What’s On For 2017

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.

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 birds, ranging from the UK’s only breeding colony of king penguins and awesome birds of prey to parrots, cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and aviary displays.

The park also incorporates indoor enclosures for a variety of exotic birds and other wildlife alongside a host of other features and attractions; including the dinosaur-themed Jurassic Journey.

There’s a host of fun, entertaining and informative events and activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy taking place throughout the year.

SPECIAL EVENTS 2017

Easter Egg Hunt & Easter Fun – Saturday April 1st – Sunday April 23rd

As well as Easter trails, quizzes and daily egg-themed talks and shows, the Gloucestershire wildlife attraction is expecting some egg-stra special new arrivals in their hatchery.

Dozens of eggs in special incubators are due to hatch out over the Easter break and visitors will have the rare opportunity of watching the newborn chicks make their entry into the world.

World Penguin Day – Monday, April 25th

Celebrate World Penguin Day in the company of the UK’s only breeding group of regal king penguins as well as a comical group of Humboldts.  Enjoy twice-daily penguin feeds and talks from Head Keeper, and surrogate penguin parent, Alistair Keen.

May Bank Holiday Dinosaur Weekend – April 29th– May 1st

Calling all Dinosaur Hunters, Fossil Fanatics and Potential Palaeontologists! Venture in to a Jurassic-themed landscape which is home to more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to giant brachiosaurus which grew to more than five metres in length. 

Younger visitors can unearth a series of fossilised remains at a special prehistoric boneyard.

May Half Term Penguin Week – Saturday, May 27th – Sunday, June 4th

Join Birdland’s keepers as they introduce you to everybody’s favourite flightless bird with a whole week dedicated to their most popular residents.

Learn all about the inhabitants of Penguin Shore and discover their quirky personalities of the colony of king penguins and comical Humboldts. Meet film stars and the world’s oldest penguin plus be in with a chance to help out at feeding time.

Feathered Fathers – Saturday, June 17th – Sunday, June 18th

Staff are paying tribute to some of finest feathered fathers as part of a weekend celebration for Father’s Day. It’s always a busy time for the bird-keeping team eggs and chicks aplenty.

Special activities include a talks’ programme which highlights some of Birdland’s most hard-working dads, and in some cases it’s the fathers who are literally left holding the baby! 

Summer Fun – July 22nd – September 3rd

For fantastic family fun this summer enjoy an exciting and educational day out at Birdland.

The daily summer holiday programme includes flamingo, penguin and pelican feeds throughout the day. Plus head to the Encounter Zone where visitors can meet giant tortoises, pet rabbits and guinea pigs or come face to face with a snake.

International Owl Awareness Day – Friday August 4th – Sunday August 6th

Celebrate International Owl Awareness Day with a day full of owl-tastic activities for families.

Keepers will be leading special talks throughout the day all-about-owls and during the Meet the Keeper sessions visitors can have a close encounter with the Park’s White-Faced Owl and Chaco Owl, running from 12.15pm – 3pm. 

Discover the Eagle Owl, Snowy Owl, Spectacled Owl and Burrowing Owl in their aviaries around the Park, spot the differences between the species and learn more about during their visit. 

October Half Term Shriek Week – October 21st – 29th

Visitors will be able to let their imagination fly away with them during October Half Term Holidays, with a special Halloween themed ‘Myths & Legends’.

Discover why owls are considered to be so wise, where the legend of the phoenix came from, and find out which bird’s call the Romans believed meant imminent death!

 

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