Updated Statement: 1st January 2023
We are pleased to announce that the park and gardens will reopen to the public from Monday, January 2 (10am).
Following the recent deaths of two Humboldt penguins, we took the decision to close as a precautionary measure whilst tests for Avian Flu were carried out on our other penguins.
All tests were negative, however Penguin Shore will remain isolated for a further six days and our popular feeding experiences will be cancelled until further notice.
Heras fencing has been put up around the penguin enclosure temporarily. All other areas of the park and gardens will be open as normal.
Statement: 31st December 2022
Birdland Park & Gardens has taken the decision to close for several days to investigate potential cases of Avian flu, following the sad deaths of two Humboldt penguins.
As is standard procedure, the deaths will be investigated by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), part of the Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Birdland’s general manager Simon Cox said: “As a precaution following the sad deaths of these two birds we are following APHA guidelines to close our doors to the general public until further notice, so we can rule out Avian Influenza as a possible cause.
“This is a distressing time for all our team and bird keepers who work tirelessly to assure the best welfare and care for all our birds. We are very sorry that visitors will be unable to experience a great day out with us and we will be offering alternative dates to visit or refunds to anyone who has booked online.”
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