- Ticket Prices
Adults - £14.00
Children (3-14yrs inc) - £11.00
Senior Citizens - £11.25
Disabled - (15yrs & over) - £12.50
Children 2yrs & under go free
Students - £12.50 (ID required)
Carers (accompanying disabled person) - £8.50
- Opening times
The park is open daily 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. Last admission 4:30 pm.
- Find Us
Enter FK9 4UR into your sat nav or click here for a more detailed map.
- Daily Showtimes
Bird of Prey Flying Demonstration
12.45, 14.15 and 15.45
12.00, 1.30, 3.00, 4.30
BLAIR DRUMMOND SAFARI PARK’S
MISSION STATEMENT IS TO:
Provide a first-class experience for all its visitors and further promote their understanding and respect for animals and the environment.
Continue to support, participate and raise public awareness of global and local conservation initiatives.
Demonstrate its commitment to preserving world resources through best working practices.
Biodiversity is described as the variety of life and its processes; it includes the full range of living organisms, their genetic differences, and the communities and ecosystems in which they occur.
The world is full of fantastic animals and plants of all sizes and shapes, from a tiny flea to the African elephant, and from plants you see every day, like a daisy, to rare and exotic orchids that only occur high in the rainforest canopy. Biodiversity in some areas of the world, such as tropical rainforests, is so high that scientists are still discovering new species on a daily basis.
As scientific technology and understanding increases, we are able to venture further into the unknown, such as the ocean depths and subterranean polar lakes, in attempts to discover new animals and to obtain more information about the animals we do know. Scientists also discover changes that occurred in the natural world in our distant past, and more importantly, can understand and can predict the effects of environmental change for today’s species and their ecosystems.
Why is this important?
For any species, the most profound effect of environmental change is extinction, and the modern era has seen a wave of species losses across all animal and plant groups, with many more threatened and/or declining. Ironically, we may be losing species that have yet to be discovered.
Human activities are the prime cause of modern species extinction, and the most detrimental of them include:
* Hunting for ‘bushmeat’
* Trade in animal parts (e.g. rhino horns, tiger bones) for eastern ‘medicine’
* Trade in live animals for the exotic pet market
* Spread of ‘alien’ species that act as invasive competitors and/or predators
* Anthropogenic (i.e human-induced) climate change
Blair Drummond Estate
(settling into their release pen)
Blair Drummond Safari Park works with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) to monitor the presence of red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris)on the Blair Drummond Estate, we operate feed stations and a monitoring Tetrad, data is fed into the national database. We also trap intrusive Grey squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis). To see what we are doing now to help conserve red squirrels click here.
When a bird flies into the net we help record its, age, sex, weight and wing-length then Dr. White provides it with a British Trust for Ornithology ring before releasing it. Some of the birds caught are already rung, information gleamed from them includes: which areas of the park they prefer to live, where they have come from, how old they are, whether they are in breeding condition and also their population densities – something we are keen to increase on the estate by providing better habitats.
Beaches are becoming dumping grounds! There are two pieces of litter for every footstep you take on a beach and marine wildlife suffers as a result. Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park has been working with the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). Recently we set out to Cramond Beach, Edinburgh, as part of the Beachwatch project. A 100m stretch of the beach was marked out and this area was cleaned by a group of volunteers; including staff from the park. A survey was completed with all the items collected recorded. The items collected ranged from pieces of plastic to car parts to sanitary waste to hypodermic needles! This project is very important as it is the only one which collects data on the rubbish collected. This data is then used to lobby with governments in regards to policies on waste management.
This year the NSC was hosted in Scotland and boasted some fantastic talks, workshops and field trips highlighting some current important conservation initiatives for native species. This year particular attention was given to: aspen hoverflies, bioblitzing, adders, crayfish, red squirrels, wildcats, wildlife crime, beaver reintroduction, amphibians and monitoring of raptors. Credit has to be given to Mr. Silvey of Royal Zoological Society of Scotland for organising a fascinating and informative event.
Blair Drummond Safari Park will get further involved with conservation initiatives and also develop ties with local enforcement units to prevent wildlife crime on our doorstep.
The Wildlife Crime Road Show came to Blair Drummond Safari & Adventure Park on 11th & 12th August. PC Diamond and his team were on hand to answer any questions regarding wildlife crime and what could be done to prevent it. With them they brought a trailer full of exciting displays to raise awareness of wildlife crime, with items such as snares and poison.
Wildlife crime is a serious issue with many of our native wildlife species at threat. The Wildlife Crime Road Show will be visiting the park again 15th-17th October, so be sure to pop on down and take a look!