fantastic resource for local residents to enjoy our stunning natural environment. We balance the needs of retaining woodland areas to provide shelter for…

Conventions: A trip to The Birmingham Entomological Show 2019

“We are back at Edgbaston Cricket Ground for another superb entomological show. This will feature a huge range of both live and papered specimens of tarantulas, beetles, moths, butterflies, katydids and stick insects as well as a host of other species. A full range of equipment will also be available including housing, moth traps, books,…

My Pets: Giant African Millipedes

“The Midland Entomological Fayre is held twice yearly and is a great friendly show for all ages. There is a huge amount of livestock / dried and mounted specimens of butterflies, moths, tarantulas, beetles, stick insects etc as well as books and equipment. There is a host of well recognised traders and collectors as well…

Feathers & Flying: A S&D Falconry Experience

Our adventure with S&D Falconry was a fantastic flying experience where we were able to learn all about five beautiful birds of prey. We were lucky enough to be able to fly these majestic birds, watch them perform incredible flying demonstrations, and enjoy listening to their history.

Jewellery & Animals: A Trip to Hellabrunn Zoo

The natural beauty was breathtaking, and the habitats for the animals were better than anywhere I have visited before. I was so so impressed. If you are in the Munich area, Hellabrunn Zoo is a must visit destination.

I Am A Happy Fluffy Jellyfish: A trip to SEA LIFE London Aquarium

My favourite exhibit was the jellyfish… obviously! There were a lot of species on display, more than I had ever seen before, and with the use of colour-changing lights they looked even more beguiling. I wandered around in these rooms for so long even Stuart was starting to get bored!!

Valentine’s & Self-Care: A trip to The Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park

Akin to all animal parks, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park plays an important role in conservation by breeding animals at risk of extinction in the wild. They work with other animal centres to generate, and maintain, healthy populations of endangered species. Through education with the centre, and events organised by the park, they are a great resource for raising awareness of the threats to endangered species and the environments they live in.

Feathers & Scales: A Trip to Birdland

Birdland makes for a wonderful day out, especially when combined with an adventure in the surrounding town: Bourton on the Water. There are so many captivating birds to marvel at and learn about in the centre, and if that was not enough to tempt you… I mean… they have dinosaurs… what more can I say!!

We Walked Alpacas: A trip to Charnwood Forest

We had a fantastic experience at Charnwood Forest Alpacas. Out in Leicester’s countryside lies Charnwood Forest, full of beautiful bundles of fluff, and many of which we were lucky enough to spend some quality time with! There are a number of relaxing alpaca experiences to choose from, and we booked for both a Cria Watch experience, and a 90-minute Walking Experience with the alpacas. Both were brilliant!

Meerkat Pups: A trip to Exotic Zoo

Exotic Zoo is a beautifully constructed centre for intriguing little creatures, with a focus on education and animal therapy. Highlights include characterful meerkats, a happy free-roaming pig, and a wonderful array of reptilian creatures!

Adventures & Howling: A trip to Twycross Zoo

Importantly, for me, Twycross Zoo has an ethos firmly rooted in conservation and education. To date, they have been involved in 55 conservation projects and has an extensive research programme in place. To me, this is a fundamental aspect of all zoos, and nature centres, as it provides a bedrock of supporting animal conservation in the wider world, and increasing knowledge of environmentalism, and conservation in the general public… which is really important!

Learning Zone: A Trip to Rodbaston Animal Zone

Rodbaston Animal Zone is a little tired, and in need of refurbishment. There are a good variety of animals on display, and they are a joy to see, but their homes are in need of re-vamping. A little disappointing.

Exotic Sanctuary: A Trip to Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre

Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is a safe haven for exotic animals. Here they can have a chance at a second life, and recover from their neglected past lives. Highlights include beautiful wildcats, characterful raccoons, and a gigantic wolfdog!