Find out what’s in store for visitors to Birdland in 2020! The Bourton-on-the-Water attraction is home to over 500 birds ranging from England’s only breeding colony of king penguins and awesome birds of prey to parrots, cassowaries and cranes in a mix of free-flying and enclosed habitats and has a whole host of fun events coming up in the new year.
Pandemonium of Parrots – 15th – 23rd February
To celebrate the opening of its Pandemonium of Parrots display Birdland will be hosting a week-long celebration of these exotic birds.
With no fewer than 16 species now at home in the newly completed parrot habitat there’s a riot of coloured feathers, impressive beaks and razor-sharp bird brains to admire and learn about.
Armed with a quiz trail, venture around the park to solve the ‘psittacines’ puzzle (that’s the scientific name for parrots) during February Half Term.
Hens, Pens and Heroines Mothering Weekend – 21st – 22nd March
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Birdland with our plucky hens and learn the lengths different species will go to protect their precious chicks.
Over the weekend, the talks programme will highlight some of Birdland’s hardest-working hens, pens and heroines, providing a fascinating insight into how they care for their young.
Treat the family and your mum to a bite to eat in the Flamingo Point Café, overlooking the River Windrush, before discovering hundreds of extraordinary birds in the wildlife park.
Hatching Out at Easter – 28th March – 19th April
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 new-born chicks make their entry into the world.
Families can also take on the Easter Challenge Quiz, hunting down 10 hidden eggs around the park and answering some fun ornithological questions.
World Penguin Day at Birdland – Saturday 25th April
Celebrate World Penguin Day on Saturday 25th April in the company of England’s only breeding group of regal king penguins as well as a comical colony of Humboldts.
Enjoy twice-daily penguin feeds and talks from Head Keeper, and surrogate penguin parent, Alistair Keen. Find out how the keepers at Birdland care for their flippered friends, learn about their individual characteristics and how the penguins love to play.
World Penguin Day marks the date when the Adelie penguins traditionally begins their epic migration northwards to Antarctica. It also aims to raise awareness of the increasing danger all penguin species face in the wild due to loss of habitat, pollution and global warming.
Roar-some Dinosaur Bank Holiday Weekend – 8th – 10th May
Calling all dinosaur detectives, fossil fanatics and potential palaeontologists! Venture into a Jurassic-themed landscape to come face to face with more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to the 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 and listen to the ancient calls of the Jurassic giants along the way.
Penguin Parade May Half Term – 23rd – 31st May
Join Birdland’s keepers as they introduce you to everybody’s favourite flightless bird. May Half Term is dedicated to their most popular residents, during this week-long penguin party.
Learn all about the inhabitants of Penguin Shore and discover the quirky personalities of the colony of king penguins and comical Humboldts. Meet film stars and the UK’s oldest penguin plus be in with a chance to help out at feeding time.
Head Keeper, and penguin adoptive parent, Alistair Keen, will be giving twice-daily penguin feeding talks throughout the week.
Feathered Fathers Weekend – 21st June
Staff are paying tribute to some of finest feathered fathers as part of a weekend celebration for Father’s Day. It’s also a particularly exciting time for the bird-keeping team with eggs and chicks aplenty.
Special activities include a daily talks programme which highlights some of Birdland’s most hard-working dads, and how both parents share the heavy load of bringing up the chicks.
Summer Festival of Feathers at Birdland 24th July – 1st September
Join the Summer Festival of Feathers at Birdland and enjoy an exciting celebration of Birdland’s residents on a fun and educational day out.
The six-week-long summer festival showcases some of the most colourful residents at Birdland and is guaranteed to brighten the British Summertime with a carnival of colour, whatever the weather.
The daily summer holiday programme includes flamingo, penguin and pelican feeds throughout the day. Plus, head to the Encounter Zone to meet giant tortoises, pet rabbits and guinea pigs or come face to face with a snake.
International Owl Awareness Day – 4th August
Celebrate International Owl Awareness Day with a day full of owl-tastic activities for families. Keepers will be leading special talks throughout the day and, during the Meet the Keeper sessions, visitors can have a close encounter with a selection of the Park’s resident owl species.
Potter fans will be able to view Birdland’s family of snowy owls while ‘strigiphiles’ (owl lovers) will enjoy meeting the Chaco owl, one of the cutest species of these legendary birds. Spot the differences between the species and learn more about their fascinating lives during your visit.
Fright or Flight at Birdland! – 24th October – 1st November
Let your imaginations fly wild during October Half Term holidays, with a special Halloween themed week of activities.
Superstitious twitchers can 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!
Half Term visitors after something a bit more spooky for all hallows eve can uncover some of the avian world’s most disgusting characters; from blood-sucking songbirds and puking penguins to stinking storks and spitting swallows. Keepers at the Bourton-on-the-Water wildlife attraction will reveal revolting stories about some of the world’s most fearsome flyers.
Winter Wings Over the River Windrush – 19th December – 4th January
Birdland is the perfect location to enjoy a winter outing and discover its host of exotic feathered residents at a much quieter time of year.
Informative daily keeper talks, the chance to cosy up in the Flamingo Point Café and peaceful chirps make a visit to the wildlife park over the festive season the perfect day out.
The December sun illuminates this idyllic Cotswolds setting as you explore along the banks of the River Windrush and discover the wildlife park’s enchanting birdlife.