Wildebeest in the Potting Shed

An Evening Talk with Trust Founder and Life President, Ashley Smith

Friday 2 October

Doors open: 6:30pm | Event commences: 7pm

With heart-warming and humorous stories, Ashley Smith shares tales of some of the people, mammals and birds that have been involved with the Trust from its early days as a wildlife park, up to its current standing as an award-winning tourist attraction.

It was Ashley’s parents, Reg and Hilary Smith, who bought Sarson Farm (the site of the Trust) in the 1950s. In 1965, the year Ashley was born, it became Weyhill Zoo. Ashley worked there as a child after school and at weekends and started full-time at 16. He’s seen the Trust achieve many great things but he’s especially proud of the National Bird of Prey Hospital™ and the creation of Reg’s Wildflower Meadow, both in memory of his parents.

While at the Trust, Ashley most enjoys commentating the Valley of the Eagles demonstration although driving the tractor comes a close second! Nowadays, Ashley lives in Scotland where he follows his passion to watch Golden and White-tailed Eagles.


Tickets: £16.50 – includes tea/coffee and biscuits served during the interval.

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Did you know?
Like other species of eagle owl, the Siberian Eagle Owl has ear tufts which aren’t actually ears at all, but are feathers that are raised or lowered according to the bird’s mood.
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