What a hoot! Birdworld celebrates the opening of its Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament

Posted: 25th July, 2017

In the spring, Birdworld has launched its brand new exhibit, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament. Opened right before the start of the Easter Holidays, the impressive new exhibit has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust (WOT) with the  aim to educate and raise awareness for for the amazing owl species.

The beautifully crafted display has been named in honour of the award winning author, Sir Terry Pratchett due to his well-known love of wildlife and in particular, all species of owl. The Owl Parliament has been created both as a satellite of the Trust’s collection and to recognise Sir Terry’s passion for these mysterious birds of prey. Many of the elements of this exhibit have been carefully designed to incorporate his fantasy novels of Discworld.

Already one of the largest bird parks in the country, Birdworld has 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens which are home to over 800 individuals and 180 bird species from around the world. The park also is home to the Underwater World aquarium and the Jenny Wren Farm.

As well as showcasing a wonderment and diversity of owls from the snowy owl to the wise long-eared owl, the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament is an interactive space where visitors can learn fascinating facts about Strigiformes - the order in which owls belong.

Visitors familiar with the popular Discworld novels, will be able to easily recognise a number of the references but with the unique stylizing of these avairies, everyone exploring the exhibit will be drawn into the mythical and wonderful world of Sir Terry Pratchett.

For the most avid of owl fans, Birdworld also offers the unique opportunity to join the keepers with an owl handling experience. The lucky participants will be given the chance to get upclose and personal with the park’s owls as well as receiving a memento as a reminder of their day.

Mark Anderson, Birdworld Manager, commented: “We’re very excited to reveal our brand new Owl Parliament. It will feature a whole host of owl species, many of which are threatened with the loss of habitat in the wild.

 “We’re extremely proud to be able to showcase such extraordinary avian life and allow our visitors to immerse themselves in the mysterious world of Terry Pratchett. We look forward to welcoming visitors from the South East and beyond to Birdworld this Spring to experience the Owl Parliament for themselves!”

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