Thursday, March 26, 2009

The wallabies

The wallabies of the Peak District came from a small private zoo in the grounds of Roaches House near Leek. The zoo was established in the mid 1930s by Henry Courtney Brocklehurst,who tragically lost his life in World War 2. These few bred and became as many as 50. They have been seen by many people over the years. I had heard of them from lots of people and although i walked on the Roaches for years i had never seen them. Then one day as i was looking for trees to photograph one just hopped across the path.


  1. You've nicked by wallabies. I've been hoisted by my own pertard. This is the one image I really want to capture on my blog. I bow to the master.

  2. Well now! Who'd have thought you had Wallabies there!

  3. That is very strange, to think there are wild wallabies roaming around in your parts. It'd sort of be like me wandering along and coming across a wild badger, or some other non native.

  4. I saw one of these wallabies myself around 15 to 20 years ago, between Roach End and Lud's Church. I had heard people say that they had all disappeared now so I am glad to hear that they are still around somewhere.

  5. Thanks very much for kindly displaying these.
    Hope to finally meet them one day!

    (of Leek)

  6. I'd heard they'd all disappeared as well, so it's cool to see they're still around!


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