Welcome to the Chestnut Centre
Conservation & Wildlife Park
Our Conservation and Wildlife Park, located in scenic Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, not only to a unique collection of birds and animals, but to many wild birds and mammals.
As you walk about the Wildlife Park you'll see some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.
Our Giant Otters Manoki (male) and Panambi (female) with their cubs Kaituma (boy) and Meamu (girl) are a delight to all who see them. Indigenous to South America they cope well with our climate even swimming in their large natural pool in the Derbyshire snow. Giant otters are an endangered species. Native to South America and are very rare in captivity.
Just like the 35,000 visitors we receive a year to the Chestnut Centre, we know you'll enjoy your visit - and that you'll want to return time and time again!
To compliment your visit enjoy a relaxing hot / cold drink or light refreshment in our coffee shop. Open from 10.30am to 5.30pm, and open to non-park visitors.
Meet the Keepers
1 p.m. Deer encounter in Deer Meadow
3 p.m. Giant otter encounter
Keepers are always on
hand for a chat and the share their
wealth of knowledge.
Choose from a wide selection of exciting wildlife themed gifts and souvenirs in our Giftshop.
Click here for Information, Entry fees and Opening Times
As you follow the woodland trails you will see the great abundance of both wildlife and flora indigenous to this area of great beauty. When you re-visit you'll be able to enjoy the scenery of the changing seasons.
Look out for wild birds like treecreepers, bluetits, robins, crows and pheasants, and mammals like bank vole, squirrel and wood mouse - to name but a few.
Education - We offer activities for schools where children can learn about wildlife and the environment.