The Kingfisher Trail, is a leisure and tourism initiative taking place across the Cotswolds region this year. Launching in spring and running into early autumn, it aims to provide residents and visitors alike with an accessible and free outdoor activity.
Organised by leading conservation organisation Cotswolds National Landscape, The Kingfisher Trail will encourage people to explore an accessible public art trail, made up of giant artist designed kingfisher sculptures throughout the Cotswolds region. It will also provide a way for people to connect with nature and the great outdoors in 2021, using two routes inspired by tributaries of the Severn and Thames rivers.
Cotswolds National Landscape has appointed 21 talented local artists to design and decorate each of the giant sculptures and is now on the look-out to secure host venues and locations for all of the large-scale kingfisher models.
Twenty of the models will be positioned at well-known attractions and destinations, whilst the 21st model is the Flying Kingfisher, which will be in a new location every two weeks for the duration of the Trail.
The Severn Trail is almost complete with an range of host venues and destinations taking part, including Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Sudeley Castle and Stroud Town Council in the west of the region, whilst in the east of the region Tetbury Town Council and Relish Catering are hosts.
Gary Haseley-Nejrup, General Manager at Slimbridge Wetland Centre commented:
“We are delighted to host a Kingfisher model, particularly as Slimbridge Wetland Centre sits on the edge of the estuary of the River Severn and is home to a family of kingfishers in our wetlands.”
Work is ongoing to develop a new app to promote each of the 21 kingfishers and their host locations, alongside a printed guide to help trail users navigate the complete trail and visit each of the host venues, along both the Severn and Thames routes.
The models will be auctioned to the public in October, with sale proceeds contributing to the sustainable conservation and education across the Cotswolds National Landscape.
The Kingfisher trail still requires seven venues to host the Kingfisher models, could your venue or attraction be one of them? For more details and to get involved visit – www.kingfishertrail.org