Birdland is delighted to be able to welcome visitors back in line with government guidance.
The health and safety of all our visitors and staff is of utmost importance to us and we have introduced some additional measures to ensure social distancing can be maintained including setting restrictions on daily admissions, pausing all keeper talks and feeding displays and closing indoor attractions.
Two hour timed tickets will need to be pre-booked in advance on the website.
For more information on all the steps we’re taking to ensure the safety of our visitors and to see what attractions will be open, please click here: https://www.birdland.co.uk/birdland-reveals-re-opening-plans/
Birdland was first established in 1957 and was sited in the centre of Bourton. The current location was a trout farm and prior to that a Poplar Tree plantation There are still over 150 trees which create a high canopy for the River Windrush and enclosure.
Birdland is a natural setting inhabited by 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.
This has also encouraged us to look at indigenous species that visit or live at Birdland including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. We aim to improve the habitat and to produce information for our visitors.
Many of the species are now part of active breeding programmes controlled by studbooks in co-operation with European and International organisations. Birdland are members of the Federation of Zoos of Great Britain and Ireland and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria.
The Discovery Zone
The Discovery Zone is an indoor dry area with various themes to investigate. There is a soft play and seating area, and two display areas. One relates to the story about eggs & examples of all classes of animals from insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals; the other explains ‘ What is a Bird’.
Park & Gardens
The Park & Gardens covers around 7 acres 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.
Marshmouth Nature Reserve
The Marshmouth Nature Reserve is an area of 2.5 acres that had always been an eyesore attached to the side of Birdland and over the years had been a builder’s dump site. It has also been discarded as waste ground, but when attention was paid to the area it was found to be a haven for wildlife and the dream of a nature trail was born.
You can be engulfed in the calm environment of marshland, ponds, meadow, copse and views over the River Windrush where the Kingfisher is regularly seen. We have documented over 50 species of bird, along with frogs, toads, grass snakes, beetles to dragonflies and several species of mammal. There are also hundreds of species of plants from Marsh Marigolds to Alder trees.
The area obviously needs to mature, but we hope you will enjoy this secluded haven to be enjoyed by all ages from pond dipping for school children to a quite seat for contemplation in a small slice of the untouched Cotswolds.
The area is also home now to the Jurassic Journey – Follow the Ranger’s trail - Armed with special dinosaur tracker kits, visitors will be able to venture in to a Jurassic-themed
landscape which is home to more than 30 different dinosaurs ranging from a metre-long baby stegosaurus to giant triceratops which grew to more than seven metres in length.
Brachiosaurus, Spinosaurus, Postosuchus, Velociraptor, Dilophosaurus, Pteranodon, Tyrannosaurus and many more.
Visitors will also be able to spot giant dinosaur eggs along with complete dinosaur skeletons in the inside Dino Dig.
As well as providing an exciting new attraction for visitors, the ‘Jurassic Journey’ trail is also a reminder that today’s bird species are directly descended from dinosaurs.
A selection of living birds are included in the trail and, as if to welcome their distant ancestors, a group of ratites has just begun laying eggs.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£10.95 per ticket|
|Age 3-15 (Under 3s free)||£7.95 per ticket|
|Carer||£3.00 per ticket|
|Senior/Student||£9.95 per ticket|
Please note there is a 10% reduction for tickets booked online in advance
- Visit Britain We're Good to Go 2020
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Childrens Play Area
- On-Site café/restaurant - Coffee shop serving hot and cold snacks.
- Picnic Site
- Conference facilities
- Dog Friendly
- Dogs Accepted - On leads only
- Open All Year
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- In countryside
- Max group size - 200
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- Parking (charge)
- Delta accepted
- JCB accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 10
- Special group rates
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Groups Accepted
|Open New Year|
|Low Season (1 Nov 2020 - 31 Mar 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 16:00*|
|High Season (1 Apr 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00*|
* Closed Christmas Day. Last admission one hour before closing.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
Road DirectionsSituated in the village of Bourton-on-the-Water. Bourton is on the A429 midway between Cirencester and Stratford-upon Avon.
Public Transport Directions801 bus from Cheltenham, Moreton-in-Marsh and Stow-on-the-Wold.
855 bus from Moreton-in-Marsh, Cirencester.
Nearest rail station - Moreton-in-Marsh/Kingham
- Birdland video