Signposted from junction 12 of the M4
This country park, situated close to the River Thames, features extensive grounds with a variety of animals, from parkland cattle and deer, through meerkats and prairie dogs, to marmosets and lemurs, with many bird species also represented. There is a large lake with koi carp and an attractive Japanese garden, and a fascinating museum filled with hundreds of model boats and planes. An enormous play area with paddling pool will keep the children occupied, or you can take a ride around the park on the popular narrow-gauge railway.
Fun train ride for all the family around the park
This year's event will be on Sunday 9th August 2020. The 2019 Members' Away Day on Sunday 4th August once again was a fine, sunny day, and we were joined by colleagues from The Avicultural Society and Softbill groups. The Avicultural Society was celebrating 125 years with a dedication at newly refurbished aviaries, with a plaque to mark the occasion.
Plaque commemorating 125 years of the Avicultural Society; the refurbished aviaries bearing the plaque
The highlight of our day was 33 PSUK members gathering to see the unveiling of a memorial plaque to PS trustee Vicky Hammond, who sadly died in February this year. Vicky was a real parrot enthusiast, and a good friend to many of those present.
PSUK Chairman Alan Jones having unveiled the plaque; Vicky's plaque in detail
Afterwards there was a presentation in the education centre by Steve Brookes about some of his amazing encounters with parrots on his 'Parrots Up Close' tours in South America, followed by a few words from curator Andy Nicholls about an exciting project to construct a new aviary to house a group of rescued macaws. This will be part funded by the Parrot Society. Keep watching for news!
Steve Brookes speaking about his trips. Framed photographs were sold with profits going towards funding of the new macaw aviary
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