- Beale Park
Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens is situated by the
River Thames, between the villages of Pangbourneand Lower Basildonin Berkshire, England. It has three main areas of attraction: collections of small exotic animals, farm animals and birds; landscaped gardens and woodlands; and children's play areas.
The park was founded in
1956by Gilbert Beale as his own private park. He was a keen collector and breeder of peacocks and these birds still roam free in the park. The name is known locally as both "Child-Beale" (after the founding charity) and colloquially as "The Peacock Farm."
Over recent years the park has expanded to accommodate a wide variety of visitors, especially the youngest ones. The park has recently built a roplay area, a pets area, sand pits, paddling pools,
Little Tikes Shop/Play Area and Steam Train.
For older visitors there are the
gardens, lakes and the model boatexhbition.
There is also a
gift shop, education centreand restauranton site.
The aviaries at beale are home to a wide variety of bird species that are threatened with extinction. Most notable are the
Green Peafowl, the Mountain Peacock Pheasantand the Bali Starling. There is also successful breeding programme, and several birds have been released back to the wild.
There are many themed aviarys around the park including; Regional aviarys (home to
African, Asian and Australian birds), the walkthrough aviary, Owlery, madagascan aviarys and the flamingos.
Over recent years the park has expanded greatly to a more
zoologicalcollection, the park now houses lemurs, owls, and in 2007 meerkats, prairie dogs and Tamarins arrived. 2008has seen the arrival of various new exhibts and attractions including; A New ZealandIslands exhibit home Wallabies and Arapawa Goats, A Small African Mammals enclosure purpose built for Yellow Mongooseand Bat Eared Foxes with a raised walkway for improved viewing and also a new pair Capybaras.
The season runs from
1 Marchto 31 October, during the season they are open seven days a week.
1 March- 31 March& 1 October- 31 October) 10 am until 5 pm, last admissions 4pm.
1 April- 30 September) 10 am until 6 pm, last admissions 5 pm.
*Adults - £8.50
*Senior Citizens - £7.00
*Children - £6.00
*Under 2 Years - Free
* [http://www.bealepark.co.uk Beale Wildlife Park and Gardens website]
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