The Cotswolds and the Heart of England region contain an abundance of wildlife, and there are a number of tourist attractions that showcase this wide variety, in different environments and habitats. The list below is a small sample to give you a flavour for the wide range of wildlife places that are available.
Further information is available from Tourist Information centres, which are located in the major towns in the region.
- Birdland – Park & Gardens, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2BN (www.birdland.co.uk): A natural setting of woodland, river and gardens inhabited by over 500 birds; flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes in various water habitats. Over 50 aviaries of parrots, hornbills, toucans and many more. Discovery Zone (indoor education area) and Marshmouth Reserve (2.5 acre nature reserve). Take time to wander and relax in this tranquil environment. Plus Penguin Café, picnic areas, play area and gift shop. The only group of King Penguins in England;
- Cotswold Falconry Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AB (www.cotswold-falconry.co.uk): Eagles, hawks, kites, owls, vultures and falcons are flown throughout the day giving you a chance to appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. You can enjoy these wonderful birds and think positively about their conservation;
- Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power GL54 5UG (www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Countryfile, this is a rare farm treat for all the family, offering the chance to meet over 50 breeding flocks and herds of farm animals. Seasonal demonstrations, adventure playground, Touch Barn, Fun Barn, Maze Quest and Jumping Pillows. Gift shop and Cotswold Kitchen;
- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, Burford OX18 4JW (www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk): The Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and is an attraction for all members of the family. There are over 250 species of animals from Leaf-cutting ants to White rhinos; giraffes were a major addition in 2010. You can walk with lemurs in the Madagascar enclosure, ride on the train and be inspired by the beautiful landscaping and seasonal displays throughout the Park;
- Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW (www.longleat.co.uk): As featured on BBC’s Animal Park, Longleat is a “must do” for visitors of all ages! From Safari Park to Safari Boats, Hedge Maze to Adventure Castle and so much more;
- Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Slimbridge GL2 7BT (www.wwt.org.uk): WWT Slimbridge has birds from across the world, some of which are tame enough to feed from your hand, or you can watch wild birds being fed in their thousands at a wild bird feed. During the summer months, pick up a paddle and step into a canoe for a wonderful wetland adventure;
- Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, CV9 3PX (www.twycrosszoo.org): Now in business for half a century, having evolved from a comparatively small collection to become one of Britain's major Zoos, with over 1,000 animals, plus children's activities and keeper talks.