Leicestershire and Rutland Nature and Wildlife Attractions
Leicestershire and Rutland Nature and Wildlife Reserves and Attractions, tourist and visitor information, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Leicestershire and Rutland Attractions and Heritage pages. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.
We support ‘Accessible Countryside for Everyone’ in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.
Bugtopia the Zoo - Empingham, Oakam - "small zoo with an emphasis on interactivity and affordable fun for the entire family." currently specialised in Invertebrates and Reptiles, with approximately 30 different species including caiman, crocodile, civet, lizards, leaf cutter ants, birds - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
Gorse Hill City Farm - Leicester - working farm and community project, over 100 animals for you to meet including rare or native breeds, play area, wildlife garden, cafe, shop - wheelchair access, accessible toilets
Manor Farm Park & Woodlands - family-friendly attraction with over 25 acres of undercover and outdoor play and adventure areas – Nature Trails; Pirates’ Galleon; Play Fort; Pond Dipping; Go-karts. Meet the donkeys; hold an owl; relax in the café or have a picnic - all birds are in aviaries and the area is accessible by wheelchair, accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, gravel paths outside, the nature trail may not be wheelchair accessible
Rutland Ospreys - The Lyndon Visitor Centre Rutland Water Nature Reserve - Rutland Water is home to the first Ospreys to breed in England for 150 years, open mid-March to early September - There is access for the disabled at the Lyndon centre – access is possible to Waderscrape Hide, Shallow Water Hide, Teal Hide and Swan Hide and the visitor centre itself, accessible toilets at the visitor centre
Rutland Water Nature Reserve - Egleton, Oakham - internationally famous nature reserve regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl. The reserve occupies shore line and shallow water lagoons along 9 miles of the western end of Rutland Water and covers a total area of 1000 acres. - Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre, Egleton has wheelchair access, accessible toilets, Induction loops in the education centre and on audio exhibits in the visitor centre and a mobility scooter is available to hire for access to the nature reserve.
Lyndon Hill Visitor Centre has wheelchair access, accessible toilets and a mobility scooter is available to hire for access to the nature reserve. - Hides accessible by wheelchair are marked on the visitor map -
Oak Farm Park - Between Bagworth & Barlestone - an all weather attraction with both indoor and outdoor activities, a variety of farm animals such as goats, pigs, cows, ponies, donkeys, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs and rabbits, three story soft play area, a café area and children’s party room, covered barn with bouncy castle and smaller trampolines - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
Paradise Educational Farm Park - over 1000 animals spanning over 36 different species, soft play area, education facility, cafe - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
Redgate Farm Animal Sanctuary - Markfield - with cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, cage birds, ducks and chickens needing new homes, there are permanent, elderly and sick animals - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
Stonehurst Family Farm - Mountsorrel - working family farm where you can meet and feed the friendly animals, collect freshly laid eggs, swing in the straw barn, tractor rides, pony rides, hold baby animals, nature trail, pond dipping, playgrounds, motor museum, tea shop, farm shop - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site
Tropical Birdland - Lindridge Lane, Desford - home to over 250 birds with a variety of stunning free-flying parrots from all around the world, set in 6.5 acres, walk through aviaries, woodlands, play area, restaurant, shop - Unfortunately we have no accessibility information for this site