Getting outside and into the natural world is a proven way to improve both our physical and mental health and Birdland provides the perfect destination to get a welcome fix of wellbeing.
Birdland is home to one of the largest collections of exotic birds in the UK.
Located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, in picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water, the park’s magical combination of wildlife, woodland, riverside and gardens makes it the ideal place to re-connect with nature.
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.
It also provides lots of fun and engaging ways to achieve your ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.
Back in 2010 the New Economics Foundation was commissioned by the government to come up with a set of five evidence-based ways to improve mental health and wellbeing: Be Active, Connect, Take Notice, Giving and Learning.
Be Active – With seven acres of park and two acres of Nature Area (Jurassic Journey), Birdland offers a great opportunity to get outside and walk within beautiful parks and gardens.
Connect – As a family friendly park, Birdland provides a fantastic facility to connect with loved ones and family, enjoy talks, feeds and meet the keeper sessions throughout the day, and four-legged friends are welcomed too.
Take Notice – We all lead busy lives where we could well be rushing from one thing to another. Birdland offers a tranquil space within nature, set on the banks of the River Windrush where visitors can see a variety of native species living alongside birds from around the world.
Giving – Whether that’s spending a little bit of extra time supporting somebody or sharing the gift of knowledge, Birdland offers the space and environment as well as operating a volunteer scheme where the generosity of time is used to help support the wellbeing of the birds, and other resident animals.
Learning – With over 500 birds from around the world on display there’s plenty of opportunities to add to your knowledge of the natural world, whether through reading interpretation boards, listening to keeper talks, or asking questions at feeding time.