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BNPS.co.uk (01202) 558833 Pic: PhilYeomans/BNPS Missy still leads the colony around their enclosure - despite having to use a carefully deployed flipper to steady her way. Worlds oldest Penguin discovered at a Gloucestershire sanctuary. Missy the penguin has waddled forward to claim the crown as the oldest in the world after defying her keepers' expectations and reaching 'at least 36 years old' - a staggering 108 in human years. Missy, a King Penguin, arrived at the Birdland wildlife park when she was at least five-years-old in 1982, and depite losing the sight in one eye she is still the leader of the colony today. Despite her old age her keepers had no idea that she was the World's oldest, until a zoo in Denmark claimed the title with a Gentoo penguin two years younger than Missy. Staff at Birdland Park and Gardens, in Bourton-on-the-Water in Glos. are now planning to send her details to the Guinness World Records to prove she has smashed the record. King penguins - Aptenodytes patagonicus in Latin - are only expected to live up to 26 years in captivity. Missy, who is blind in one eye, spends most of her time with her partner of 18 years, Seth, who is thought to be 34-years-old.

What’s On For 2017

Birdland Park and Gardens, in Bourton-on-the-Water, is home to one of the largest collections of exotic birds in the UK.  Located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, the park’s magical combination of wildlife, woodland, riverside and gardens makes it the perfect day out. Birdland cares for more than 500...

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Critically Endangered Waldrapp Ibis Chick

Celebrate Feathered Mums This Mother’s Day

Keepers at Bourton-on-the-Water’s Birdland are paying tribute to some of the avian world finest feathered females as part of its Mother’s Day weekend. (Saturday, March 25th – Sunday, March 26th). This is the time of year the hens are starting to lay and sit on eggs and their progress is...

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Easter Chicks at Birdland, Cotswolds

Top 10 things to do this Easter at Birdland

1) Penguin Feeding at 2.30 – Enjoy amazingly close views of the UK’s only breeding colony of king penguins, don’t miss finding out more about these stunning birds. 2) Discover dinosaurs – Travel back millions of years to the time when dinosaurs ruled the earth and find out why they...

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A Cracking Easter at Birdland

There’s a host of egg-citing Easter events and activities taking place at Birdland throughout the holidays (Saturday 1st – Sunday 23rd April). As well as Easter trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows, the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction is also expecting some egg-stra special new arrivals in their hatchery. Dozens of...

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The Big Garden Birdwatch at Birdland

Join in the Big Garden Birdwatch at Birdland from 28-30 January, 2017. Created by the RSPB the Big Garden Birdwatch helps the charity to build a picture of garden wildlife across the UK. Last year, more than 519,000 people all over the UK counted an incredible 8,262,662 birds! Join Head...

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Disgusting Birds this Feb Half Term

This half term prepare to be fascinated and repulsed by Birdland, Park & Gardens’ Disgusting Birds Week! From Saturday 11 Feb – Sunday 19 Feb, 2017 the Gloucestershire attraction will be revealing the most revolting birds that inhabit the Park. Discover the Spectacled Owl; this disgusting bird eats its food...

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World Penguin Day at Birdland

Penguin Awareness Day

Waddle with the penguins at Birdland on 20 January, 2017 as we celebrate Penguin Awareness Day.   Keepers will be putting your penguin know-how to the test with a special quiz about the mischievous piscivores, plus enter the competition to be in with a chance to feed the penguins. Discover the parcel...

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An Unusual Christmas Day at Birdland

This Christmas Day Keepers at Birdland Park & Gardens have a cracker of a day planned! When Santa and his reindeer have finished for the night, Keepers at Birdland will be up with the larks to look after their flock of native and tropical feathered friends. Head Keeper, Alistair Keen...

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Cuckoo for Christmas!

Discover exciting experiences and interactive gifts ideas at Birdland this Christmas. Click on the headers to buy a Christmas gift voucher. Feed the Penguins This is a very special and memorable experience which delights everyone who takes part. The penguins are fed every day at 2.30pm. Help to feed the...

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Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for some Christmas Gift inspiration? We have the perfect gift experience for anyone who loves animals as much as we do! Buy a gift voucher online before Christmas and receive a printable voucher to give to your loved one. Penguin Feeding Experience Give someone a very special opportunity to...

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