Bird Flu

APHA Veterinary Officers have now completed their investigations at the park following the confirmation of avian influenza and the park is now re-open to the public. We appreciate that you may have a few questions so we’ve put together some FAQs to give you more¬†information- if you have any questions not covered here please get in touch with us at info@pensthorpe.com or by calling 01328 851465.

Yes. We have been working with leading officials at Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to ensure that the park is safe for our staff and visitors. Following the Avian Influenza Protection Zone (AIPZ) declared in November our collection birds were taken off display and closely monitored by our team which allowed us to respond so quickly to a change in behaviour. As the health of our birds is of vital importance to us, we will continue to have our collection birds under cover and off display as they have been since November until the AIPZ is lifted.

Everything! The reserve, gardens, Hootz House, WildRootz, our shop, cafe and Discovery Centre will be open as usual.

Yes! Our nature reserve is a haven for many species of birds as well as other wildlife. Try to spot all 3 species of Egret and the returning flock of barnacle geese.

We removed the sale of bird feed in our shop as soon as the AIPZ was declared in November; duck feed will continue to be off sale until the protection zone is lifted.

The Flamingo and cranes are currently off show but hopefully will be out again soon.

This strain of bird flu is not harmful to humans.

The Jewson Bridge and worm slide are closed for the time being due to essential maintenance work.

Yes! February half-term is going ahead as planned! One of our points on the trail (number 2, ironically!) has had to be moved from its location on the map, but you can find it by number 3!

For February half term we highly recommend booking tickets for our park at Hootz House in advance to avoid any disappointment. You can book tickets on our website.