Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, Buckfastleigh

Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary may be the world’s only combined butterfly and otter sanctuary. At the indoor pavilion, thousands of butterflies flit in open space, ready to invite you into their midst. Displays include rare tropical species at each stage of development. Have your camera ready as they fan their wings against your cheek. In the companion otter sanctuary, you'll see a completely different style of play. Three species live in habitats true to their native areas and love to show off for visitors. If you have little ones, be prepared for giggles and requests to stay “just a few more minutes.” To visit Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary and get the most from your holiday in Buckfastleigh, create itinerary details personal to you using our Buckfastleigh driving holiday website .
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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary Reviews
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  • I was given the Otter Experience as a birthday present and it was by far one of the best things I have ever done. Tim ‘The Legend’ (you will understand his nickname when you meet him) made it a really...  more »
  • I've been to the Otter Sanctuary before with my family and we've always had a wonderful time. Today I did the otter experience which was absolutely brilliant! I had a fantastic morning helping with th...  more »
  • The Butterfly Farm was brilliant with plenty of beautiful butterflies not only flying around, but also some emerging from their chrysalises! Amazing! The Otter Sanctuary was excellent. Tim was very kn...  more »
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  • Day out with a twist! You get to see the butterflies and turtles moving freely in a very warm orangery. The selection of butterflies was impressive, so was the size of some of them! The other part of the site contains enclosures where different species of otters have their homes. Feeding times give opportunity for listening to very interesting educational talks. Free flow between both sites ensures you're never too hot or too cold. If you're ready to leave all of the amazing creatures I do recommend that you go to the train station nearby to visit the train museum (free), watch the steam train stopping by or have a bite at the café.
  • This place is a great stop on a trip around Devon. It is a conservation area with many beautiful species of butterfly in a great constructed habitat. Around the butterflies are other creatures such as Terapins etc... They also have very cute otters that are rescues. The staff are great and the entrance isn't too pricey. All goes to a good cause.
  • Great Place to visit. All the staff are so enthusiastic about the otters. Watching them being fed and listening to the story of them is one of the best experiences we have had. So nice to hear they have been able to release some of the youngsters. Keep up the good work.
  • Really nice place. Probably came at the wrong time of year because there weren't a huge amount of butterflies but there are a lot of otters and you can go all round the different enclosures to get the best view of them. Very friendly keeper for otters who does a great talk.
  • I've been here before and have always had a fantastic time. Visited again today for an otter experience, which was just wonderful. Tim is very knowledgeable and welcoming, and clearly very passionate about otters. It really was an amazing morning, and I'd highly recommend to anyone who likes these gorgeous animals.
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