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my last visit of 2014 help needed

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by adrian1963, 28 Nov 2014.

  1. adrian1963

    adrian1963 Well-Known Member

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    With the year coming to an end I would like to make just one more visit to a collection but I am looking for a collection that holds a great bird collection.
    I would have gone to Blackbrook but unfortunately it is no longer for the time being I have been to the following collections so far this year so would like any ideas for a last visit please remember I have to travel by public transport from Birmingham.

    Places already visited
    Dudley zoo
    Birmingham nature centre
    West Midland safari park
    Hagley falconry centre
    Birdland park & gardens
    Tropical Birdland
    Cotswold wildlife park
    London zoo
    Chester zoo
    Twycross zoo
    Blackpool zoo
    Banham zoo


    Any idea’s would be great

    Here’s hoping you all have a great xmas and new year

    Adrian
     
  2. garyjp

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    By the looks of it you need to go To Bristol or Colchester
     
  3. bongorob

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    Bristol is easy by train from Birmingham
     
  4. FBBird

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    My last visit...

    Colchester does not have a great bird collection
     
  5. Brum

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    If you can get down to the West Country for a couple of days then I'd recommend Paradise Park (Hayle) and Paignton. I'd also suggest Living Coasts but I know you're not a fan of the place.
     
  6. TeaLovingDave

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    I'd suggest the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle, as barring last-minute developments I fear the world-class collection of owl taxa there is approaching its final days.
     
  7. tetrapod

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    Could you expand on this? Although I've never visited have always heard good reports about the work done at Muncaster.
     
  8. TeaLovingDave

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    The World Owl Trust were given their marching orders by the Muncaster Castle estate some months ago - previously there had been an agreement that the WOT would be permitted to remain until 2046, but they were told that unless they renegotiated the terms of their tenancy they were to vacate the premises by May 2015.

    BBC News - Future of World Owl Trust at Muncaster in doubt

    Threatened Cumbrian-based World Owl Centre's delight at new home offers (From The Westmorland Gazette)

    As such, the WOT intends to relocate but it remains to be seen where, or indeed if it will be able to relocate whilst retaining such a wide variety of taxa.
     
  9. TeaLovingDave

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    The following is the most recent statement from the WOT website on the matter, dated 21 October 2014:

    For some reason the post has disappeared from the page in question since being posted, so is currently visible only through the Google cache.
     
  10. Jackwow

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    If you're talking about Bristol Zoo Gardens then I can't think of any reason to go there, never mind birds. :confused:
     
  11. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Not a fan of - to cite some of the unusual taxa held there - Aye-Aye, Kowari, Agile Gibbon, Sand Cat, Aruba Rattlesnake or Drill then?
     
  12. Ned

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    Interesting small mammal collection, good little reptile house, primates, better than average bird collection for its size, beautiful gardens, zoo history, one of those maybe?
     
  13. banham.tiger

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    go to banham in the summer months as have a brilliant bird of prey display/collection and they also have a lot of birds around the zoo.
     
  14. bongorob

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    with, or without owls Munxcaster is closed until Spring 2015.
     
  15. bongorob

    bongorob Well-Known Member

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    Banham is very difficult to reach by public transport.
     
  16. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    Incorrect, Rob - the WOT and the gardens surrounding the castle are open every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; however as it is low season there are no flight displays and the castle itself is closed.
     
  17. bongorob

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    I meant to animal part was closed, its a good job you corrected it
     
  18. Ned

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    How about the national bird of prey centre? No idea how hard it would be to get there by public transport but there's a bus from Gloucester to Newent.
     
  19. adrian1963

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    @NED I did actually think about this collection but according to the webpage it's now closed till early next year but will be on my too visit planner in 2015
     
  20. adrian1963

    adrian1963 Well-Known Member

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    Looks like I will be going to Bristol this or next weekend many thanks folks for the input.