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“Niece and Nephew Favourite”
Review of Birdland

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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“Niece and Nephew Favourite”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

My niece and nephew love this place and always request it on a free day. Pelicans are a favourite and the penguin feeding time is a must. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Holding a season ticket is a good idea if you have little ones or relations that insist on visiting as often as mine!

Visited August 2013
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“much more than expected”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

For a village the size of Bourton, we thought this place was much bigger than we expected it to be. It's certainly not a full day, but easily kept our attention for a good couple of hours. We hung around for the penguin feeding, which was as entertaining as you'd expect, but it was a pleasant enough place to just chill out and enjoy the sunshine with an ice cream. It was also nice to be able to have an underwater view of the penguins. We didn't go in the cafe so can't comment on that, but there was a small children's playground next to it which kept a 5 year old easily entertained. There are plenty of variety of birds and all within easy distance to be able to get a good view of them. All in all, we felt it was value for money and we enjoyed it.

Visited August 2013
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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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“Average, good in places but a bit tired mostly!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

So I'm not a 'birdy' person but went with an open mind.

The park is quite tired in places, signs and cages could do with a bit of TLC, the penguins were amazing but only the next day we found out that they have the oldest one in the UK/World... Perhaps a sign would have been good.

Cafe was a bit pricey for the fare we thought but so is the whole village. An OK time but not a place to spend a whole day.

Visited August 2013
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Worcestershire
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“Underwhelming”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We have paid a number of visits to Birdland over the years but haven't been there for 15 years or so. We were not that impressed today. The Penguins are the highlight of the place ... but we felt even they failed to shine today ... their surroundings seemed rather unkempt, but it is lovely to still be able to get so close to them. We were there too early for feeding time - we might have come back in later to watch but the rather strange idea of having to have our hand stamped if we wanted to come back in later put us off (although given how expensive it is I could see the temptation for people to sell their tickets on otherwise LOL). There are a good selection of birds but we just felt something was missing for us today. The nature reserve was really rather dull - it seemed to be just a trail round a lot of stinging nettles. The loos in the cafe were rather grubby and cramped. Didn't have anything in the cafe itself but it didn't inspire! Perhaps to be fair it is the whole ambience of Bourton that put us off - it seems rather like a sad seaside town in the country, rather than the quaint place we remember. Lots of signs for "fish and chip and a cup of tea" specials ...

Visited August 2013
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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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