Harewood Bird Garden is home to exotic species of birds housed in sympathetic surroundings. Many of the birds are classed as near threatened, vulnerable, endangered & critically threatened in the wild in the IUCN listings. Others are classed as lower concern in the wild, which still means there is concern over their future safety, or even that there is very little known about their numbers or status in the wild.
You'll see Penguins, Flamingos, Owls, Macaws and Cranes to name a few. Visitors can wander through gardens past aviaries and enclosures which are home to birds from Africa, the Americas, Australasia and Indo-China. Read the labels that give fun facts about the birds and tell you about where they came from, their habitat, diet and behaviour.
The video on this page shows one of our female penguins who is currenlty looking after an egg on the nest, we're hopeful that the Penguin family at Harewood will grow shortly but we'll wait and see!
The sloping site offers magnificent views across the lake and visitors are able to view the many species of waterfowl that naturally congregate on the water as well as the many Red Kites flying above.
You can also take a look at the busy life of bees in our Observation Beehive. Our bee colony are installed in the observation hive each year in summer (weather dependent!) - take a look at the busy life of bees, and if you spot the Queen you can collect your own sticker from the Information Centre to say 'I've seen the Queen!'.
Our links with several conservation groups, such as the World Own Trust, Yorkshire Swan Rescue Centre, West Yorkshire Bat Group, World Pheasant Association, Yorkshire Red Kites, World Parrot Trust, Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers' Association, Centre for the Humbolt Penguin, and BIAZA, mean we are also involved with several conservation projects and strategies around the world as well as in the UK.
Why not join the Bird Adoption Scheme? You can adopt a bird as a special and unusual gift - its a great way of personally supporting our conservation work. You will find full details on our Bird Adoption pages. The Bird Garden Guide lists all our current resident species.
Would you like to help the Bird Garden Keepers to feed the Penguins?
Penguin Feeding takes place daily at 2pm, costs just £10 and can be booked through the Harewood Information Centre on 0113 218 1000. Suitable for ages 10 years old and above, please enquire at the Information Centre.
Red Kites were released on the Harewood Estate in 1999 as part of a UK conservation initiative. Join us at our Love Nature event each February half term to find out more about these incredibly striking birds.