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“Don't be put off by the name”
Review of Birdland

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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’
Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Don't be put off by the name”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Don't, like me, be put off by the name of the place, it's actually a really good attraction in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water. There are some fabulous displays and the King Penguin tanks gives a really "up close" experience that you wont find in many places.
This is probably a couple of hour visit, rather than a day trip.

Visited October 2012
Thank Chris L
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Orlando, Florida
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Went with my boys they loved it, well worth the money and a most enjoyable day out i real must for families

Visited May 2012
Thank Steve S
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Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The Penguins are Brilliant”
Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Visited here on a wet day whilst staying in Bourton. This place is on the edge of the town but a pleasant walk anyway.

We were not expecting too much but had some time to spare and were pleasantly surprised.

Birdland is a real gem. The park is really nicely laid out and landscaped. It feels airy and there is something to see at every turn. The visitor information is really informative and accessible. The caged areas are also well planned.

The real stars of the park were the penguins... You can get very close and the whole layout for their enclosure means that there are good views from all sides - including the pool. Absolutely superb.

A good place to spend two or three hours - even if the weather isn't great.

Thank The_Busters
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
40 attraction reviews
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“Might be biased because I love penguins..”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Ahhh I didn't even care about all the other birds, the penguins alone are worth the visit, we got the see the feeding and the keeper was very informative, chatted about the penguins for about 45 minutes and was very humorous and entertaining with it. The penguins wear different colour bands so we can tell them apart with their names as visitors. Lovely visit! Never been so close to penguins before :)

Visited January 2013
Thank Alexandra J
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

No matter if you like birds or not, you have to visit this place. At the very least, to see penguins as close as you will ever get to them unless you join the BCC crew on yet another Frozen Planet set. Other birds were cool and probably used to seeing tourists, so quite friendly. Parrots were posing for pictures all the way. Definitely worth a visit.

Visited January 2013
Thank kukunder
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