New owl parliament is set to woo visitors
Birdworld adds attraction, to whit the Terry Pratchett owl exhibit
The impressive new exhibit at Farnham’s muchloved Birdworld attraction has been created in collaboration with the World Owl Trust in a bid to educate and raise awareness of the birds.
The special display honours award-winning author Sir Terry who had a well-known love of wildlife and in particular, owls.
Birdworld manager Mark Anderson said: “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 to Birdworld this spring to experience the Owl Parliament for themselves.”
The attraction has been created as a satellite of the trust’s collection and to recognise Sir Terry’s passion for the mysterious birds of prey.
Many of the elements of the exhibit have been carefully designed to incorporate elements of his Discworld fantasy novels.
Already one of the largest bird parks in the country, the 26 acres of landscaped park and gardens at Birdworld are home to more than 800 birds and 180 species from around the world.
Birdworld is also home to the Underwater World aquarium and the Jenny Wren Farm.
As well as showcasing the wonderment and diversity of owls – from the magical snowy owl to the reputedly wise long-eared owl – the Terry Pratchett Owl Parliament will be an interactive space where visitors can learn fascinating facts about Strigiformes – the order to which owls belong.
Visitors familiar with the popular Discworld novels will be able to recognise a number of references at the new exhibit and with the unique stylising of the aviaries, everyone exploring the parliament will be drawn into the mythical and wonderful world of Sir Terry.
For the most avid of owl fans, the attraction also offers a chance to join the keepers with a Birdworld owl-handling experience.
Participants will be given the chance to get up close with the owls and receive a memento of their day.