Beale Wildlife Park | West Berkshire Villages
2021 is going to be a fun-packed year!
It’s going to be a fantastic year – there is so much more to do and see at the Park.
Half term June 202 at Beale Park
Bring a friend to the park for half term – we have so much planned, including a trail, bug box building on the Wednesday and some exciting four-seater electric boats to hire on the main lake. The boats have been hand painted with images of local birds and are being managed by Pure Boating (part of Henley Charter). On Friday (4th), we have electric ride-on jeeps in the deer park (next to the zebras) thank to Wacky Wheelers.
With the COVID rules relaxing, our keeper talks are also resuming ready for half term. Led by Paul and Chelsea in our animals team, there will be a programme throughout each day where you can watch the animals being fed and ask questions.
Check back soon for details of our exciting summer holiday plans.
- The bouncing pillow is one way to let our younger visitors let off steam. Located on the Maple Walk is it is ideal location to enjoy a cup of coffee or ice-cream whilst others are bouncing away.
- Additional catering outlets. Our stunning Pavilion is now a Cafe with a wide range of fresh food and hot drinks. When we first open in April, it will be takeaway service only but as lockdown eases, you will be able to enjoy refreshments in the Pavilion overlooking the gardens…. A perfect way to relax.
- Finn is our new Carpathian Lynx. He is simply stunning (well – we would say that…). He arrived last November and we are hoping to find him a mate soon.
- Scottish wildcats are now one of Britain’s rarest mammals due to multiple threats. As part of their conservation programme, we have three siblings here. It is a great opportunity to see one of these rare animals.
- The West African Dwarf Crocodile is the world’s smallest crocodile, growing up to 1.8 metres (5.9 feet). Following a poll on Facebook, we have named ours ‘Neville’. He is a heavily armoured crocodile, which is dark in colour on the back and sides with a yellowish belly featuring many black patches. Dwarf crocodiles are a little-known species, unlike their more studied relatives – come and discover more.
Hector, Honey, Willow, Sweet Pea, Beauty and Silver are our new herd of Shetland Ponies. You will find them near the railway station and they are full of fun and character. They are also part of our animal experiences.
Attractions | West Berkshire Villages
You will find a zoo, farmyard, play area, gardens and food and shopping.
Conservation & education | West Berkshire Villages
Many animals, and the habitats in which they live, are in danger of disappearing, principally due to pressures put on them by human activities including hunting and the clearance of land for building and agriculture. These factors are compounded by natural environmental pressures and increasing recent concern over pollution and global changes in climate.
Beale Wildlife Park is committed to the conservation of rare and endangered species and believes that the protection of these animals, plants and ecosystems is vitally important. By caring for and supporting conservation initiatives we are able to contribute to species and habitat survival.
The Park currently manages six main projects and supports others, each of which falls into a different category or type of conservation initiative. These categories are listed below:
1) Breeding – the breeding of animals to preserve the species for the future and for their re-introduction back into the wild if and when suitable conditions allow.
2) Gene pool (studbook) – acting as hosts to animals from other collections to assist in their breeding initiatives, designed to maintain or increase numbers of rare and endangered species.
3) Sponsorship – donations made by the Park in support of initiatives by other conservation organisations.
4) Practical Support – the loan or provision of Beale Wildlife Park resources, either manpower or equipment, in support of conservation initiatives.
Beale Park’s Animal Team, as well as managing the various projects described, also works closely with other external bodies in support of their initiatives, making donations to various organisations such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the Pink Pigeon Project in Mauritius and the Mountain Peacock Pheasant Project in Malaysia.
Getting There| West Berkshire Villages
Beale Wildlife Park is conveniently located at Lower Basildon, 6 miles from Reading on the A329 between Pangbourne and Streatley.
Pangbourne train station is approximately 1.4 miles from Beale Wildlife Park.
It is possible to walk to Beale Wildlife Park from Pangbourne station, but please be advised that it is around a 25 minute walk along a main road.
Sat Nav Users – Please use the postcode RG8 9NW.