One of the Cotswolds’ most popular tourist attractions has been forced to close after two penguins died.

Birdland Park and Gardens has decided to shut for several days following the deaths of two Humboldt penguins.

Investigations are now taking place to determine whether the deaths may be related to Avian flu.

Birdland’s general manager Simon Cox said: “This is a distressing time for all our team and bird keepers who work tirelessly to assure the best welfare and care for all our birds.

“We are very sorry that visitors will be unable to experience a great day out with us and we will be offering alternative dates to visit or refunds to anyone who has booked online.”

Cotswold Journal: Two Humboldt penguins have diedTwo Humboldt penguins have died (Image: Newsquest)

As is standard procedure the deaths will be investigated by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), part of he Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Mr Cox added: “As a precaution following the sad deaths of these two birds we are following APHA guidelines to close our doors to the general public until further notice, so we can rule out Avian Influenza as a possible cause.”

Anyone who has purchased tickets online is asked to contact the guest services team at to make changes to their booking, quoting their reference number.

The park has not yet announced when it will reopen.