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An Otter Experience...

A real treat for otter fans and lovers of nature and wildlife. It makes an exciting and unusual animal theme gift for all ages and all occassions. We now offer a joint experience for two persons but in this case the tasks we carry out are shared.

Spend a morning with the keeper at the Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary Buckfastleigh and gain an exclusive insight into the secret world of the otter and the work of the sanctuary.

This is a hands on experience and follows the daily routine of the staff at the otter sanctuary, so expect to get up close with the otters and get dirty in the process. It is not a petting session as the otters do not respond well to this.

The morning is designed to be educational and fun and it is usually done on a one to one basis but couples can be catered for, although the activites have to be shared. By the nature of what we do those taking part need to be physically fit and agile although we can cater for those with special needs by adjusting our itinerary to suit. It is not suitable for children under 14 years old. For younger children we suggest our "Childrens Butterfly and Otter Encounter"


The typical itinerary is as follows:

10.00am Arrival and coffee.

10.15am A tour of the Otter Sanctuary with David Field who has been working with otters for thirty  years. You will meet the resident otters and discuss daily routines and otter natural history.

10.45am Cleaning out time. This will involve cleaning out otter pools, sweeping up and removing spraints (otter poo !) from the pens. Cleaning out of the otter holts (where the otters sleep) and generally making sure the otters are clean and comfortable.

11.00am Food preparation. Before feeding otters the food needs to be prepared. Depending on the day of visit this may include freezing down the weekly delivery of trout into daily rations. The food then needs to be prepared suitably for the different species of otter that are resident at the time.

11.30am Feeding time. The otters all need feeding and this will usually involve hand feeding some of the more friendly otters, which is very exciting, but some of the larger residents are too lively for novices to feed by hand.

12.30pm Photograph time. Lots of time now to take photos of the otters and chat with staff.

1.00pm Finish.

Please bring stout footwear, full length wellies, long trousers, waterproofs if wet and your camera.

The cost for the morning is £125 for one person and £175 for couples.

When you purchase the experience  on line we will send a gift voucher for you to redeem when contact us to book a suitable day.

Do check out our Tripadvisor and Facebook pages for reviews and comments from those who have taken part recently.

Please telephone 01364 642916 or email contact@ottersandbutterflies.co.uk for further details or to arrange a suitable date. We can also help with suggestions for comfortable places to stay nearby.



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