We’re soon coming up to the half term holiday, and the Flamingo Land zoo will be opening its doors every day from February 15 to 23. Our education team is hard at work preparing free activities for our visitors to take part in, and this week we’ll be focusing on our feathered friends!
With winter in almost full swing, the amount of wildlife you are able to see when out and about may be somewhat limited.
Luckily, birds can be seen all year round, and some, such as robins, fieldfares and pink-footed geese, are only found here in winter as they migrate from colder areas. Despite our relatively mild climate and their thick layers of down feathers, winter can be a tricky time for birds, with frozen ground and iced-over lakes making it difficult to find food. This is where you come in! Birds require high-energy foods during the cold weather to build up their fat reserves, allowing them to survive the frosty nights. Fat balls and whole nuts are excellent, but you don’t necessarily need to buy special bird food – leftovers like cake and bread crumbs, spoiled fruit and grated cheese are great too.
There’s also no need to buy an expensive bird feeder! Pop into the Education Centre, where we’ll be demonstrating how to make simple feeders from recycled materials. We’ll also have information and plans for building your own nest boxes for small birds, for the more practically-minded among you!
To coincide with our bird week, we’ll be holding a range of activities around the zoo, including bird arts and crafts, and trails for you to track down all of the exotic birds we look after here.
The early birds among you can even come along to our penguin talk at 11am to watch them being fed by their keeper! With around 30 of our own nest boxes installed across the resort, Flamingo Land is also home to thousands of native birds. It can actually be fairly tricky sometimes to guess which birds are wild and which are not – our stork enclosure, for example, is often visited by a wild grey heron! Why not pick up an identification chart from the Education Centre and see what you can spot?