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 went ahead on Sunday 9th August 2020. Owing to the coronavirus restrictions, some indoor attractions were closed, but PSUK members still gained FREE entry, and managed to gather (with some degree of social distancing) at the education centre. It was good to see Mike Curzon, a long-time friend of the PSUK since his days at Rode Bird Gardens.
Members at the Education Centre; Some colourful parrot-themed shirts and dresses were worn!
The weather was too hot to see much of the birds, but we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the site of several new parrot aviaries, partially funded by the Parrot Society UK Conservation Fund. Curator Andy Nicholls and BWP trustee David Carr (son-in-law of Richard Howard) showed us the area behind the old owl aviaries, and described the 'giant Meccano' box-steel construction of several flights, to theme different continental groups, and to house several endangered species for conservation breeding. See also Conservation
Andy Nicholls explaining the project to trustees and members; David Carr in grey top & jeans
Andrew Nicholls demonstrating the minimum height of the new aviaries