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Prinknash Bird & Deer Park

Cranham, Gloucestershire

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The Bird Park was created in 1974 by Philip Meigh MA RCA, an established cartoonist and artist living locally and needed somewhere to locate his private collection of waterfowl, the 10 acre site at Prinknash was ideal. He started by restoring the original monastic fish ponds that once supplied the City of Gloucester with fresh fish, his concept was that birds look beautiful in the wild and he wanted to create this wild atmosphere for his birds here. Over time the area has been landscaped incorporating follies and other animals such as Fallow deer and pygmy goats.

All the follies were placed with maximum effect, all having lovely views and can be seen from various vantage points within the park, but they do not overshadow each other. On his death in 2008 his daughter continues to add to and improve the collection for visitors.

The objective of this park is to be able to take a colourful meander through the park and woodland around the lakes and ponds and at the same time to be able to get up close to the animals, and you can buy food to feed them at the entrance.

Animals within the park include:

  • Reindeer

  • Fish in the fishponds

  • Miniature Donkeys - who like to be groomed

  • Water Flow

  • Tame Fallow Deer - that like to be fed

  • Wild Fallow Deer including a stag in their own enclosure

  • Pygmy Goats

  • Wild Deer Enclosure

  • Golden Pheasants in Golden Wood

  • Indian Blue and White Peacocks

  • Many different species of birds can be found in the aviaries

Other attractions include a number of follies including a 2 storey Tudor Wendy house, picnic areas, play area for children, the herb garden, shop and tea room.

Location: Prinknash Bird & Deer Park, Cranham, Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: SO879136 Ceremonial County: Gloucestershire

Map Link: StreetMap 

Aerial photo: Google Aerial 

Getting there: M5 J11a take the A417 towards Cirencester, then the first exit signposted A46 to Stroud. Follow the brown tourist signs.

Access: Initial access is via steep hill, so could be difficult for wheelchair users, however mobility scooters do regularly visit and can access all areas of the site.
Website: www.thebirdpark.co.uk 
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Email: enquiries@thebirdpark.co.uk
Address: Prinknash Bird & Deer Park, Cranham, Gloucestershire
Postcode: GL4 8EU Telephone: 01452 812727
Opening Times: Daily. Summer (Mar-Oct) 10am-5pm; Winter (Nov-Feb) 10am-4pm. Closed 25 and 26th Dec and Good Friday.

Charges: Adults 6.80; Child 4.70; Seniors 6; Children under 2 FREE. Season tickets available. Wheelchair Users and their carer FREE.

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Notes: Free parking for cars, coaches and mini bus.

Toilets in main car park and tea rooms.

Tea room and Monastic shop open Wed-Sun.

Picnic area by the Wendy House.

Bird Park Pocket Money shop.

Bird and animal feed can be bought at the entrance and around the park.

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By: Tracey Park Section: Wildlife/Safari Parks/Zoos Key:
Page Ref: prinknash Topic: Wildlife & Animals  Last Updated: 03/2011


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