Unique bird collections in 400 acres of parkland by the Thames
Beale Park in Lower Basildon near Pangbourne - comprising some 400 acres of parkland and water meadows along the Thames - features a unique bird collection that includes flamingos, water fowl, swans, parrots, cranes, owls, pheasants, pigeons and laughing thrushes. A charitable trust set up in 1956 by Gilbert Beale, a benefactor and lover of Indian peacocks, its aim is to breed and rear endangered species and to re-introduce birds back into the wild once a safe environment is assured. For visitors, the park also offers gardens, picnic areas, waterfalls, woodland, a reed bed, a willow maze, farm animals, a deer park and family attractions such as paddling pools, sandpits, an adventure playground, narrow gauge railway, cafeteria and gift shop.
Beale Park is open daily from 10am - 6pm. Phone: 0118 984 5172.