Autumn is the perfect time of year to make the most of a visit to Birdland Park & Gardens in Bourton-on-the-Water.
With the holidays over and the children back at school, it is the ideal opportunity to enjoy the park and its stunning Cotswolds setting without the summer crowds.
Birdland, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, cares for over 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.
There are daily flamingo and king penguin feeding demonstrations as well as Meet the Keeper sessions, where visitors can get to meet some of the birds, find out more about them and ask any questions they might have.
These special close encounter sessions are a great way to find out more about the birds and their individual personalities.
Among the new species on display are a flock of black-cheeked lovebirds and a colony of village weavers; famous for their extraordinary nest-building prowess.
Other birds include touracos, starlings, guinea fowl and exotic ducks and the feature also incorporates African hornbills.
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.
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.
Explore the Jurassic Journey trail to discover the giant ancestors of all of today’s bird species. Venture in to the Jurassic-themed landscape which is home to more than 30 different life-size dinosaurs for an interactive prehistoric adventure.
- Birdland Park and Gardens, Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water, Glos, GL54 2BN. Open Daily From 10am (Except Christmas Day). Tel: 01451 820480 or visit www.birdland.co.uk for more information.