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Rissington Rd Bourton-on-the-Water Gloucestershire England
Welcome to Birdland. Established in 1957, (previously a trout farm and prior to that a Poplar Tree plantation) Birdland is located in the heart of Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Birdland is a natural setting inhabited by over 500 birds from around the world, including the only King Penguins in England and over 50 aviaries of parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, toucans, touracos, pigeons, ibis and many more. Tropical, Desert and Toucan Houses are home to the more delicate species. The Birds: We house over 500 birds. Flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes, storks, cassowary, and waterfowl can be seen on various aspects of the water habitat. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, toucans, touracos, pigeons, ibis and many more. Tropical, Desert and Toucan Houses are home to the more delicate species. Home to the only King Penguins to be found in England, Wales and Ireland. Penguins- We house 2 species, King Penguin and Humbold Penguin. There are 17 species of penguin another group of flightless birds designed for speed in water rather than the air. Park and Gardens: Covering about 7 acres the whole landscape has been developed around the River Windrush and the 150 Poplar trees. We are being assisted by the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to re-establish reeds around various aspects of the water habitat to protect the banks from erosion and to encourage wildlife. A new grounds man is now actively working his way through the Park looking at all aspects from wildflowers to evergreen screening for the birds or to isolate picnic areas, of which we have four. Planting will be an ongoing process that we hope all will enjoy. Desert House: This is another habitat situation with very sparse planting where we keep birds that live in or near arid conditions. It is not a walk through area like the tropical house, but is viewed from one end where 9 or 10 different species of bird can be viewed. Ranging from the Desert finch to the Carmine Bee-Eater. Tropical House: This is an area where we keep birds in a near natural habitat and is once again an area that needs plenty of attention. The house is heated to attend to more delicate plants and birds. If you walk straight through, you are unlikely to see anything. You have to treat it like a copse where you can sit still and you will see activity from many birds at all levels, and of course use your ears to hear their different sounds. There are 10 species on view at present, though that will be increased in the near future. Toucan House: This was the temperate house, but we needed indoor space for the Toucans and related birds, so this area was converted. We have two species of toucan and related Barbets. Once again this is viewed from one side and about 10 species of bird can be viewed. The Gift Shop: We have hundreds of natural inspired gift items, from cuddly Penguins to Educational books, here are just some of our favourites. Penguin Cafe: The Penguin Cafe is only open at the weekends during winter ( Nov – Mar). Coffee etc is still available in the Gift Shop during the closed period. We serve a selection of hot and cold snacks, cakes and beverages. We have seating inside and two outdoor seating areas and there are also three picnic areas. There are toilets inside the cafe, disabled toilets and baby changing rooms.
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