Birdland is issuing an invitation to dinosaur hunters, fossil fanatics and potential palaeontologists as part of their May Bank Holiday Dinosaur Weekend (May 5th-7th).
Visitors can venture in to the park’s 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.
Other prehistoric residents include spectacular flying pteranodon, velociraptors, allosaurus, brachiosaurus and tyrannosaurus rex.
There’s also the chance to spot complete dinosaur skeletons and younger visitors can even unearth a series of fossilised remains at a special prehistoric boneyard.
“Dinosaurs have always been a source of fascination and wonder and Birdland is the perfect place to remind people that dinosaurs never really died out; they simply evolved into birds,” said Birdland’s Head Keeper, Alistair Keen.
“Giant modern-day flightless birds like emus, ostriches and cassowaries are incredibly similar to their ancient ancestors and palaeontologists often study the way they move and the structure of their bones to provide insights in to the prehistoric world,” he added.
With its combination of woodland, riverside and gardens, Birdland features 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.
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.
At the Encounter Zone 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.