One of the finest bird collections in Europe
Everyone is sure to love this 35-hectare reserve at the heart of La Dombes in the Ain region where more than 3,000 birds from all over the world preen their feathers, make nests and sing ! Villars-les-Dombes Bird Park is among the largest in Europe and will soon be the largest in the world. It features more than 300 species spread over 26 areas, each representing a different continent or country. Visit the Savannah or the Australian Bush before venturing into a bamboo maze. Birds live here in their reconstituted natural environment. Even the most fragile and threatened of species find a haven of peace here, illustrated by 500 baby birds hatching every year. A great place to visit with family or friends. An awesome experience and a real change of scene !
One of the most remarkable areas is the lory aviary, a 700m² enclosure where visitors can enjoy spending time with these small, brightly-coloured tree parrots which are hyperactive, playful and hungry ! They come to perch on your arm when you hold out a little cup of pollen (on sale at the aviary entrance), much to the delight of children.
But before that, climb up the 27-metre panoramic tower to get a wonderful view not just of the park, birds and lakes, but also the whole of La Dombes region with the hills of Beaujolais in the distance. Please note that the number of visitors in the tower at any one time is limited so sometimes you may have to wait.
Don’t forget to stop at the humming bird zone, the only one of its kind in Europe. Considered to be the greatest aerial acrobat of the animal kingdom, the humming bird is a strange bird. Did you know that it uses ten times more energy than insects and that it needs to gather its weight in nectar every day in order to survive ! A truly gourmet experience…
Feeding all 3,000 birds is a daily task which visitors can share. Feeding times are scheduled throughout the day in the main areas of the park. Children are invited to help. This is just one of the many activities for children organized at the park, notably at Easter and Halloween, which include workshops, treasure hunts, face-painting, drawing competitions, a bird migration game and a witches’ meal – don’t miss them !