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Helping them take flight in West Norfolk

Helping them take flight in West Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:38am 19th December 2018.

Looking after our winged friends in Norfolk.

The RSPCA officially opened two new aviary's in East Winch yesterday.

Last year out of the 4600 animals they cared for 64% were birds.


a kestrel is the first inhabitant of the new aviary. She hit her head flying into a building
A kestrel is the first inhabitant of the new aviary. She hit her head flying into a building


The new aviaries are vital for the final stage of a bird's rehabilitation as it enables them to build up their flight strength ready for their release.

One of the aviaries will be home to birds of prey, while the second aviary will be used for garden-type birds.

Waterfowl and seabirds are rehabilitated in separate deep pool areas.



Last year the centre cared for a host of birds including tawny owls, kestrels, barn owls, sparrowhawks, buzzards a peregrine falcon, blackbirds, thrushes, rooks, sparrows, pigeons and many more.

So far this year more than 500 birds have been cared for at the centre.

The aviaries, which took more than four months to construct, were officially opened yesterday (18th December) by the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Honorary Alderman Dr Paul Richards.


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Last year East Winch admitted 4,657 casualties, of which 64% of those were birds.

Many were sick, injured, contaminated or orphaned birds which all required emergency veterinary care followed by a period of rehabilitation, which can last several weeks.

Alison Charles, centre manager told KLFM why so many need to be care for:

"A lot of them fly into things they don't recognise.

The kestrel we have here has flown into a building, that's very common.

Things like overhead powerlines they'll fly into, you name it, they get tangled up in netting people haven't tidied up.

Our biggest problem with birds of prey and with a lot of other species is roads.

The interaction between wildlife and cars in a nightmare."


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There are 17 aviaries in total with the two blocks and the new design will provide the birds more space to fly and also enable the aviaries to be cleaned more efficiently and easily.

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