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Britain’s wildlife

Born to be WILD!

The Deep Aquarium, Hull Source:© VisitBritain / Pawel Libera

The Deep, Hull

A man in a viewing tunnel 10 metres below the sea, looking up at ocean creatures swimming above their heads in The Deep

© VisitBritain / Pawel Libera

Britain has a startling variety of natural habitats crawling with animals of every kind. You can also visit world-class zoos, gardens and parks filled with abundant plant- and wildlife from around the world.

The Scottish coast is a great place to see seabirds and the white sandy beaches of North Berwick and the Islands of the Firth of Forth are home to the Scottish Seabird Centre . From here you can take boat trips to see the famous Bass Rock, home to the world's largest single colony of gannets.

In Wales, the Wildlife and Wetland centre at Llanelli stretches over 450 acres and is home to ducks, geese, swans and flamingos, many so tame they feed from the hand. Wales is also home to Red Kites; you can watch these graceful birds of prey as they wheel through the air and swoop to feed at Gigrin Farm Red Kite Feeding Station in Mid Wales.

If you’d rather come face to face with all manner of sea life, try The Deep in Hull. This state-of-the-art aquarium housed in a striking modern building on the waterfront tells the story of the world's oceans through enormous tanks filled with over 3,500 fish and 40 sharks.

To see some of our native sea dwellers in their natural habitat take a boat trip around the coastline of the Scottish Highlands and see the most northerly colony of Bottlenose Dolphins in the world and countless furry seals. Other top locations for seal spotting include Cornwall, Norfolk and Donna Nook in Lincolnshire.

And don’t forget that we have some of the most famous zoos and wildlife parks in the world. At Edinburgh Zoo you can get close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals including lions, tigers, jaguars, red pandas, koalas and polar bears while at Longleat Safari Park you’ll share the road with giant giraffes and meddlesome monkeys as well as zebras, rhinos, tigers and lions.