Wildlife-inspired trail launches to celebrate the start of summer


The Kingfisher Trail is a new outdoor experience for the Cotswolds which launched on May 31.

The trail features 20 large scale artist-designed kingfisher sculptures, hosted at hand-picked locations throughout the region. There will also be an extra Flying Kingfisher which will be located at a new location every two weeks, and finally a 22nd sculpture aptly named the Golden Kingfisher, which is part of a new prize draw competition, with tickets available from the trail organisers, Cotswolds National Landscape.

You can find out more about how to visit the Kingfisher Trail by visiting www.kingfishertrail.org. The kingfishers will be hosted at a range of places, from historic castles to market towns, and nature reserves to cosy cafes. All the models have been designed and decorated by the dedicated group of artists. Each kingfisher is unique, with themes close to the artists’ hearts, including nature and wildlife, climate change, people and places special to them, and of course the Cotswolds National Landscape.

Andy Parsons from Cotswolds National Landscape commented: “The new Kingfisher Trail is a leisurely way to explore the Cotswolds, seeking out all of the beautiful sculptures, hosted at a fantastic variety of destinations throughout the area and beyond.

“By showcasing the glorious waterways, historic towns, and lush green countryside of our beloved Cotswolds region, we are inviting people to search for each and every one of the sculptures in this crown of 22 kingfishers. Take the trail, explore corners of the Cotswolds, and escape the everyday, from May all the way through to October.”