Famous for its cities established during the industrial revolution, and for its magnificent rolling hills and dales, Yorkshire is a great county to explore. Thousands flock to this, the largest county in the United Kingdom.
There are many activities for holiday makers and locals alike in this region, but the appeal of nature and wildlife is particularly strong in this beautiful area.
The Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the Yorkshire Coast, is home to one of the UKs top wildlife spectacles, where half a million seabirds gather to nest and bring up their young on the towering chalk cliffs, overlooking the North Sea.
Filey Garden and Animal Park, as well as caring for traditional farm animals, also has species from further afield, including alpacas, meerkats, sebu, tanuki and wallabies. There are both native and exotic birds, from tiny finches to tall rheas, so there’s lots to see, and plenty to do for all the family.
For those interested in animal care, an extensive programme of education and training is available at Mayfield Animal Park. Also on offer is a fantastic day out for all the family, with a wide range of animals to see, from alpacas and reindeer to meerkats and exotic birds.
One of the most spectacular aquariums in the world is located in Hull, on the banks of the river Humber. The internationally recognised landmark, designed by world class architects, is home to 5,000 animals, including magnificent sharks, rays and colourful tropical fish, and a visit here will not be forgotten in a hurry.
A dynamic centre for animal conservation and welfare, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park has over 400 animals, of over 70 different species. The park is themed, with the ‘Land of the Tiger’, being one of the largest tiger reserves in Europe. The ‘Himalayan Pass’ is home to red pandas and smooth-coated otters, and the park as a whole is a truly breathtaking wall-through wildlife adventure.
So if you thought that Yorkshire was just a land of sheep and sheepdogs, think again! Anyone who loves animals will enjoy seeing those typical examples, but this glorious county has so much more to offer adults and children with an interest in wildlife and conservation.