Celebrating our waterways and wildlife…the Kingfisher Trail 2021
The Kingfisher Trail – the newest outdoor experience for the Cotswolds in 2021, launched on 31st May – to herald the start of summer. Everyone living in and visiting the region can enjoy this new and accessible covid-secure activity, running along two distinct routes inspired by the rivers Severn and Thames. In the west, the Severn Trail will follow the tributaries of the River Severn and the Cotswold Way along the dramatic escarpment. In the east, the Thames Trail will link stunning Cotswold villages and the waterways and tributaries of the River Thames.
The trails feature 20 large scale artist-designed kingfisher sculptures, hosted at hand-picked locations throughout the region and beyond! Plus, there will be an extra special Flying Kingfisher which soars into 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.
You can find out more about how to spot all 22 impressive sculptures by downloading the trail map from www.kingfishertrail.org where you’ll also be able to find information about the accompanying App. 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 beautifully designed and decorated by the dedicated group of talented artists. Each kingfisher is truly 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, Chief Executive, 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.”
The Trail will end in October, when the Kingfishers will be auctioned. Any surplus funds from the Kingfisher Trail will be dedicated to enabling young people to take part in rural skills experiences across the Cotswolds National Landscape.