You can get hands on and up close to the residents here at Birdland Park and Gardens in the Encounters Area. Daily Meet the Keeper talks will take place here at 12:15pm daily, so be sure to catch them.
From becoming a perch for a parrot to a climbing frame for a snake there are lots of creatures waiting to be met here in Bourton-on-the-Water. Our expert keepers will be on hand to give informative talks on some of the animals within the Encounters Area, as well as answering any impossible questions that we know youngsters will certainly have!
In this outdoor area of Birdland you’ll have the chance to meet owls and other birds of prey, as well as exotic parrots and of course the humble, but intelligent, chickens.
Of course, there’s no petting area without everyone’s favourite furry friends including rabbits and guinea pigs. You can ask our expert keepers questions about the cute and cuddly animals and learn why guinea pigs shouldn’t be kept on their own and what rabbits favourite food is, including carrots of course.
Youngsters can even get in the pen with the giant tortoises here at Birdland Park and Gardens, these gentle giants are calm and slow, meaning children can gain an understanding of how different animals travel and move at different paces.
Our keeper Tom said, ‘It’s just the best ways for people of all ages to get used to animals,’ through getting hands on and interacting with the animals, that you may not be able to otherwise.
If you’d like a more hands on experience, and more time with our residents you can take part on one of the experiences here at Birdland. From meeting our favourite flightless birds during the Penguin Feeding Experience to becoming one of the team here at Birdland with the Become a Keeper for a Day Experience – there’s lots of ways to get involved and get a peek of behind the scenes!