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“Otter experience otterly amazing” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
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Owner description: 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.Make sure to bring your camera.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Otter experience otterly amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Otterly awesome! The otter experience was an amazing day for my partner and I. Far more time with these cheeky and very active animals than either of us expected it to be. Tim our official handler was amazing he gave us so much information about the otters and it was evident he is extremely passionate about his otters! The sanctuary itself is great to visit too; as even if not doing the experience you can watch the feeding and Tim explains loads about otters and things about each of the otters you see during feeding time. A great day out!

Visited June 2014
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for taking time to post a review. I am pleased the day went well with the otterly awesome otters.
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

Better than I expected! The keeper Tim was so enthusiastic about his job (and you could tell the otters loved him) that it made the day that extra bit special. It wasn't just feeding time at the zoo, you got to know the otters. It was lovely. The butterfly house is hot, be prepared for this! Was an amazing sight to see so many! Will be back before the summer is out.

Visited June 2014
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Sheffield
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12 attraction reviews
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“Nice addition to the steam train ride”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014

We visited the neighbouring South Devon Railway and bought combined tickets for the sanctuary as well as we thought it would be a good additional activity for our young son. The otters are lovely and completely unabashed - a couple of them in particular were just complete show offs, which was great for the visitors!

We arrived just in time for feeding time, but it was very crowded round the enclosure where the feeding took place and quite difficult to see anything. We ended up leaving the feeding exhibition and just went round the other enclosures whilst no one else was around them. It wasn't a busy day at the sanctuary so I dread to think what feeding time is like when the attraction is busy.

The butterfly section was lovely with some really beautfully coloured butterflies. The best thing in the butterfly house however were the terrapins, which our son absoltely loved. They also had leaf cutting ants, which are interesting for about 30 seconds.

I wouldn't recommend visiting this in isolation, as there is not enough to do there and we spent less than an hour, even with a very interested toddler. But as an additional activity to the steam train it was nice.

Visited June 2014
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you for posting you review, I am pleased the day went well for you. The joint tickets we offer in conjunction with the South Devon Railway are very popular and offer an interesting and varied day out.
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“Amazing little day trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

I visited with my boyfriend, and both of us loved it. The talks at feeding time were so interesting as well as entertaining, the keeper is a lovely friendly guy. The butterflies were beautiful, and I love otters anyway, but they were full of personality and amazing to watch. We could have stayed all day! An otter experience is definitely on the list of things to do next!

Visited June 2014
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Great to hear your visit went well.
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“Fantastic value for money”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

Family had a great time here. The otter feeding time is definitely worth going for. There is a beautiful array of butterflies and chrysalides available to see. A must for every Devon visitor.

Visited June 2014
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this review, 1 July 2014
Thank you. Pleased to learn your visit was successful.
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