Exploring Birdworld

June 16, 2014

Located in Surrey, Birdworld Park and Gardens are also home to the Jenny Wren Farm and Underwater World. Having stocked up on bird and duck food, our first stop was the penguin feeding. There are two species at Birdworld – the Humboldt penguins and the African penguins. We arrived just in time to see the latter being fed at Penguin Beach.

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Afterwards we embarked on some feeding of our own which POD adored. Although apprehensive with the birds initially, she had a raft of ducks head towards her – even the black swans didn’t phase her.

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POD wanted to see the fish before we checked out all the birds so we headed to Underwater World (located near the entrance of Birdworld). En route we passed many interesting looking birds like these rather spectacular pigeons

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and a stand of flamingoes.

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POD was in her element at Underwater World. There were stools available for younger children so she had a great view throughout.

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She was a little taken aback when she first saw a catfish but quickly realised it couldn’t catch her!

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There are over 30 exhibits at Underwater World from fish to crustaceans, amphibians and reptiles. POD liked these stripey yellow fish

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plus of course Nemo and Dory! I lost track how many times she said “what is that?”

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although when we saw a crocodile it became “Mummy is that crocodile real?”. POD realised it was when it moved!

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In the undercover Temperate House, POD embarked on a little dancing to the background music while checking out the owls. Even though she’d been told about birds flying around above her, it came as a bit of surprise. There was much pointing – at the birds flying overhead then at the fish below.

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One of the single largest aviaries at Birdworld is Parrots in Flight. Housing species from all over the world, the aviary allows the birds a huge free flight space to stretch their wings. POD thought they were the funniest of birds, we stood and watched their amusing antics for a good few minutes. It was great to see them swooping in the outdoor flying display too.

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We also checked out Outback Landing which is a walk-though aviary with parrots, finches and other small birds. Along the small parrot walk we found aviaries with the smaller parrot species, brightly coloured with shrill calls.

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It was glorious at that point so we had a quick stop for a lolly – and a few magic spells!

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There are lots of hornbills and toucans at Birdworld but there’s a large group of them in the Hornbill Block. Our favourite was the Toco Toucan although we didn’t get too close!

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The Crescent aviaries offer brightly coloured alternatives to the kinds of birds you’d normally find in your garden like starlings and thrushes. As you can see they’re quite unusual.

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Around Birdworld are paddocks for the larger birds – such as great bustards, storks and emus. They can be viewed from the shelters which is a great way to see them in their own habitat. This little fella trundled over to say hello whilst chomping on a snack.

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The owls kept an eye on us as we observed them. Looking back it probably wasn’t a good idea to tell POD they could turn their head all the way round. She was really disappointed I couldn’t do the same. We missed the owl prowl feeding but we must catch that on our next visit – and the Safari Road Train!

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The Jenny Wren Farm is located at the far end of Birdworld. There’s a great collection of animals including sheep, pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys, guinea pigs, rabbits, reindeer and these wonderful creatures.

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After checking out the children’s play area, we headed over to Animal Encounters. This provides children with the opportunity to handle small animals. POD was handed a mouse but she wasn’t very keen on holding it! She loved the rabbits and guinea pigs though, especially when she got to feed and brush them!

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The Jenny Wren farm is fabulous at this time of year, the goats especially had been particularly busy.

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POD loved spending time in a pen with the kids – great hearing her chat to them as well. She’d insisted on wearing a party dress too, not the usual attire for a farm! Seeing the kids was the perfect end to a great visit.

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  • The Reading Residence June 16, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I love POD’s party dress and her determination to wear it! It looks like a lovely place to visit. I’m always drawn to the penguins, as I find them totally fascinating – you’ve a great shot of one there x

  • Jenny June 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Ahhhh Charly these look amazing! The place sounds like a great day out for families. I wish we had more places like this near us. I love that pod wanted to wear a party dress to the farm. that’s hilarious and so cute. You really do capture amazing photos and moments. I love your posts. These are lovely. Thanks for hosting my dear.

  • YouBabyMeMummy June 16, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh I want to go there now, don’t think it is far from us. Amazing pictures, I love Flamingos, but I think I love the kid in the skip more, how cute x

  • Iona@redpeffer June 16, 2014 at 10:11 am

    What a wonderful place to visit and some great photos too 🙂

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) June 16, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Wow what a great place, with such a wide variety of animals! Beautiful shots as always too and sounds like you had a wonderful time 😉 xx #whatsthestory

  • Mammasaurus June 16, 2014 at 10:52 am

    LOVE ! Oh that last photo made me ‘ahhh’ out loud. Such fab shots Cahrly – I’ll have to show Kitty Nemo later when she gets home – she keeps asking me to show her ‘Poppys blog’ (sorry!)

  • Notmyyearoff June 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    I’m always a bit nervous of swans. They look beautiful but I always wonder if one would just nip if it felt a bit irked. I would have loved the penguins though and little Z loves fish. Lovely photos x

  • Dean June 16, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Love the first photo, such a great capture! 🙂

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  • Coombemill June 16, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Wonderful photos of everything there. I am very jealous of that peacock photo, I keep trying to capture a good one like that of our chap and he is not keen to oblige!

  • Wicked World of Lucas June 16, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Every week I look forward to your post as you always seem to have the most amazing time and your photos are beautiful xx #whatsthestory

  • sarah June 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    ah how cute is that bunny!! i have had a number of my kids who would choose that sort of attire too! hah

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) June 17, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    I just have to ask how to take photos of aquariums. Mine always show the glass =(

    This is an amazing place and looks like you had a fab time with your photos as proof! #whatsthestory

  • older mum in a muddle June 17, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    You’ve out done yourself. These photographs are incredible – the colours are amazing. And just love the owl. Really amazing! X

  • Sophie Lovett June 17, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    This place looks fantastic! Arthur loves birds, and from your gorgeous pics it looks like there’s quite an impressive selection… Worth a trip up to Surrey I reckon! x

  • Jess Paterson June 17, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I love that picture of the fierce-looking owl! Another gorgeous set of photos and great tip for a place to visit over the summer hols! Looking forward so much to meeting you at BritMums! x

  • Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault June 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I never visited Birdworld when in the UK despite driving past the signs to it many times. I may have to rectify that when I am next in this part of the world – it looks brilliant. And my favourite picture just has to be that snoozing pig in the top gallery!

  • Helen C June 18, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Birdworld looks great, we’re hoping to go in the next few weeks, really looking forward to it! Stunning photos, especially the peacock.

  • Louise June 22, 2014 at 9:01 am

    This brought back a lot of childhood memories for me as I grew up fairly close to Birdworld and went there a few times as a little girl. POD looks like she is having such a lovely day and enjoying it all and your photos are absolutely beautiful.