“ Address: Dickonhill Road / Friskney / Boston / PE22 8PF „
We visited the parrot zoo a couple of weeks ago while on holiday in the area. It is quite out of the way and a bit hard to find as we found out while going along a single track road while passing a group of bemused cabbage pickers.
When we arrived we had to park in the overflow as the main car park was quite full. The first thing I noticed is that this car park needed a couple of bins as there was a lot of litter left by other people.
We made our way to the entrance and paid to get in and bought a bag of monkey nuts and some millet seed for the aviary. As we found out later one bag of each is plenty.
After that we made our way to the beginning of trail, I liked that there was a way round as it makes sure you don't miss anything. While on the way round you can feed the birds monkey nuts, that they will take out of your fingers. It was obvious that some of these parrots were used to humans as we got a "happy birthday" of one and a "hello Charlie" off another. One parrot asked me clearly asked me "got any more" when i gave a monkey nut to his friend.
One of my favourite parts was the aviary. This is where the birds can fly about freely and you can feed them the millet seed which the will take out of your hand. The birds will also land on your shoulder and arms. One took a liking to my dads button on his shirt, another stopped mums watch and another liked the look of my boyfriends camera bag.
There are also a few other animals here. The meerkats have just been built a lovely new enclosure and it was nice to spot the family and their five new babies. Their was also a couple of lemurs and they had 2 babies also. There were also a few owls and giant tortoises.
It would be nice to go back in a couple of years and see what's new as you could see that they were carrying out improvements.
I can't comment on the cafe as we took our own picnic but there were plenty of picnic tables to eat on.
If you are in the area and would like an afternoon out I would say this place is worth a visit.
We live on the Lincolnshire/Cambridgeshire border and since I have been living over on the east of the country I have found that there is quite a lot to do in terms of attractions. About two months ago I had a rare Sunday off from showing and my other half decided that we should do something as a family. I remembered when we drive to Skegness to take the dogs for a beach trip that I often see a sign for a Parrot Zoo so we decided to have a google and take a visit.
To be honest I had no idea that there was a Parrot Zoo unless I had seen the signs on a car journey a few times. It is about 45 minutes away from where we live and isn't as well advertised as it probably could be but after finding it's very professional looking website we decided to take a visit. Just a word of warning should you want to visit, the post code will take you to the opposite end of the road it is situated on but there are signs all along the road!
Where is it?
The Parrot Zoo
Friskney is a small village situated on the outskirts of Boston. About a 15 minute drive from Boston town centre and easily accessible from towns such as Skegness, Spalding.
What is it?
Well, the name happens to give it away! Quite simply it is a zoo full of parrots (about 1500 to be exact)! The zoo is a registered charity and is run from both private and public donations. Basically they do rely on public support to keep going. Not only do they have a wide variety of parrots they also have merkats, reptiles as well as giant tortoises. It is set over quite a few acres attached to a private home but despite it's small scale it has been well put together and thought out.
What to see
Once you have paid your entry fees you walk directly into the outdoor eating area which is attached to the café (more on that shortly). You then walk directly onto the path leading you around all of the enclosures where you can see what the Parrot Zoo has to offer. All of the birds seem to have a large enough enclosure based on size of the bird giving them plenty of room to fly. I of course always find it a bit sad to see them in such way but they all seem incredibly healthy and well looked after.
Outside each enclosure there is an information board giving you the information you need on each and every bird, reptile, mammal that they have at the zoo. It is just enough information for you to take in. There is a path to follow around the whole zoo which makes it easy to follow and you don't miss anything
Two key areas which I particularly enjoyed was the walk through aviary and the special needs area.
** The Aviary **
This is where you can walk through an aviary full of friendly parrots ready to sit on your shoulder and to interact with you. You can buy monkey nuts at the reception desk and the aviary is a perfect place to get up close with them
** Special Needs Area **
Probably the most tranquil area of the zoo as it is set around a beautiful landscaped garden with a lovely pond. This area is specifically for "high demanding birds" which need one to one care such as medication.
Should you be feeling a bit peckish (not pun intended!) or just fancy a drink you have the choice of the Nestcafe restaurant which is jungle themed and sells a selection of hot meals and cold meals which are quite reasonably priced. There is also the Cockatiel bar should you fancy something a little stronger - we didn't venture in the bar simply as we went in the morning.
For the younger ones amongst us there is an outside adventure playground fitted out with heavy duty wooden play equipment. There is a shop where you can pick up your souvenirs as well as the toilets which were incredibly clean and well kept.
Set around a peaceful landscaped garden area with a delightful pond and the sound of running water, our Special Needs Arena is where high demanding birds receive that special 'one to one' attention. The majority of birds that reside in this area are receiving medication and dedicated services for illnesses developed in pet situations.
When we arrived on Sunday morning we were quite surprised that the main car park at the side of the zoo was full so had to park in the rather small overflow car park which didn't take long to fill up, clearly it seemed this was a popular place to visit. The staff at the front desk were incredibly friendly and helpful which was nice especially when we managed to choose to visit on a cold slightly damp day.
It was personally nice to have a small zoo which just had one path to follow as I have found that other zoos I have visited that have numerous ways round I tend to miss enclosures and animals but at the Parrot Zoo it was easy to follow and I didn't miss anything. A lot of the birds are quite friendly and are obviously very use to having people feed them which is quite sweet.
The zoo certainly has a wide variety of parrots which I personally liked seeing and my daughter seemed to enjoy seeing all the colourful birds and those that would take the monkey nuts off her. Of course, as you were walking around you saw people having their hands nipped by the birds which of course is what can happen when you feed them, you just have to be careful!
My main highlight was the walk through aviary as it was nice to see the smaller parrots and birds able to fly around a lot more freely and to interact and they certainly will sit happily on your shoulder. As much as I love seeing such tropical and interesting birds I do feel sorry for them that they are couped up but apparently the Parrot Zoo do have breeding programmes trying to help the more endangered species which is nice.
Overall, I really enjoyed the visit to the Parrot Zoo but it isn't somewhere you would go and expect it to fill the day as you will probably be there for about 2 hours and you will manage to see everything within that time so don't go expecting it to be this large zoo when really it is actually quite small and compact which is definitely not a bad thing.
If you are in the area whether living locally or visiting on holiday/break then it may be worth a visit should you need something to do for a few hours then the Parrot Zoo is definitely a worthwhile visit. Unlike other similar attractions the entry fee isn't overpriced either which is definitely a plus. I'd definitely give the Parrot Zoo 4 stars simply knocking a star off as space is limited and a lot of the enclosures are repeated throughout the zoo.
Adult (16-59 years) £6.95
Children (3-15years) £6.50
Under 3 - Free
(student, OAP, Disabled, Carers etc) £6.50
Family Ticket - 2 Adults and 2 Children £23.50