David Woolcock

David, from the beautiful county of Cornwall in the United Kingdom is both a Founding Trustee of the World Parrot Trust and the Curator of Paradise Park, Hayle, the home of the World Parrot Trust.

His interest in parrots started when he kept and bred African Ringnecked Parakeets from the age of eleven. Since then his career has developed and has allowed him the opportunity to work with some of the rarest and most charismatic birds on the planet.

His work has taken him to many parts of the world where parrots are found in the wild. From St.Lucia and St.Vincent where David led the team that created the highly successful conservation education buses that toured the islands; to his most recent journey to Indonesia where he has been busy working with local partners towards the repatriation to Bali of Mitchell's Lorikeets, a sub species now considered to be extinct in the wild.

The connection between The World Parrot Trust and Paradise Park has been a truly symbiotic one, not only with the crossing over of skill sets between the staff of both organisations but also with the captive breeding and avian management skills of the park providing birds for release programmes to the World Parrot Trust.

David is a professional member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators and has set up a team of amazing trainers at Paradise Park that free fly many of the birds at the Park on a daily basis. Not only do these free flying birds provide an amazing spectacle and educational opportunity to the parks' visitors but they also provide a platform upon which many thousands of pounds have been raised to support the work of the World Parrot Trust. The enrichment programme at the park is phenomenal in its range and diversity and the parks staff aim to give every creature in their care the best possible environment in which to enjoy life to the full.

Although Parrots are a BIG part of David's life, both personally and professionally, he is passionate about all species and their conservation. If you travel to the Island of Jersey you will discover a population of a species once extinct on the island. That species is the Red billed Chough, a beautiful and charismatic member of the crow family. A breeding population of thirty five birds now exists on the island - all of them either bred at Paradise Park or wild bred offspring from those birds. In collaboration with partners such as the Durrell Wildlife Trust, the States of Jersey and others, this species has now been returned to the wild in a truly collaborative and ground breaking programme. Real conservation in action.

David's philosophy is simple, by working together we can achieve great things. So, let's get on with it...