Feathers & Scales: A Trip to Birdland

I am wandering around to the sounds of twittering cheeps, booming caws, squawks, chirps, hoots, and talons scratching along tree posts…..

Birdland is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited by over 500 birds (swans, pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more), with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales, and Ireland. More than 50 aviaries, open enclosures and a Desert House and you will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone.” [source]

Birdland is home to over 130 species of birds, highlights include: penguins, owls, flamingos, parrots, pelicans, and many more feathered beauties. Birds are quite often the overlooked residents in most zoos, and their enclosures are amongst the quietest… but Birdland is solely dedicated to birds in all their magnificent forms. It was really nice being able to visit somewhere that celebrates these stunning creatures, as well as echoing their more reptilian past with a woodland walk full of huge dinosaur displays to remind us how birds began life.

Did you know? A group of parrots is called a Pandemonium! The smallest species of Parrot is the buff-faced pygmy parrot, and the largest species is the Hyacinth Macaw. While the largest in size, the Hyacinth Macaw is greatly outweighed by the flightless Kakapo; a species of ground-dwelling parrot found in New Zealand.


Birdland at a glance…

Opening Hours
Easter-October: 10am – 5pm
November-March: 10am – 4pm

Adult: £9.95
Child: £6.95
Concessions: £8.95
Book online before you visit and save 10%

Getting There
Address: Rissington Road, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 2BN OR use Google Maps here.

Additional Information
Dogs are welcome at Birdland, but must be kept on a leash.
The majority of Birland is full accessible, some areas have gravel paths.
There is a car park available just outside the centre.
The surrounding area of Bourton on the Water makes for a beautiful visit, and there is plenty to do in the small town.

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