Nirah is a conservation, education and scientific project which aims to promote greater awareness and understanding of freshwater habitats and the extraordinary biodiversity they support. It is a unique concept combining a visitor destination and research facilities around the central theme of freshwater.
The project’s mission is to celebrate freshwater. The aim is to build a world leading tourism, leisure, research and educational facility in the heart of Bedfordshire.
Nirah will house an unparalleled collection of water inspired exhibits, including one of the world’s largest
collections of fish, amphibians and reptiles. The exhibits will be set within a tropical landscape in iconic
As freshwater habitats are altered irretrievably or destroyed by man’s intervention, we are losing many of
the fish, reptiles and amphibians which live there. The Nirah Project will help to ensure that we
understand these habitats and species before they are lost and will provide ‘cutting edge’ facilities for
Nirah’s unique collection of species will offer scientists an unprecedented opportunity for study. It will
bring together different scientific disciplines in a grant funded, fresh water habitat Research Institute
focussing on research of the natural products contained within these habitats.
Nirah will also be involved in a range of conservation activities around the world. A cornerstone of our philosophy is that species preservation can only be achieved by first developing understanding and lobbying to protect these fragile habitats. Through outreach programmes it will help to preserve freshwater habitats and participate in captive breeding programmes of fish and amphibians for release back to the habitat.
-- Coming soon to a brownfield site in Bedfordshire --