Birdworld, Surrey

Oli Fry

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Has anyone been there recently and is it any good? I might take my daughter on Saturday...although it's all about me really.
 

dianaT

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We went there a few times years ago when the Harvey family first opened it , back then there were free flying Macaws including Hyacinths ! Absolutely lovely days we had there, in due course we also attended various parrot courses they held, but no idea what it is like now. I would love to know.
 

Oli Fry

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Thanks Diana. I'll let you know after I've visited. The only negative factor right now is the weather forecast....
 

Oli Fry

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Finally visited today, with my daughter. Generally, I was impressed. There are some lovely birds there and some excellent aviaries. Lots of LSCs and citron crests in large flights as they now seem to be partly specialising in these endangered birds. It was great to meet a lovely tame pair of yellow napes and a huge mollucan, as well as a bunch of hill mynahs. There are some interesting lories, caiques, goffins etc. My one criticism is that some (not all) of the parrot enclosures seem to lack much shelter from the elements, in contrast to the really impressive housing for the large collection of softbills, hornbills and other birds. I've seen this in a few other places, including the Amazonas zoo in Norfolk, and find it very odd. Surely it doesn't cost much to at least put up some decent screening to keep out the wind and rain. Personally I think all parrot aviaries should include fully-enclosed shelters. Overall though, well worth visiting if you are in SE England.
 

Oli Fry

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Indeed, if any members fancy meeting up there one day later this summer, that might be fun.
 

dianaT

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Shame we now live in Pembrokeshire so much too far to come to now.
If you have any concerns re shelter for some of the aviaries, just have a chat to the keepers.
 

Sauropod8

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I went to Birdworld this week for my birthday 😊 it was a nice few hours out!
Personally I enjoyed their owls the most, I was sad they weren't doing any displays at the moment. They have lots of different birds, its not just parrots. Flamingoes, penguins, pelicans, kookaburra, exotic doves, starlings, magpies etc etc. They do have a fair few cockatoos and lorikeets. There's a little farm bit at the top with chickens, ducks, goats and sheep.

Worth a visit but I wouldnt say it is a whole day out as we went round twice in a few hours.

The Lincs Wildlife Park (formerly Parrot Zoo) was a good day out if youre over in the east.
 
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