There’s loads of things for kids to do and enjoy on a day out at Birdland. One of the UK’s biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife. Become a perch for a parrot or a landing pad for an owl at one of the entertaining Keeper talks.
Situated in the picturesque Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds, Birdland boasts a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds – including 140 different species such as vibrant flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots, laughing kookaburras and magical owls displayed in over 50 aviaries.
Birdland also is home to a unique group of King Penguins, whose antics you can observe up-close-and-personal as they cohabit with the comical Humboldt penguins. Spot them swimming underwater through a glass viewing panel and watch them being fed at 11am and 2.30 daily – a must-see highlight of any visit.
Find out more about the birds at one of the talks or feeding displays and meet the keeper for some interactive sessions with the friendly residents. The daily summer holiday programme includes flamingo, penguin and pelican feeds. New for 2014 is the Encounter Zone where visitors can meet giant tortoises, pet rabbits and guinea pigs or come face to face with a snake.
At Birdland’s indoor Discovery Zone, visitors can learn more about other egg-laying creatures such as invertebrates, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Meet recently born chicks at the new Hatchery, currently housing eggs from ducks, quails and chickens. The Hatchery allows children and adults to see up close the rare eggs needing special care and watch the chicks hatching and taking their first steps.
See how many birds and animals you can discover at Marshmouth Nature Reserve, where indigenous creatures from dragonflies, grass snakes, otters and kingfishers have all been spotted.
Finish up at the Flamingo Point Café or choose one of the picnic spots for some serene space to relax and refresh at leisure.