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Otters Center
In all there are 19 accepted species of otter ranging in size from the Asian Short Clawed, Amblonyx cinerea which is about the size of a large domestic cat to the Giant Otter from South America that can measure over 2 metres.
Butterflies center
As part of the life cycle of butterflies, the end of the larval life is marked by the final moulting, which gives rise to a pupa or chrysalis.
Terrapins Center
Male terrapins have longer, thicker tails than females, also the males have longer front claws than females which are used in courtship displays.

Help us feed our Otters

Having closed our doors to visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic
we need help to feed the rescued and resident otters at the Sanctuary.

If you can donate to help the otters please follow the link below, or visit our online shop, in these difficult times for all, everything makes a difference. Thank you, stay safe and well. See you soon.


Welcome to the Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

A friendly south Devon attraction, ideal for a family day out

We are a small, friendly and very different visit for all the family. Run by a small dedicated team we aim to make your visit educational and fun. You can enjoy and learn about our tropical butterflies in the specially designed habitat of which you become part. You not only see the butterflies but feel the rainforest atmosphere that they enjoy as you see their amazing life cycle unfold.

In the Otter Sanctuary there are three species of otter to see, our native British otter, the playful Asian short clawed otters and the large North American river otters who love to show off. Our keeper is on hand to explain all about the otters to visitors, some are here for breeding, some for retirement, some just for fun and some because they are unsuitable to be returned to the wild.

Our mission is...

  • "To be a proactive contributor to the preservation of the wildlife of the planet with particular focus on otters and butterflies"
We aim achieve this by...
  • The sustained breeding of and rehabilitation of otters and butterflies in our care.
  • Raising awareness through community education to the widest possible audience.
  • Instigating and facilitating appropriate research to improve our animal’s welfare.
  • Supporting and encouraging the conservation of species within their natural habitats.
  • Providing an interesting and thought provoking visit for all ages

Make sure to bring your camera.

The Butterfly Farm and Otter Sanctuary is situated just outside the southern border of Dartmoor National Park between Exeter and Plymouth and is easily reached just off the A38 Devon Expressway at the Dart Bridge junction. We have free parking, a cafe and picnic areas. If you’re looking for things to do in Dartmoor, Devon, this unique attraction is a hidden gem.   

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