Dursley peacock mystery solved
The two peacocks taking a break from Newark Park on the wall of Champions Court car park in Dursley. Picture by George Way
TRAVELLING five miles across roads and dense woodland to escape the attentions of a male suitor may seem drastic - but that is what is believed to be the cause of two peacocks becoming regular sights in Dursley's gardens.
The pair fled Newark Park in Ozleworth, near Wotton-under-Edge, a few weeks ago after the attention of four males in the park were thought to have become too tiresome for them.
Since then they have become regular visitors to people's gardens in Union Street, Fortfields and most recently Champions Court on Henlow Drive and have even popped into a woman's kitchen.
House and visitor experience manager at Newark Park, Jenny Rogers, said it was very unusual for the birds to have travelled so far and was thankful they had not been harmed.
"They have been getting a lot of male attention and probably wanted a break," she said.
"Basically we are just wanting to know where they are so we can come and collect them. We have been thinking Dursley was a long way for them to go."
Unfortunately the gardener of Newark Park is away on holiday until Friday, August 30 so a rescue mission has had to be postponed.
Jenny added: "If people can catch them in their shed or something and feed them - they like peanuts and cereals – we can collect them on Friday."
If anybody does spot the escapee birds, call Jenny Rogers at Newark Park on 01453 842644.
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