A wonderful place to spend a morning or afternoon, Birdland is very family friendly, with a childrenâ€™s exploration area to delve into after youâ€™ve made your way around the 50 aviaries and visited the 500+ birds who call the park home.
Birdland keepers share their secrets
As someone who jumps at any opportunity to visit a wildlife park, I was not disappointed. At Birdland you can see that the birds are well cared for and the staff will happily spend time answering your questions and telling you more about the many types of bird youâ€™ll see.
The only place to see King Penguins in England
Birdland is home to a number of Humboldt penguins, and is also the only place you can see King Penguins in England. Thereâ€™s also many different areas to explore including a desert house and hatchery, and if you wander to the back of the park youâ€™ll find your way onto Marshmouth nature reserve, with its 2.5 acre trail through marshland, ponds and meadows. Here youâ€™ve got a good change of coming across kingfishers as well as grass snakes, frogs and toads.
Hold and feed the birds
Thereâ€™s regular feeding sessions you can watch, including penguins and pelicans and every day a keeper will come out with one of the birds to tell you more about them and if youâ€™re lucky, handle one yourself.
Iâ€™ve visited the park several times and as a special treat I also once brought a friend along to take part in one of the penguin feeds as a birthday treat â€“ she loved the chance to get in with the penguins and give them their lunch. It looked so much fun that I keep thinking about paying for myself to have a go too!
Meeting some wonderful characters!
Thereâ€™s some great feathered characters to meet as you wander the park, and our family fell in love with Claude the Cockatoo, a friendly soul who loves to come up to you and get you to give his back a gentle rub through the grating. He was just too sweet!
Birdland is a lovely unassuming place and was surprisingly quiet on our visit. Itâ€™s open all year round and is well worth a trip if youâ€™re visiting the Cotswolds â€“ Whether youâ€™re a kid of just a big kid like me, if you enjoy wildlife itâ€™s a wonderful day out.
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