26 Sept 2013 – Health & Safety

September sees our annual health & safety review. For the staff, and particularly Simon & myself its means going through our various policies, reviewing them and updating as necessary. We are in quite an unusual situation in that we have not only to produce risk assessments and policies for our...

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Week 38 – Latest goings on

Just a quick update on the weeks events this week as by the time you read this I will have become a dad! The next couple of blogs will be pre-written and won’t have any weekly news/wildlife sightings but I’ll update that all once I am back.   This week...

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Week 37 – It’s All in the Planning

This week we have been preparing for 2014!  Now I know it's only September but it's crucial that any plans for the future are established and in place so work can begin. The keepers sat down with Simon (our Manager), John (grounds) & Sam & Emily (gift shop) to swap...

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Week 36 – Finding feathers

As we move into Autumn it signals the end of the breeding season for many (but not all) of our birds.  With no nests to build, eggs to incubate or hungry chicks to feed many of our birds are now taking the chance to moult.  As you walk around the...

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Week 35 – Bank Holiday Busyness

We have had a very busy week this week with the warm weather, recent publicity & a Bank Holiday to boot.  Mondays Meet a Keeper saw at least 2 members of staff present from 11 through to 4.45 at the Encounter and at times, all 4 keepers and the work...

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Week 34 – Wonderful Windrush Wildlife

I'm very fortunate that whilst I'm working I can also indulge in one of my favourite past times, watching wildlife.  The site at Birdland is blessed with a variety of habitats with woodland, river and some open areas.  All this means that we have a variety of native flora and...

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Week 33 – In the Headlines again

Wow, what a week.  This week we have had local, national and even international exposure with the story that Missy, one of our King Penguins, could well be the oldest penguin in the world today. This all started when I saw a zoo in Denmark claiming to have the worlds...

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Week 32 – Educating Rita….& John, Lisa, Matthew ………….

The Summer holidays have kicked in this week and we have been busy, busy, busy.   With daily visitor numbers going up it means the keepers are in full swing on the education & entertainment front.  When I first started at Birdland nearly 12 years ago we used to do...

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Week 31 – Owls

This week sees us celebrate International Owl Awareness Day this coming Sunday.  We will be holding a Meet a Keeper Owl special as well as having a guided Owl Tour in the afternoon where you can follow a keeper around in the afternoon as they feed the owls. We currently...

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Week 30 – In the News

This weeks blog is a catch up of the last two weeks going on in the park.   We’ve had quite a bit of media exposure over the fortnight and with the Summer Holidays upon us, that can only be a good thing.   The first bit of coverage appeared...

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