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The National Parrot Sanctuary is the back bone of Lincolnshire Wildlife Park and is still to this day, the most important aspect of our success. We are now one of the largest parrot sanctuaries in the world, if not ‘The Largest’. Everything we do is based around offering captive animals a more fulfilled life. Take a look at what makes us so unique and learn more about our much needed charity.

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Steve Nichols

FOUNDER

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Rehoming

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park assists in the re-homing of all exotic species of animal, bird or reptile across the country.

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Get Involved

You can help us, help the animals!
Whether it be fund raising, donation to our charity or our Amazon wish-list!

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Parrot Zoo Trust

The National Parrot Sanctuary, offering over 30 years of parrot care and rehabilitation.

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Fundraisers

Meet our in-house Fund Raiser Eileen Miller & see the amazing work you can help her with!

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Our Patron

Derren Brown

In 2004 Derren Brown became the proud patron (or as he likes to be known, The Patron Saint) of the registered charity the Parrot Zoo Trust. Having had parrots for many years, with an innate fascination for these creatures, it was a natural process to become involved with what is now, probably the worlds largest parrot rescue charity. It is the only one of its type in the United Kingdom to offer long term sanctuary to the many parrots and parakeets that need their assistance.

 

Our History

Steve founded the organisation in the early 90’s with a view to initially helping parrot owners residing in and around his local town of Sheffield. However telephone calls from the Sheffield area soon grew and it wasn’t long before it turned into a national call centre, assisting people and their parrots from all over the globe.

Within 12 months of the organisation commencing, the work Steve was doing was quickly recognised by all the animal welfare bodies such as the RSPCA, RSPB and the Police Forces Nationwide. It became apparent that should anyone need any assistance within the parrot world, Steve’s name was first to be mentioned.

After 2 years of intense work, covering over 100,000 miles, visiting over 200 people and assisting more than 600 parrots, the organisation and Steve started receiving a great deal of media interest.
It was while taking in these calls that he had another thought; it appears not all people, no matter how well intentioned or loving, will be able to continue catering for a their much loved pet forever… so what’s going to happen to all the unwanted parrots?

Steve decided to step in and help, but only on a small basis. While still running his construction business he took in a few birds that needed special help, and with these birds he started travelling the country giving out educational talks on the pros and cons of having the parrot as a family pet. Little did he realise what he was embarking upon, when with a few tame parrots he would also visit various children’s hospices and let the children play and learn about these wonderful birds.

Unfortunately though through possible risk of introducing any infection into such places, Steve wasn’t able to continue this valuable service; very much to the disappointment of all those involved and the birds too, who just loved visiting the children.

It was then he decided to do the next best thing, and after some serious thought it was agreed with his family that they construct a place where long term rehabilitation and sanctuary could be offered for the many birds that need it. This facility would also allow the children to visit them.

After viewing over 150 potential sites and travelling nearly 10,000 miles he finally located a site situated in Lincolnshire. It was a flat piece of land measuring approximately 1 acre with not one plant on it, but was a perfect blank canvas to design the centre; that was to become The National Parrot Sanctuary.

Finally in 2003 and after all the amazing work achieved by the family in building the centre, it was now in a position to open the doors; but more than that, the organisation could set the foundation stones to becoming one of the largest parrot rescues in the World.

After only a very short while it was realised that this space was never going to be enough to create the refuge for the many birds that needed help. So over the next few years that one acre grew to an area that now spans to well over 20, this should easily give future-proof security for any relevant developments.

Meet Our Trustees

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Karen Parsons

Chairperson

Karen has worked and volunteered within the voluntary sector for over 30 years, in sector development including strategic development, safeguarding, workforce reform, play and early years.

Throughout her working life Karen has focused on partnership working and sees it as an integral part of daily work, providing opportunities to influence and develop services whilst ensuring the voice of local Voluntary and community is heard.

Karen strongly believes in the ethos of an integrated environment, making the best use of resources available to us and adding value to ensure better outcomes for all. To achieve this Karen ensures that the performance of the organisation meets the needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders by engaging the team through a continuous cycle of analysis, strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and review.

Karen joined the Parrot Zoo Trust in June 2022 as the Chairperson.

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David Kime

Treasurer

I was born and bred in Friskney, as were my parents and grandparents, so when I was asked if I was interested in becoming a Trustee, I jumped at the chance to give something back to the community.

I run a company that advises businesses on systems and IT as well as being a part-owner in a new and growing accountancy practice, with over 35 years experience in helping businesses survive and thrive.

As a keen motorcyclist, you will often find me out and about on Lincolnshire’s roads (avoiding the potholes) on a nice sunny day or down by the river, fishing.

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Sonia Genney

Human Resources

I have worked all my adult life at the company I now own.  I try to balance the demands of work with the passions I have in life.  Being outside surrounded by my family pets, gardening and generally keeping active – I love the outdoor life.

Being able to spend as much time as I can at home and in the garden fills me with satisfaction and enjoyment. 

Serving on the Board allows me to be involved with a wider variety of animals and birds and gives me a sense of purpose that I am involved in the care, preservation and development of some of the world’s most wonderful species.

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Angela Dobson

Community and Funding

I’m Angela Dobson and have been a Trustee at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park since 2021. I got involved with the park through my job, which is Senior Area Officer with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS). This involves recruiting and supporting volunteers, supporting community organisations and getting involved in community development.

I originally trained as a nursery nurse many years ago but have had a very enjoyable career in a variety of roles in childcare and education, safeguarding, family support, education welfare, Children’s Centre management and community support projects.

I have been in management roles for 30 years so also have skills in leadership, recruitment, team building etc.

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Kirsty Johnson

HEALTH & SAFETY

Hi! I’m Kirsty, originally from Somerset but now live in Lincolnshire with my tiny chihuahua called Gizmo. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, drinking coffee and getting outside for long walks with Gizmo.

I’ve been involved in health and safety within the NHS for around 10 years and when the opportunity to work with Lincs Wildlife Park presented itself, I was over the moon.

The Parrot Zoo Trust charity does some truly brilliant work and I’m so happy to be able to contribute in the respect of making sure all staff, animals and visitors to the Park are able to be kept safe and have a great time!

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Paula Batchelor

Trustee

I started working at the Careers and Guidance Centre/Connexions approx 25 years ago. This is where my involvement within the youth sector really began, I started undertaking careers advice sessions with young people and adults, in schools, prisons, libraries in fact anywhere where it was appropriate to chat. This then all led on to project involvement, delivering and supporting projects funded through various streams, delivering and also managing projects started my interest in looking at how projects started, applying for funding and delivering, completing and the evaluation process.

I started doing some staff training, quality management and looking at MI systems and supporting their development and completed my assessors award.

I have managed various employment projects, both national schemes and local, large and small. Supporting adults and/or young people into work, supporting those most in need and helping them achieve what they want to achieve is so rewarding, whether I do this directly or indirectly it still feels the same!

Working in the community/voluntary sector within various roles and projects has really highlighted what great work they do across the county, through volunteering people can and have achieved so much.

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John Roper

Trustee

I was born in Derbyshire where I lived until 1999 and then, after living in Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire for a short while, moved to Lincolnshire in 2002. I qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and continue to practice, specialising in commercial, residential and agricultural property. Much of my time outside of work is spent with my wife and children and I enjoy cycling and walking the dog.
I have a keen interest in wildlife and being largely confined to an office for much of the working week, I try and make the most of the opportunity at weekends and holidays to spend time outdoors.
I was delighted to be asked to become a trustee earlier this year and to have the opportunity to contribute to the wonderful work of the Parrot Zoo Trust.
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Certificate of Excellence 2018

Many travellers far and wide go to Trip Advisor for help and advice on where to go for a day out. Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has been given the Certificate of excellence for the last 5 years running and we intend on keeping it that way!

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