When we arrived at opening time, the Red Squirrels were waiting eagerly for their morning feed. Visitors are able to walk through the squirrels' copse, on a raised board walk, and the little russet creatures didn't hesitate to use a passing human as a bridge or ladder to cross from one tree to another!
Enlightening talks about each species, by the Center's Keepers throughout the day, provided fantastic views of the animals as they ventured out for food.
On the further extent of the site, a wetland nature reserve was alive with flowers and insects, and water voles rustled in the rushes.
I finally dragged myself away 10 minuets before closing time, feet aching, yawning, but grinning from ear to ear.
Here are just a few of my favourite photos from the day.