In 2011, we celebrated the opening of the first phase of our nature area, with half of the board walk finished and the bird hide constructed.
To enhance awareness of native species amongst zoo visitors, a variety of different signage and interactive boards have been placed around the site, as well as a number of ‘wildlife homes’, such as bug hotels, bat boxes and bird nest boxes, to help encourage different species to inhabit and breed in the area.
The themed bird hide in the site can be split into two sections to form a general viewing area and a separate classroom for school talks and visitor activities when needed. A pond dipping platform has been created, and we are now advertising pond dipping activities to schools. Visitors will also get the chance to get involved to see what species live in our ponds during our special events.
In April 2014, we installed a camera trap on site to see what mammals use our nature area. Since the camera was installed, we have captured many small mammals, such as rodents, but we have also seen badgers, foxes and deer using our nature area!
Access to the nature area is by the Tiger Taiga viewing tunnel.
The nature area is open daily from 9.30am and will close an hour before zoo grounds