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Place Name Beale Park
Website Address
Address Beale Park
Address Line 2
Locality Lower Basildon
Town Reading
County Berkshire
Postcode RG8 9NH
Find Place on Map RG89NH
Region South East
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Description of Place Space, fresh air, fun, adventure, enchanting animals, exotic beauty, animal farm, children's entertainment & activities on the banks of Thames. Discover Beale Park Wildlife Park & Gardens. A great fun family day out, near Reading, Berkshire. Beale Park Wildlife Park and Gardens at Lower Basildon in Berkshire is celebrating the arrival of several new animals following the birth of: twin Ring-Tailed Lemurs, four Pygmy goats, five Ouessent lambs, four Cameroon lambs, various varieties of chicks and the release of four Raccoons! In 1956, Beale Park was formed by Gilbert Beale who decided to give this beautiful 350 acre, Thames-side park land to ‘the people’ by converting it from private farmland into a non-profit making, charitable trust. In those days it was little more than a track and a couple of ponds. Gilbert, being eccentric in the extreme, adored Indian peacocks and by his death, aged 99, in 1967, there were over 300 on site. His favourite, a peahen called Laura, followed him everywhere and even rode around the estate in his Rolls Royce! Gilbert’s great nephew, Richard Howard and his family, together with a dedicated team of staff, some of whom have been associated with the park since the 1940s, have made the wildlife park what it is today, a unique and enchanting garden, specialising in captive breeding of rare birds, providing a relaxing environment for visitors of all ages. There is a huge array of attractions now ranging from a walk through aviary, nature trails, owlery, and a deer park to summer river cruises, adventure playgrounds and paddling pools, set against the backdrop of the River Thames. The Trustees believe that all species have an equal right to life and, therefore, to conservation. Beale Park is very fortunate to have a truly dedicated team of professionals to care for the animals and the land in its tenure. Since the Trust was formed the bird collection in particular has advanced from a few peacocks to one of the foremost collections in Europe. The main source of funding for these important projects is from ticket receipts at the gate so Beale Park relies on its visitors more than ever before. Visitors are helping conserve rare and endangered birds just by coming to see the collection and enjoying a day out at this traditional wildlife park.
Category Wildlife Parks Safari Parks Zoos

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