Wildlife

Finding peace: five best botanical gardens
Everyone needs somewhere to go to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here’s the network's finest collections of rare fauna, just a train journey away. more >
30th May 2019
Twitching by train: spot birds of prey and more
If you’re taking a trip by train over the coming colder months, why not try a bit of birdwatching from the comfort of your carriage? Here are some surprising species that you might spot along the GWR network. more >
21st December 2018
Giant LEGO animals arrive at Slimbridge
From 7 July, Slimbridge Wetland Centre will be home to some very special guests. Huge LEGO creatures, including a giant otter, will be arriving for the season and entertaining visitors. more >
20th June 2018
Where to hear nightingales sing this spring
Nightingales are nature’s most lauded songsters. Their wonderful warbling has inspired musicians and poets – including Messrs Shakespeare and Beethoven – for centuries. Visit Highnam Woods, Gloucestershire this month, and you too could enjoy these revered soloists. more >
8th May 2018
See adorable baby badgers in Somerset
Born in the winter, badger cubs come out to play in spring and Folly Farm has the perfect setup for letting the public share in this delight. more >
6th March 2018