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“Really interested” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Birdland

Rissington Rd, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN, England
01451 820480
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: Birdland is a natural setting of woodland, river and gardens, which is inhabited byover 500 birds ( swans, pelicans, flamingos, hornbills, cranes, storks, cassowary, pigeons, owls and many more) with the only group of King Penguins in England, Wales and Ireland. More than 50 aviaries, open enclosures and a Desert House and you will also see a display of fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects in the Discovery Zone There is the Penguin Café, indoor and outdoor Picnic areas, an indoor and outdoor play areas, Gift Shop and much more.There are several new aviaries and more to be built which will allow for some new species of bird to be seen in the future.We have just added another 2.5 acres to the site and have developed a nature trail area called ‘Marshmouth Nature Reserve’. The area is a maze of paths and copses with marshland and ponds and views over the Windrush River that will develop over the next few years. This will be a chance for you to immerse yourself in a small area of the Cotswold countryside where you can see many species from a dragonfly to a kingfisher. We have the support of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and their early surveys have already acknowledged the presence of Otter and Water Vole on the site with over 60 species of bird recorded and hundreds of plant and insect species.The Discovery Zone offers a dry area to explain the Life Cycle of the Egg and the Life of Birds, seating and soft play area. We also have ‘Trigg Hall’ our new Conference/classroom/lecture theatre facility which will expand our educational facilities for schools, the visitor experience and small business conferences. For more details please contact us. The Encounter Zone is where visitors are able to get up close and personal with many animals from spiders and snakes to chinchillas and eagle owls.Many events planned each year including ‘Bird of Prey Encounters’, ’, ‘Meet a Keeper’ , Summer Trail, evening experiences like ‘Owl Night’, ‘Parrot Night’ and much more. Please look at our website for further details.This also includes daily Penguin Talk, Meet the Pelicans and soon Flamingo Talk.Easter and Summer Quiz trails and the Nature Reserve Warden’s Quiz and please contact us for any group and School visit requirements.Family Ticket, Season Ticket, Bird Adoption and Educational sheets.Arrange ‘Keeper for the Day’ or ‘Feed a Penguin’Newsletter ‘Pelican Notes’
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Really interested”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Could of watched the penguins all day,
Didn't realise how big it was kept on finding more birds!
The Emus were really funny as well

Visited July 2014
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Lovely location in Burton on the water, set around a natural river so birds like the Pelicans can eat trout from the river. Very interesting and informative talks feeding the penguins, flamingos and pelicans. Largest colony of King Penguins in England. Lovely to see lots of birds uncaged. You are able to go in and out if you want to but there are adequate toilets and a reasonably priced cafe. Several picnic areas if you want to take your own food. Dogs admitted on leads, play area for kids.Easy access ideal for wheelchairs and buggies.

Visited July 2014
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Kendal, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Land of the depressed pigeon.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

If your idea of fun is staring into aviaries sparsely filled with depressed looking birds of which only 50% of each type is actually named, then this is the place for you. If you are excited by penguins who show a clear dislike of water and finches that huddle up in the corner looking like they've been whipped then then go there. However if you think that £37 for 3 adults and 2 children (3 & 7 yrs) to play guess the bird is a bit of a rip off then steer clear of Birdhell. Maybe today was just a bad day to visit...

Visited July 2014
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Stoke Poges, United Kingdom
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59 attraction reviews
Reviews in 70 cities Reviews in 70 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I decided to try Birdland as I had some time to spare on my way to a meeting. It was good value, I think I paid £8.95. The birds were well housed and looked after and information panels identified the species and told you something anout the birds as well. There was a wildlife area at the back but I did not have time to explore this. I had lunch in the cafeteria which was operated by a couple of pleasant people. The menu was basic and could do with going slightly upmarket, but the place was clean and the toilets were in good order. The penguins were the highlight of the attraction. The shop at the exit seemed to cater to the family market with lots of stuffed birds and toys etc. Suitable for wheelchair users. Overall, worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
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Frinton on Sea
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Dog friendly bird park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

A wonderland selection of birds in a delightful setting. As an added bonus, you can take your dog with you (on a lead). The birds appear to be very well cared for and the settings are as natural as you could make them.

Visited June 2014
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