Tropical Birdland is located in the village of Desford in West Leicestershire. We're only 10 minutes from Junction 21A (Limited access) off the M1 and are only 15 minutes from junction 22 off the M1 and fully signed from the A50 to our door. We were established in 1982, and have been growing ever since. We are fully Zoo inspected and licenced by DEFRA and the local Environmental Health Dept, and hold a licence to display,breed and sell tropical birds of all species.
Above: Some of the many birds you will see.
Tropical Birdland was started in 1982. When Richard Hopper decided to change his hobby into a business by opening his bird collection to the public. After an initial struggle with the council, Birdland opened its doors to visitors in 1984. With the new source of income the aviaries and gardens were soon expanded along with the introduction of rare species. Hand rearing the offspring of common species along with breeding endangered species became the main goal for Birdland.
Burglaries, vermin and disease problems caused Birdland to struggle through the 1980s and early 1990s; they caused severe and irreparable damage to the breeding birds. With time, dedication and money the problems became controlled.
Tropical Birdlands enthusiasm has now established a wonderful collection of breeding endangered species. All kept in an environment as close as possible as how nature intended them to live.
In recent years we have:
A/ Successfully developed a system, which enabled us to train parrots to fly free and come back to our buildings every night.
B/ By studying them in their wild habitat and discovering the importance of grits and clays. We have developed our diets that we feed, to be as close to what they would find in nature.
C/ Taken under our wing hundreds of problem ex- pet parrots and rehabilitated them into a breeding environment and or free flying environment.
D/ Developed a method of what we believe to be the best way of keeping parrots as pets. We are now trying to implement this to all people who keep or want to keep parrots as pets.
Tropical Birdland will always continue to create the best environment possible for all the birds that are here. We now want to start new and bigger projects but we are asking for
Below: The Early Days.
Here you can see some early photographs or our birdgarden. You will be amazed at how different it looks today. We are always adding and improving. We started with only a few birds in 1982, and we now have over 250.