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6/12/2013 – Breezy Birdland

Yesterday was rather a wind swept day to say the least, not as bad as other parts of the country, but still strong enough to cause a few concerns. High winds can sometimes be an issue for us here as those familiar with the park will know that we have...

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28/11/2013 – Getting into Keeping

This week I thought I’d would write a bit about how to get into Zoo-Keeping. It is a very competitive field to get into and vacancies are few and far between.  We have four keepers at Birdland and our backgrounds are all slightly different.   Personally I have always had...

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22/11/2013 – Catch the Pelican

Just a quick update this week as we have been very busy, with staff away on holidays and all the extra duties that winter brings.   The main drama of the week was that one of our female Pink Backed Pelicans took flight this week. She disappeared between 1 and...

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15th November 2013 – Feed the Birds

With the sudden onset of winter (had to scrape the car twice this week!) it is very much that time of year to start considering your feather friends at home.  Birds require high energy feeds during the winter months to maintain their fat reserves to see them through the cold...

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7th of November 2013 – Question Time

As the breeding year draws to a close it that time of year when zoos are reviewing the year in terms of breeding successes and failures. Many species of zoo animal are critically endangered and breeding programmes are run by Studbooks to ensure regular breeding is ongoing to maintain populations,...

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1st November 2013 – Winter is here

We are now in full winter mode as from today we start on winter hours, with last admission at 3 and the park closing at 4 to the public.   With the onset of winter the daily routine of the keepers begins to change from that of the Summer. First...

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25th October 2013 – Micro Chipping

This week we have been busy micro-chipping more of the birds. The birds that we have been micro-chipping are amongst some of the rarest species in captivity and as such each individual needs a form of identity. This can be in the form of a leg band or wing tag...

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18th October 2013 – Planning for the Future

This week saw our annual review with Simon (our manager), Nikki (PR) & Ian & Michael (our owners). This is where there were discussions on a wide range of topics including visitor attendance, incomings and outgoings & future plans re advertising, leaflets etc. Most of this was conducted by the...

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11th of October 2013 – Catching Up & the Generation Game

This weeks blog is all about catching you all up on the past 3 weeks events at the park. It has has been quite a hectic few weeks and winter definitely feels like it is starting to arrive, with dark drives into work, the winds starting to pick up and...

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3 October 2013 – Winter preparations

The nights are drawing in and the temperatures are starting to drop so we are now starting to prepare for winter. The Penguins and Snowy Owls are more than happy as the cooler weather comes in but for many of our more exotic species the cold can pose a problem....

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