The Telegraph: Lady McAlpine steps in to save flock of wild peacocks
June 3, 2021
In a recent development at Fawley Hill Estate, a flock of 12 males and five peahens is set to join the existing population of 40 peacocks, along with a fascinating array of rescued wildlife cared for by Lady McAlpine, including lemurs, capybaras, wallabies, and llamas. This decision comes as a result of an eviction order issued by South Oxfordshire District Council following complaints from residents of the upmarket village of Woodcote, where the peacocks were causing disturbances by trampling on rooftops and emitting loud squawks as early as 3am. However, amidst the controversy, Amanda Stewart, a resident whose home adjoins the woods, attests to the peacocks’ positive role in protecting her chickens from predators. The eviction order has faced resistance from other villagers who argue that the peacocks have been a part of the area for decades. While the rehoming process is yet to take place, the council’s gamekeeper has faced difficulties in capturing the birds.