Lincolnshire for Wildlife:
Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary
Located at the Northern end of Mablethorpe is the Seal Sanctuary. Every year dozens of abandoned and injured seal pups
end up here in the Seal & Wildlife Hospital. Most just need some recovery time and a bit of feeding up, but some
stay longer and a few become long term residents when release back into the wild is not possible. The animal collection
here extends far wider than just seals though, too many species to list here, so we recommend that you put a couple of
hours aside during your Lincolnshire Holiday to go along, take a look, don't forget to visit the tea room and gift shop.
The Seal Sanctuary web site.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
Formerly the National Parrot Sanctuary
& Parrot Zoo
In our view this is one of the hidden gems of Lincolnshire. In open Fenland between Splisby, Boston and Skegness you
will find an amazing collection of parrots in large aviaries. Refreshments are available at the Nestcafe and Cockatiel Bar,
there is a picnic area and gift shop. The walk through aviary is the most popular one. Parrots will fly down and sit on your
hand or shoulder and take peanuts from you.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park web site.
Natureland opened its doors for the first time in 1965 and as well as caring for injured seals there are also Penguins,
tropical and cold water aquariums, goats, rabbits, tortoises, koi carp, and lots more. The web site below has a link for
a free childs ticket. Natureland is open all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Natureland web site.
Donna Nook Seals
Donna Nook near North Somercotes as an RAF bombing range but is also a nature reserve and is famed for the large breeding
colony of Grey Seals that arrive here in Winter. In recent years over 1000 seal pups are born here annually during
November and December. There is a small car park, usually free, and the seals are watched and protected by local wardens. Obviously, seals are
wild animals and tempting though it is, don't touch!
Rushmore Country Park
Near Louth, Rushmore Country Park is a family friendly location. Bring along a picnic, visit their tea room, see owls,
donkeys, goats, rabbits, horses, etc. There are also Bird of Prey demonstrations. Their web site has an 'early bird'
voucher for half price admission before 11am.
Rushmoor Park web site.
Hardy's Animal Farm, Skegness
With rare breed cattle, goats, horses & ponies, sheep, pigs & Lamas for you to see and feed. There are also Chickens,
Geese & ducks roaming around. An advernture playground for the kids, horse & cart rides, tea rooms and gift shop. Open daily from Easter to
Hardy's Animal Farm web site.
Claythorpe Water Mill & Wildfowl Gardens
Near Alford and on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds Claythorpe Mill is home to hundreds of birds and has a restaurant,
tea rooms, gift shop and picnic area.
Claythorpe Water Mill web site.
Rand Farm Park
Located about 2 miles West of Wragby on the A158 Lincoln to Skegness road, Rand Farm Park is a large working farm with
excellent visitor facilities. There are goats, sheep, cattle, pigs and small animal petting areas. Indoor and outdoor
childrens play areas, picnic area, tea room seating 120, large toy shop, gift shop, farm shop, tractor and trailer rides.
If you are heading for the coast Rand Farm Park is about one hour from many seaside towns so is an ideal location to stop
off at on your way to or from your holiday destination.
Rand Farm Park web site.
Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union:
For the latest information on Lincolnshire wildlife the Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union web site has reports from all
over the county including the major reserves. You can find out more and subscribe to receive their regular Wildlife
News Bulletin by clicking here;
The Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union web site.