No.23 visit a farm
Going on a visit to a farm is a great way of getting up close and personal with lots of new furry, hairy or feathered friends. Lots of farms have small animal petting areas and loads of other activites you can join in with as well.
No.23 on our list of 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ is to visit a farm, and if you're planning on heading to one, then you're probably going to meet lots of animals, and see tractors and farmers.
Visiting a farm is a great way to find out more about animals and plants, and learn how humans look after and use them.
What animals might you see?
Lots of farms have areas where you can meet baby animals and birds and feed or hold them too. You may be lucky enough to visit a farm that has all sorts of animals, from the normal ones you'd expect to find on a farm like cows, sheep, pigs or horses to ones with ducks, chicken, geese or turkeys. There are also farms that have more unusual animals like llamas, alpacas or reindeer.
On different types of farms you might see different things, for example dairy farms will be full of cows who need to be milked, whereas fruit or veg farms might like your help to pick some of their crops.
Farms are also a great place to tick another challenge off your 50 things list because farm buildings and land like hedgerows are brilliant for spotting birds like swallows and robins. You might even see a barn owl if you're really lucky.
Who will you meet?
There will probably be an expert farmer on hand to talk to you about the animals or the crops on the farm so that you'll know more about how they live.
The farmer will also tell you what you can and can't do around the animals.
- One of our top tips is to make sure you wear wellies or sturdy footwear though, because farms can be muddy places.
- It's also sensible to wash your hands before eating or drinking too.