Green Practice at Noah's Ark

Working with you for a sustainable future

As a large visitor attraction we place heavy demand on a variety of resources - particularly energy and construction materials - and we produce substantial quantities of waste. We have a responsibility to conduct our business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Noah's Ark has made a commitment to sustainability, recognised with the national GTBS Gold Award.

Some useful green documents are available to download at the bottom of this page.

View our guide for information on using sustainable transport to reach Noah's Ark for your visit.

Local conservation at our Zoo Farm:

Renewable Energy:

Our commitment to green energy in 2016 has built on the foundations we laid 10 years ago when we began investing in clean energy projects to future-proof our operations. March 2009 saw the installation of our first wind turbine to produce energy for the site. The 'Proven' 12kW, 15m turbine harnesses wind power from open fields behind the farm, converting this to electricity for use around site, including the office and animal housing.

In 2013 and 2015 we installed two large biomass boilers which run on recycled wood chip to heat public areas of the zoo. A significant investment of £500,000 these 199kW units provide cleaner heat for our elephant house and the indoor play barns. We have plans to extend this to include our shop, cafe and offices on site.

Solar PV is another important source of renewable energy for us. Panels on the roof of our elephant barn and lemur house convert energy from the suns rays into electricity we can use at the zoo. We will add further solar panels as development of the park continues.

Local Wildlife:

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm covers 310 acres of land just outside Bristol. This land includes many different types of habitat that support a diverse range of species:

  • Streams: Two streams run through Noah's Ark. The water is continually moving, and contains a high level of oxygen. Organisms that live in streams often anchor themselves to rocks to prevent them being washed downstream
  • Ponds: There are two ponds at the Zoo Farm, which support a variety of plants both submerged and floating and an abundance of aquatic invertebrates
  • Hedgerows: Hedgerows mark the edges of fields, and prevent domestic animals like sheep and cows from getting out. Many birds use hedges as nest sites, while mice and voles forage and hide from predators
  • Stone Walls: Besides hedges, stone walls are also used to mark boundaries. Crevices in these walls provide excellent hiding places for small insects, reptiles and even mammals. Mosses and small plants can also be found growing there
  • Wildlife surveys are carried out onsite, including the Avon Bat Group and Avon Wildlife Trust. There are important native species of bats and birds on our land, also deer and other interesting small mammals.

Web-viewable and downloadable green documents:

Learn how simple measures can be effective to help you reduce your impact on the environment.

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View our Green Policy 2016

View our Conservation Strategy 2016

View our Visitor Charter 2016

Public "Top 10 Tips" for being green