Noah's Ark Zoo Farm is built on a former dairy farm, on which the farmer, as former founder chairman of the Avon Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group had encouraged native species for several decades.
The field trees on site are mainly Ash and Oak, with small numbers of Alder, Willow and Beech. Since becoming a Visitor Centre in 1998, we have also added many thousands of new trees. 14,000 Beech trees (green and copper) were planted for the maze, which we trim each year to make into silage for the giraffes and other browsing animals. We have also planted 12 acres of trees to help feed the Elephants, including Willow, Poplar, Ash and Hazel.
The hedges around the Zoo are a mix of Blackthorn, Whitethorn, Field Maple, Hazel, Elder, Bramble, Dog rose, Holly and Ash, some hedges go back centuries. Did you know you can tell the age of a hedge by counting how many different species there are in a 10 metre section.
We have wild flower meadows, and flower boxes and beds around the site with a variety of species, all of which help to encourage wild birds and mammals and amphibians.
Native Wildlife at the Zoo
As well as caring for exotic animals, we are passionate about our native species too. From buzzards to badgers, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm provides a wonderful home to hundreds of species of native wildlife. 10 years ago an RSPB survey recorded 67 different species of bird on the farm and did you know we have 5 species of wild bats living here at the Zoo?
We have a huge conservation area where native wildlife can thrive. This area is located just behind the Big Cat Sanctuary and incorporates our butterfly meadow and our large pond, as well as several acres of fields. This conservation area is sometimes open to the public on event days. Keep an eye on our events page for more information on upcoming native wildlife events.
In August 2019 during our Bioblitz event, visitors took part in bug hunting and pond dipping activities in our conservation. A survey of the conservation pond found 19 different species including Smooth Newts, Water Boatmen, Mayfly Nymph and many more!
You can find out more about our native wilidlife on our educational nature trail around the zoo. The trail looks at British wildlife and guides you through how to identify differnet species of tree and mini-beasts. As well as information on polination and bushcraft. You can pick up your free trail map at the ticket office on arrival.
- Wigeon (Anas penelope)
- Common Buzzard (Buteo Buteo)
- European Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)
- Phesant (Phasianus colchicus)
- Sparrow Hawk (Accipiter nisus)
- Sparrow (Passeridae)
- Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
- Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
- Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba)
- Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)
- Blackbird (Turdus merula)
- Wood Pigeon (Columba palumbus)
- Collard Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
- Crow (Corvus corone)
- Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
- Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
- European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
- Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris)
- Magpie (pica pica)
- Moorhen (Gallinula)
- Great Tit (Parus major)
- Wren (Troglodytidae)
- Rook (Corvus frugilegus)
- Tawny Owl (Strix aluco)
- Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major)
- Roe Deer (Capreolus capreolus)
- European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
- European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
- European Badger (Meles meles)
- Stoat (Mustela erminea)
Reptiles and Amphibians
- Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
- Common Frog (Rana temporaria)
- Smooth Newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)
- Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis)