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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 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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Week 28 – It’s a boy………or girl?!

This week we have been catching up some of the birds that we are uncertain as to what gender they are.  With many species of bird there are obvious differences between the sexes.  You can go on size (male flamingos are taller, female Owls are larger), by colour (think male...

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Week 27 – Quick Update

Hi all It's just a quick update this week as we have been all hands to the deck again with hand rearing, school trips and preparing for Summer (yes, Summer!)   We have 3 Greater Rhea hatch this week.  The chicks are mobile from hatch and are following the parents...

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Week 26 – Hand Rearing

As you will have seen from the past couple of blogs, the keepers are currently busy playing Mum & Dad to a variety of different chicks.  This weeks blog is all about how we go about raising the chicks.   There are many reasons why we may hand rear a...

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Week 25 – Hand Rearing Update

We continue on from last weeks blog on hand rearing. All the chicks are doing well, with the Military Macaw chick now tipping the scales at 110 grams (having hatched at 25).  As the chick is getting bigger it is getting less feeds per day but larger quantities are given...

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Week 23 – Busy busy busy

Apologies that this weeks blog is a couple of days late, it’s been a busy couple of days and I just haven’t found time to sit down and write about life at Birdland. As a result this weeks blog is going to be just the updates for the week.  ...

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Week 22 – Penguin Week

This week we are celebrating our first ever penguin week so this weeks blog is all about working with penguins We currently have 13 Kings and 9 Humboldts under our care. Compared to a lot of the other species we keep, the penguins are pretty straight forward to care for....

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