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Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary

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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
+44 1364 642916
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Want to live there with the otters - its so amazing!!

Went there for my belated Christmas present from my fiance to have an experience with the otters... read more

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Kimberley N
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Visit the butterfly/ otters farm, real charming place. One part containing butterfly’s, very warm... read more

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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Dart Bridge Road, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor National Park TQ11 0DZ, England
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+44 1364 642916
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Reviewed today

Went there for my belated Christmas present from my fiance to have an experience with the otters. They are our favourite animals and we'd never seen any in real life before. The sanctuary staff were all really friendly especially Chloe who looked after us all...More

Thank Kimberley N
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visit the butterfly/ otters farm, real charming place. One part containing butterfly’s, very warm and high humidity, real nice to see the butterflies al around you. Very pedagogical signs explaining life cycle of the butterflies. The otter area where so good to, in total they...More

Thank Magnusigbg
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thanks for your review, good to hear your visit went well.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Found the whole place bit run down, but the butterflies, fish and turtles were very interesting. The feeding of the Otters is a 'not to be missed' spectacle. No cafe - OK not a big place, but no loos - have to go 100 yards...More

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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Pleased you enjoyed your visit, sorry about our toilets they are due to be reconnected shortly.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

When we went it was soon after they opened and the butterflies were not active. Also the water in the otter ponds is disgusting as it looks like the water isn’t changed very often (I only saw 2 otters). So save your money and go...More

Thank canuck562015
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Sorry to hear your visit was not a success. I would agree first thing this morning not all the butterflies were active, it was a damp cloudy start to the day. We put the heating on full and all was well in no time. We...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

My Mum took my son here yesterday. Although they had a nice time we are wondering why she was charged admission for my son who is only two. He isn't three until November. The website states that under threes are free. The sign in admissions...More

Thank moormaiden
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

This is rather strange, we have not changed our policy and under threes are free. We have some new team members who may have got confused and I apologise for our mistake. If you drop me a note in the post I with a copy...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the visit to the Butterflies and Otters. I have loved otters for many years and finally managed to get up close to them. The owner and staff were very pleasant and informative and the chat during the otter feeding was really good. Steam railway...More

Thank hilary_j_black
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to post this splendid review, I am delighted your visit went well

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited for an afternoon during our week’s break. The centre is small but I think that just added to the experience, very intimate. Had a great chat to the guy at the front desk about the work they do. Absolutely adored all the otters,...More

Thank TOMMYDAYTRIPPER
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wonderful review thank you and yes the leaf cutters are amazing.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I got the experience for my boyfriend for his birthday and he had the most amazing time! Tim was really chatty and explained about all the otters they had and where we could see them closer to home. Getting to feed the Otters was amazing...More

Thank Abi H
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great to hear all went well

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like butterflies and Otters you won’t be disappointed. With the sanctuary being next to the steam railway if you like steam trains this is also a bonus. Easy access if mobility is a problem. Nice refreshment rooms to.

Thank yvonnepatrick512
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have just visited today with my Mum who loves Otters. We both had a lovely time. We got there as feeding time started and found the talk really informative, saw all the otters of which there were lots and really admired the passion of the...More

Thank Zoatron81
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Dartotter, Owner at Buckfast Butterfly Farm and Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review, I am delighted you enjoyed your visit

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Lucy C
10 June 2018|
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Response from Rachel W | Reviewed this property |
Hi Lucy there is a fee, when we went we went on the steam train too so got a ticket for both train and butterflies, i can't remember the exact price but for 4 adults and one child (4 year old, 3 and under are free) it was... More
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G Michelle L
3 June 2018|
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Response from Dartotter | Property representative |
Yes there is a cafe
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845charlie
30 May 2018|
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Response from Dartotter | Property representative |
Hi we are very small and have a waiting list for volunteers, please send us your details and we can put you on it.
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