Helping reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and exotic mammals in crisis across the midlands from our base near coventry

If an animal is in need of immediate rescue please get in touch as soon as possible*


Read our blog direct from Owner-Operator Clare Barnard to get the latest insights into our campaigns, topical issues and life behind the scenes.



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Providing inspiring guest speaking services and educational talks.



Fully insured, licensed and DBS checked  ~  Supported by THe Prince's Trust

Grace's Rest is committed to equal opportunities.  All clients are welcome and are treated fairly and with respect regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability or sexual orientation.

* Please note that Grace's Rest often operates at full capacity.


Current status as of wc. 20/10/2016: Due to ill health suffered by the owner we will be limited as to what species we can currently admit.  Placements for reptiles, amphibians and mammals are very limited and will be reserved for emergency cases only; placements for invertebrates are unaffected with plenty of space available.  Please contact us for further information.


Sorry, we are unable to offer placements to terrapins or turtles at this time.  Please contact us for the best route to take to rehome these species.


** We kindly request that you do not use this feature to pay for booking deposits.

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How to contact us:

Phone: 01676 471390

Mobile: 07841 623106


Post: Grace's Rest, PO Box 6420,                  Coventry, CV6 9LS


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opening hours

Mon - Sun:

Office hours: 10am - 5pm

Emergency calls only: 8am - 10am & 5pm - 8pm


Open every day


Meet the Owner-Operator, Clare Barnard BSc.(Hons)


Clare is a biologist with almost 20 years professional experience in the husbandry of exotic animals and five years dedicated academic study on the subject with her specialism in the genetics of British herpetofauna.  She has worked with wild Adders (Vipera berus) and endangered Natterjack Toads (Epidalea calamita) under Natural England license conditions.  Clare has also worked as a zookeeper and within private collections including her own.  She lives in rural North Warwickshire, on-site at Grace's Rest, with a whole host of animals!

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