This is a team photo - kindly taken by Alan Marriott, Editor of The Isle of Wight County Press - at Cowes Yacht Haven Gala Awards Dinner on Friday night (27th November) - in celebration of being awarded first prize in the category 'GoWight Tourism & Leisure' at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism & Industry Business Awards for Excellence 2009.
This coveted Award recognises the Park for combining ongoing growth as a Tourist Attraction on the Island, with excellence in wildlife education and conservation. Seaview Wildlife Encounter is situated in a beautiful parkland setting with rolling vistas down towards the Solent. This is a really special day out where there is something for everyone - whether you're looking for peace and tranquility - by the lake feeding wildfowl from your hands, or wandering in the oasis known as the Tropical House - or being involved in a range of fun activities.
The in-season daily events include educational quizzes, 9 keeper talks; opportunities for feeding of penguins, wallabies and parrots; a chance to meet the otters and the meerkats; have a close-up with the gang in Pets Corner as well as with the cold-blooded creatures at 'bugs and reptiles'.
There are superb photographic and artistic opportunities within a natural unspoilt environment. Visitors are able to feed and interact with a wide variety of birds and animals - a chance to be at one with nature, away from the rat race and the demands of modern-day life.