Known for its salt production, fishing ports and the first Butlins holiday camp, the Lincolnshire coast is still a hotspot for tourists across the country. The countryside next to the coastline is a perfect spot for rescuing and caring for the welfare of a variety of species, plus plenty of space for family run farms. Here's six great places to visit if you want to see these animals up close:
Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre
A family run business since 1965, moving to Mablethorpe from Suffolk in 1974 and rescuing their first seal that very year, Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary has been in the hearts of locals and visitors for a long time. Looking after a variety of wildlife as well as seals including primates, meerkats and birds of prey, they also run the Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue Charity as well as a look at the history of wildlife in Lincolnshire right up to prehistory.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Park - Home to the National Parrot Sanctuary
With humble beginnings, Lincolnshire Wildlife Park started with one man helping parrots and their owners in his local Sheffield. In 2003 one acre of land was bought to build The National Parrot Sanctuary, today standing at 20 acres and housing a third of the all of the parrots in the UK, as well as lemurs, otters, tortoises and even bengal tigers.
ARK Wildlife Park
Like many others, Ark Wildlife Park came from a family passion for saving and looking after animals that need a stable home. Moving from the family back garden to the site today in Stickney, they opened their gates just last summer and now house a wide variety of exotic animals, reptiles, birds and even insects.
Hardy's Animal Farm
Hardy's Animal Farm is a working farm on 7 acres of countryside, open to the public in the summer time and with plenty to do. There are plenty of opportunities to meet and feed the goats, cattle and many others, a pig breeding unit and many baby animals being born throughout the year, as well as adventure playgrounds and a relaxing cafe.
Rushmoor Country Park
Family run since 2001 and set in 6 acres of countryside, Rushmoor Park is just situated just outside Louth. Popular attractions include bottle feeding baby lambs in Spring, hawk and owl demonstrations and pony rides, as well as a variety of special events.
Northcote Heavy Horse Centre
A small and unique but extremely dedicated animal welfare charity, Northcote Heavy Horse Centre has been running for over 25 years, entirely funded by public visits and donations. Located on what was the Women's Auxiliary Air Force site of RAF Spilsby, the centre rescues a range of horses from tough backgrounds, some with medical conditions and many that require extra care that are deemed "cost ineffective" by other centres, as well as alpacas and birds of prey.