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.
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