Here at HCF we are a certified rare breeds centre meaning we breed native UK breeds that are so rare some species are classed as vulnerable by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
We also have a small animal house that houses cute and cuddly animals and scary corner.
On your way around the Farm you will also find multiple bird enclosures hosting different breeds of ducks, chickens, peafowl and even a silver pheasant!
Always popular with visitors and staff alike are our large animals. You can find them around the farm in one of our many fields.
We have a few different breeds of goats currently inhabiting the farm including Bagots Goats which are currently classed as endangered (Level 2 by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST)) and Golden Guernsey Goats (Level 5; Minority on the RBST list). We also have the adorable Pygmy Goats on the Farm, Summer and her kids are always about to say hello to and our latest additions to our goat family are our lovely Anglo-Nubians.
Our Pymgy Goats are called Summer, Spring, April
The Farm homes rare breeds of pigs, we have a Large Black breed that is at Level 3; Vulnerable on the RBST list. Our Oxford Sandy And Black pig is at Level 4;
Our Large Blacks are Ethel and Trevor and our Gloucestershire Old Spot is Betty
We are currently home to Jolly and Julip, two georgous Shetland Ponies, we are currently looking after them for another farm
We have the cute Soay Sheep (Level 4; At Risk) on the farm, you can always find them jumping around the farm during the day. We also have the Vulnerable (Level 2) Whitefaced Woodland Sheep on the Farm.
When you are at the Farm remember to go and visit the Small Animal House, located by the stable yard. In there you will find all sorts of cute (and some scary) animals. They love visitors!
We have many rabbits down on the Farm that inhabit the Small Animal House, come see all the different shapes, sizes and colours that we have
Emilia, Juniper, Vienna, Spangle and Noodles are our resident ferrets, and are always about to say 'hi' to.
The only thing we have more of than rabbits is the guinea pigs, you can find Stevey, Wheat, Stella, Whiskey, Pearl and the rest of the gang chilling out with the rabbits around the Small Animal House
We have DuDu, our resident Chinchilla looking as cute and as fluffly as ever waiting to welcome you into the Small Animal House
We can't do a list of animals without mentioning Jerry, our farm cat. You will find Jerry wandering the farm as he pleases. Jerry came to us in 2006 as a kitten and can usually be found in the stable yard lying on the hay or hanging out in the small animal house
There are an array of birds down on The Farm, some familiar and some rare breeds!
The Farm is home to many chickens, some are rare breeds Derbyshire Redcaps, Cream Legbar, Sussex Banthams and Minorcans along with our other breeds such as Araucana, Brahams, Polish and Pekins to name but a few. In early 2019 the Farm was part of a rescue project rescuing Warren hens from a caged farm, over the space we had 600 (approx) ex-battery hens come to the Farm and then off to new homes, we kept some for ourselves and you can find them around the Farm now looking all fully feathered and enjoying life!
You can find the beautiful Cayuga Ducks inhabiting our duck pond (located by the main office) along with the East Indian Ducks and the Indian Runner Ducks
In December 2017 we got Turkeys on the Farm. We currently have 3 Pied/Crolwitzer Turkeys which are a rare breed of Turkey.
Other birds around the Farm
You can also find the stunning Peahens and the Silver Pheasant in the bird enclosure next to the main entrance and situated in the Small Animal House you can find Canaries, Zebra Finches, Benalese Finches and some Diamond Back Doves
We have two tarantulas in the Small Animal House, Hannah our Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula, who has been with us since 2007 and Talulu a Chilean Rose Tarantula
We only have the one snake at the Farm and it is Iris, our beautiful Corn Snake.
Oskar and Sherpa are our lizards. Oskar is a Bearded Dragon and Sherpa is our Leopard Gecko, you can always find them crawling round their vivarium
Giant African Land Snail
As the name suggests, Arthur, our Giant African Land Snail is one big snail, one that you wouldn't expect to find in your back garden
You can now buy an Animal Sponsorship box in The Farm Kitchen. For £10 you will get a box that will contain:
- Certificate of Sponsorship of chosen animal (with blank name space to fill in if it is a gift)
- An info card about the chosen animal
- Finger Puppet Toys (that may not correspond with chosen animal)
- A bag of animal feed
- Farm yard scene pencil
- Sticker set
All proceeds from the boxes will go to looking after the animals. Heeley City Farm is a rare breeds farm park that gets no direct funding for the animals upkeep and so rely heavily on donations and sponsors.
Would you like to bring the farm to your event? All our animals are available to hire, from little to large you can hire out our animals for almost anything you like; from community festivals to school fairs and farmer's markets and are excellent for educating event attendees about Farm life. They really make an impression! Call us for a quote today.
You can hire out a selection of our small animals including:
- Guinea Pigs
You can hire out a selection of our animals including:
We will include:
- Transportation of animals to and from site
- Set up of temporary animal pens
- Supervision by Farm staff at all times
- Tailored Q&A sessions and talks from farm staff
- Health and Safety guidance for visitors regarding the animals
- Clearing and sanitising the site after the event
- An animal movement licence, if required
- Full risk assessment
Prior to the event we may need to visit the site to check the suitability of our pitch.
We supply the animal road show as an educational attraction and will only attend events which we judge to be appropriate.