Blackbrook Zoological Park

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Coordinates: 53°03′40″N 1°55′25″W / 53.06111°N 1.92361°W / 53.06111; -1.92361

Blackbrook Zoological Park
Date opened 1991,
Date closed 2014,
Location Winkhill, Staffordshire, England
Coordinates 53°03′40″N 1°55′25″W / 53.06111°N 1.92361°W / 53.06111; -1.92361
Land area 75 acres (30 ha)

Blackbrook Zoological Park was a zoo in central England which exhibits the largest collection of birds in the country. It was known for its breeding of rare bird species, with over 300 successfully breeding species to date.[1] The nearest towns are Leek, Ashbourne and Stoke-on-Trent.


The park was closed in June 2014, and has now been remained Peak Wildlife Park for more infomation visuit:

Blackbrook Zoological Park was established in 1991 by Diana Holloway and her son, Mark Rubery.[2] Holloway was already experienced in running a wildlife visitor attraction, having owned and run Hillside Bird Oasis in Mobberley, Cheshire since 1974. Blackbrook quickly developed into a large bird collection in its own right. Following Diana Holloway's death in 2006, running of the zoo passed to her son Mark. Development and expansion has continued in recent years: in 2006, a new entrance, gift shop and café were constructed, and in 2008, a £500,000 penguin exhibit was added. Hillside Bird Oasis was forced to close to the public in 2002 following complaints from local residents over increasing traffic levels, but it was still maintained by the owners as a private breeding facility. In 2008 the zoo became a charity and begun to focus on conservation and education. The zoo received no government grants.[3]

Blackbrook held over 200 species of bird and around 40 mammals and reptiles. It had large collection of cranes, pelicans, and waterfowl. Some of the animals exhibited are listed below:


Pelicans at the zoo in winter


Future developments[edit]

The zoo has now been changed to, Peak Wildlife Park for more information at


  1. ^ "Park p-p-picks up eight new penguins". Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  2. ^ "Park History". Blackbrook Zoological Park Website. Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ "Award-winning tourist attraction forced to close". This is Cheshire archive. Retrieved 2008-08-30. 

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