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“Amazing place to visit!”
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’
Reviewed October 7, 2013

We happened upon Birdland purely by chance, we read a Daily Mail article on one of their King Penguins being the oldest on the world. We just happened to be going to Bristol for my birthday in September and thought the slight detour would be a nice way to break up the journey, not to mention I am a massive fan of penguins.

The roads into Bourton-on-the-Water are a lovely drive and some of the scenery en route was beautiful. Finding Birdland was no problem at all and situated almost next to the entrance is a very spacious car park with clean toilets situated at one end.

Avery short walk from the car park brought us to the entrance of Birdland which from the gate to the admission desk is lovely, a nice stream running through from the front gate through the entire park with pelicans sitting on the banks was a very impressive opener for the day.

Once into the actual park itself it opens up with just an idylic setting, the stream running through, lovely overhanging trees and plenty of birds swimming about. We managed to get to Birdland early on a Friday morning so a lot of the birds were still asleep and there were very few visitors at that point.

one of the first enclosures we came to were the King/Humboldt Penguins, having seen the enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, I can say that Birdlands is a lot better. All enclosures were clean and tidy and the birds looked in very good health and in the case of the Minor Bird in the Discovery centre, in very good voice too!

A little bonus at the far end of the park was a recently developed nature reserve walk, given time i think this part will be amazing, but sadly on a wet Friday morning there was too much to see.

Although our visit was on a wet Friday morning, we had no choice as it was on our way to our main destination, i have no doubts that on a Sunny day Birdland would be a great day place to visit for the family. There was plenty of amenities, a restaurant, toilets and open green spaces for picnics.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, the highlight being the Penguins who you could almost reach out and touch the enclosure was that good. We stayed for about 2.5 hours which without stopping for lunch etc was enough time to see everything. the price of admission is low and provides great value for money. All in all i would recommend Birdland to anyone, couples or families alike, it has something to offer everyone.

Thank bunter007
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

A good day out with plenty to do , we took ourselves a picnic and found lot of seating areas around the park
Is worth a day out if you have little one's with a nice park area , they also have feeding times for certain birds which is good.

Only problem was there were no small food outlets open when we went to get a ice cream ect , but the main eating area was open which were very busy

Will visit again sometime

Thank hoildaylover
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

A pleasant family day out that brought you close to the birds. It was clean, friendly and informative. The birds seemed to like it and so did the visitors. I was suprised to find such a gem in a very crowded tourist village. There was a lot to see and even some woodland walking.
We were only there for three hours, but could have taken a couple more.

Thank Andy P
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

was amazed at how many species of birds they had lovely visit huge area to cover and the food from the Flamingo Cafe was lovely.

Thank kayj74
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

As we were visiting bourton-on-the-water last week we came across birdland whilst walking through the village. We decided to pay the £9 per person as the map looked like there was going to be a lot to do. There was 4adults and an under 3. As we paid we wasn't given any information and had to ask for a park map. As I work front of house for a busy attraction myself I know how important the first impressions are to the customer.
Whilst walking around the park we noticed that each section had the same birds in. We took a picnic with us to save money, we found a nice bench area but no toilets. We looked at the map but even that didn't show where the toilets were. Another lady asked us if we knew where they were, and another family did after her. We were all walking around trying to find them.
After we ate we followed the trails but we turned around in the end as there were no birds to see and all the signage were either torn or wore out. It was just bend laminated posters with one sentence on each one.
We were bored, just wanted to leave but our little girl wanted to go on the park. The park was ok but no swings.
We spent more time having a picnic than we did enjoying the park. I felt very disappointed and would not recommend it to anyone. We spent nearly £40 to do everything that I can do for free at my local park.

2  Thank Andrew E
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Simon B, General Manager at Birdland, responded to this reviewResponded September 26, 2013

I must say I feel very disappointed, by one of the latest reviews that gives Birdland a 1 star rating. Everyone expects and wants a certain amount of constructive criticism that compliments and drives to improve.

We have had some suprerb comments this year and the staff are all tuned to making sure everyone enjoys their visit, with the occasional mistake.

We have over 130 species of bird from King Penguins to Java Sparrows over a 7 acre Park with the River Windrush running through and have been complimented many times for our signage and information given. There is also an extra 2 acres to a fairly recent development of the Marshmouth Nature Reserve and this is exactly what it is a nature reserve where you have to sit and wait for wild creatures to come to you.

Only the other day a visitor said they had visited specifically to see the Kingfishers and had finally managed to see one and get a photograph. Otters, water vole, 60+ species of bird, insects, plants and so much more if you sit and watch.

11.30 Flamingo talk/12.15 Meet a Keeper (a presentation with unusual birds and snakes etc)/2.30 Penguin Feed Time/3.15 Pelican feed time. Once you have purchased your ticket have your hand stamped and leave to visit the village and return later to see any of the presentations.

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