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Have a few hours to spare - go here!
Birmingham Nature Centre
Member Name: sarah101
Birmingham Nature Centre
Advantages: Price, animals, lots to see
I have visited this nature centre on a number of times over the last 5 years or so since I was first told of it. Firstly it is along a busy road with several bus stops nearby but I have always driven and there is a large car park to the side and you can also park in the Cannon Hill Park car park which has hundreds of spaces.
The entrance if you are taking a child under 5 is £1.70 and just a little more if not. Once you walk out of the shop/entrance you walk straight past the sheep and down to the childrens playground with pigs, a guinea pig village and giant rabbits. There is also a soft play section in the cafe for young children. The cafe itself is well priced and does offer a fair selection of sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes as well as hot and cold drinks. There are plenty of seats inside and some tables outside opposite the wild cats!
If you are bringing a picnic to have in the nature centre there are benches as well as a few tables across from the otters, meerkats and lemurs!
As well as the animals I mentioned above the centre also has red panda - hard to spot, look up into the tree! porcupines, cranes, a reptile and aquarium house and a rodent house as well as others.
I always spend a few hours here and have a picnic or a bite to eat at the cafe and then head onto Cannon Hill Park for a walk around the lake. It will be closing on weekdays soon and only be open at the weekends from the end of October or early November and usually opens up again during the week around Easter.
It is a lovely way to spend a few hours, I would happily pay more than the admission price which for what you get to see is fantastic. Can not recommend enough for those with children of any ages or animal lovers. Always seems less busy the earlier you get there!
Forgot to mention the friendly cat who I have seen a few times and was quite happy for the two year old to sit and stroke her for ages last time I did see her!
Summary: A wonderful morning or afternoon out, team it with a walk around Cannon Hill Park for a longer day
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