This place is an absolute gem if you are looking to educate your family about what is involved in rescuing animals.  It is a must-do family day out for those wishing to see the full picture, once rescued animals begin a new life at a rescue centre.
My two young children fell in love with the amazing creatures at Beaver Water World.  We found the visit most inspiring and each creature tells  a different story of either being mistreated, growing too large in size for its owner to manage, or its owner falling unwell, along with other circumstances.
The actual variety of animals homed at the Centre is a real eye-opener and gave us much food for thought.  From pythons to boa constrictors, iguanas, skinks, bearded dragons, turtles, chinchillas, frogs, deer, lemurs, meerkats, rabbits, tortoises, snowy owls, crocodiles, lizards and European beavers. 
How on earth do they manage to care for such a large cross-section of creatures I asked myself?  The only Rescue Centre I have visited in my life-time is a cat sanctuary and that seemed challenging enough!
Interestingly, Beaver Water World works particularly hard to house its European Beavers and Red Squirrels in groups, or pairs , to encourage an active breeding programme.  It became abundantly clear as we explored the Centre that many pet owners do not realise what they are taking on when they purchase a reptile as a pet.  It is not like keeping your average dog or cat.  There is much responsibility involved, but for the few  would-be pet owners who truly understand what is required, the rewards are numerous.
To get a feel for the Charity’s aims, below are a few pointers:
To provide rescue facilities for unwanted reptiles and other animals.
To discourage the public from purchasing wild caught animals.
To educate the public on the unsuitability of certain species as pets and encourage respect for reptiles.
To extend the Centre facilities so that it can work more closely with the RSPCA and also increase the Centre’s reptile work.
It was a delight to meet the dedicated staff at Beaver Water World, including the die-hard Stella who runs the show.  It came as no surprise that she is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, to care for her beloved creatures (this lady is a true example of an unsung hero in my family’s eyes).  Stella is a fascinating character and a talented artist (do take a peek at some of her works depicting beautiful animal paintings which are for sale.  All proceeds go to the Centre’s Charity).
It was fascinating chatting with Les, a volunteer at the Centre who has dedicated his time for over 30 years!  We heard entertaining stories and felt in awe of his selfless dedication to Beaver Water World and his charges.
There is a Cafe at the Centre which is open daily and provides hot and cold snacks, teas, home cooked meals with indoor and outdoor seating provided.
A lecture room is also on site which caters for school visits and youth groups.  There is also a children’s party package with catering (or self-catering), reptile handling and photographs available.
It is worth noting that all admission fees and donations go towards the upkeep and welfare of the animals.  There is also an adoption centre to re-home animals needing a loving, safe and permanent home. 
If you are looking for a big play area for your children to run wild, then this day out is not for you.  However, there is a small play area and Beaver Water World is located in the countryside which is rather nice. 
For those families wishing to explore a dedicated animal rescue centre, Beaver Water World is simply perfect.  We cannot rate it highly enough and are looking forward to supporting the Centre with seasonal visits throughout the year.

This place is an absolute gem if you are looking to educate your family about what is involved in rescuing animals. It is a must-do family day out for those wishing to see the full picture, once rescued animals begin a new life at a rescue centre.

My two young children fell in love with the amazing creatures at Beaver Water World. We found the visit most inspiring and each creature tells  a different story of either being mistreated, growing too large in size for its owner to manage, or its owner falling unwell, along with other circumstances.

The actual variety of animals homed at the Centre is a real eye-opener and gave us much food for thought. From pythons to boa constrictors, iguanas, skinks, bearded dragons, turtles, chinchillas, frogs, deer, lemurs, meerkats, rabbits, tortoises, snowy owls, crocodiles, lizards and European beavers. 

How on earth do they manage to care for such a large cross-section of creatures I asked myself? The only Rescue Centre I have visited in my life-time is a cat sanctuary and that seemed challenging enough!

Interestingly, Beaver Water World works particularly hard to house its European Beavers and Red Squirrels in groups, or pairs , to encourage an active breeding programme. It became abundantly clear as we explored the Centre that many pet owners do not realise what they are taking on when they purchase a reptile as a pet. It is not like keeping your average dog or cat. There is much responsibility involved, but for the few  would-be pet owners who truly understand what is required, the rewards are numerous.

To get a feel for the Charity’s aims, below are a few pointers:

  • To provide rescue facilities for unwanted reptiles and other animals.
  • To discourage the public from purchasing wild caught animals.
  • To educate the public on the unsuitability of certain species as pets and encourage respect for reptiles.
  • To extend the Centre facilities so that it can work more closely with the RSPCA and also increase the Centre’s reptile work.

It was a delight to meet the dedicated staff at Beaver Water World, including the die-hard Stella who runs the show. It came as no surprise that she is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, to care for her beloved creatures (this lady is a true example of an unsung hero in my family’s eyes).  Stella is a fascinating character and a talented artist (do take a peek at some of her works depicting beautiful animal paintings which are for sale.  All proceeds go to the Centre’s Charity).

It was fascinating chatting with Les, a volunteer at the Centre who has dedicated his time for over 30 years! We heard entertaining stories and felt in awe of his selfless dedication to Beaver Water World and his charges.

There is a Cafe at the Centre which is open daily and provides hot and cold snacks, teas, home cooked meals with indoor and outdoor seating provided.

A lecture room is also on site which caters for school visits and youth groups. There is also a children’s party package with catering (or self-catering), reptile handling and photographs available.

It is worth noting that all admission fees and donations go towards the upkeep and welfare of the animals. There is also an adoption centre to re-home animals needing a loving, safe and permanent home. 

If you are looking for a big play area for your children to run wild, then this day out is not for you. However, there is a small play area and Beaver Water World is located in the countryside which is rather nice. 

For those families wishing to explore a dedicated animal rescue centre, Beaver Water World is simply perfect. We cannot rate it highly enough and are looking forward to supporting the Centre with seasonal visits throughout the year.

Open every day (except Christmas day and Boxing Day)

10am to 5pm

Entry: Adults: £5.00, children £4.00 (under 2’s free)

Beaver Water World (Registered Charity No: 1063373/0)

Tatsfield, Kent TN16 2JT

Telephone: 01959 577747

www.beaverwaterworld.com