I’m going to show you how to spot Kingfishers in the Cotswolds and more specifically, in Chipping Campden!
It’s not the usual Kingfisher you would expect to see, but very large and colourful Kingfisher statue that has made Chipping Campden its home. However, be quick, as this isn’t a permanent display, but part of the Kingfisher Trail organised by Cotswolds Natural Landscape.
There are a total of 22 Kingfisher sculptures – all decorated by talented local artists and dotted around the Cotswold region.
The purpose of the Kingfisher Trail is to encourage residents and visitors to get into nature and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Cotswold National Landscape.
Not only that, at the end of the project, the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise funds for vital conversation work.
Where else can I spot Kingfishers in the Cotswolds?
Well, there are actually two trails you can follow to find the Kingfisher Sculptures – The Severn Trail, covering an area from Chipping Sodbury to Chipping Campden and includes the Kingfisher Wall Memorial at Cheltenham.
The second trail is The Thames Trail, running from Bath, through Cirencester, Stow on the Wold and ending in Shipston-on-Stour.
Why Chipping Campden?
Regarded as the ‘Jewel of The Cotswolds’, Chipping Campden is an obvious location choice to spot Kingfishers in the Cotswolds. Painted in bright orange, yellow and pink, and standing about 7ft high, it’s not difficult to miss! But if you need a clue, I suggest you head toward the famous Market Square on the High Street.
Kingfisher is titled Morris Minor
The Chipping Campden Kingfisher sculpture called Morris Minor, is a nod to the wallpaper designs of William Morris and the Arts and Craft Movement in Chipping Campden and Broadway, but with a modern twist added by street artist Inkie.
There’s an app for that!
So, if you want to find Kingfishers in the Cotswolds and get out and about and explore, The Kingfisher Trail is a great tool – they even have an app you can download and use.
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