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“An ok place for a couple of hours”
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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’
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“An ok place for a couple of hours”
Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

The park it's self isn't very big certainly not a day out place! I think for what it is admission price is fairly high! The birds are kept well and the park is generally clean and tidy, the penguins are great and the feeding talk is very informative! The cafe isn't all that great but if you want to you can return to the park at any time in the day which means you can go to a nearby cafe and return if you wish so. Worth a visit though just don't expect it to be a day out

Visited July 2013
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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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“Very good layout”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed getting up close and personal with the penguins. Try and be there for feeding time 2.30 pm on the day we visited. Lovely setting, well set out and nice to see birds who appeared very relaxed and happy.

Visited August 2013
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Chester, United Kingdom
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“Birds you can actually see”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The birds here are so chilled and relaxed they sleep right at the front of the cages. Nice to see British birds like redshank, ruff, avocet and turtle doves so close. Young wild moorhens just strolled alongside the path - their parents unperturbed by visitors. The owls look at you haughtily from outside their boxes, not peaking out as at some other places I have been. The tea room is nice and good value. The nature reserve is taking shape - perhaps they need to train the water voles to come to apples at a set time of day -.shame the opening hours are 10am to 6pm as they are likely to be sleeping then. Penguin feeding time was enjoyed by the children and the wild herons and black headed gulls that stole some of the sprats. Plenty to see for the price and the time passes by very quickly. Within half a mile of the centre of Bourton. Seniors get in for £6.75 plus a free tea or coffee on a Thursday apparently.

Visited July 2013
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wales
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“Good family visit”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Not the biggest or grandest but very welcoming and friendly and clean. Killed a perfectly pleasant couple of hours with wife and 9 year old. Had a money of voucher so do search for them.

Visited July 2013
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“Worth a vist for the penguins alone!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Approximately £10 entrance fee but good value for money. There's loads to see and you can quite easily spend a couple of hours viewing all the birds. The king penguins are a particular highlight with 13 of them in total. You can get right up close to them. 3pm is feeding time which was interesting to watch. There's a walk you can do around a nature reserve. The food from the cafe didn't look particularly appetising and also looked over priced. Overall well worth a vist.

Visited August 2013
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