Is it safe? Can I catch diseases? The animals are all tame and friendly but, of course, being animals, there is always a risk of biting and scratching that we cannot rule out. Avoid putting your fingers near the animals’ mouths and please don’t try to pick up any animals. As long as you wash your hands after touching the animals, the risk of catching anything is extremely low. We also recommend rinsing your shoes and the wheels of pushchairs when you get home. We take every measure possible to prevent the spread of disease and are inspected regularly by environmental health. If you are pregnant or think you might be, you should avoid contact with sheep and goats as there is a risk of contracting diseases that could harm you and your unborn child. For further information on staying safe when visiting farms please see our Farm Visit Guidelines.