The Chestnut Centre is a nature centre and conservation park which lies off the A625 road between Chapel-en-le-Frith and Mam Tor.
It is located in the scenic Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, and 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.
We're also delighted to have the UK's only Giant Otter named Manoki. Native to South America and an endangered species, they are very rare in captivity.
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.
Although our emphasis is on otters and owls which together form the bulk of our collection, you can see a wide variety of animals including pine martens, polecats, red foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.
A great deal of our work also involves the conservation and the caring for orphaned otters including the rehabilitation of the Eurasian Otter. We also provide full care facilities for injured or orphaned wild animals especially otters, most of whom are eventually returned to the wild.
Visit Chestnut Centre’s website to check opening times and admission charges.
Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015