Birdworld steps in to help Seaview Wildlife Encounter
Birdworld is delighted to announce that it has been able to help with the rehoming of over 50 birds from Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the Isle of Wight, following its sad closure in October 2015.
Birdworld Curator Duncan Bolton was contacted by Seaview before news of the park’s imminent closure spread. Duncan and Aviculture Team Lead Paula visited Seaview’s site to discuss the birds, in particular the parrot collection. Staffs biggest concern was the parrots as the birds were used to a large enclosure with a great deal of open space, and finding a comparable home for them was extremely important. Seaview keepers were concerned that the birds would face a cramped space or unsuitable situations if the right home could not be found in time.
Therefore they were thrilled when Duncan and his team stepped forward and confirmed that they could accommodate the vast majority of the parrots, integrating them into Birdworld’s large enclosure ‘Parrots in Flight’. The parrots which included Green-winged, scarlet, and blue and yellow macaws, Moluccan and lesser sulphur crested cockatoos, grey parrots and Nanday conures to name but a few underwent thorough health screens before movement and are now in their new home at Birdworld under the expert care of the aviculture team and consultant vet John Chitty.
And the story doesn’t end there. Birdworld was also able to offer a home to six ne-ne, a pair of Eyetonn’s whistling ducks, a number of little egrets, a masked lapwing, a spreo starling, and two Buffon’s Turacos, one of which is called Damien!
They were also able to take – ‘Maurice’ and ‘Horace’ Seaview’s two adult pink-backed pelicans. On December 17th Paula once again made the trip to Seaview and collected the birds, who have now settled well into their new enclosure in Farnham. They join Birdworld’s original three residents in their large lake enclosure, and the three juvenile pink-backed pelicans hatched at the park in July and August. In total Birdworld re-homed 56 birds from Seaview Wildlife Encounter, as well as 34 Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches!