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We’re upgrading Cornwall Park’s bird aviary

We’re upgrading our feathered friends’ home at Cornwall Park, as part of the park’s 2019 Reserve Management Plan. We sought advice from Massey University experts when planning the upgrade to ensure we provide the best setting for the birds. The new aviary has been designed with that advice in mind.

Work will commence at the end of January on the upgrade of the Cornwall Park aviary, as included in the Cornwall Park Reserve Management Plan (RMP) adopted by Council in March 2019. Cornwall Park Aviary

The upgrade will focus on improving the existing site without changing the overall footprint. This will include all new concrete throughout; replacing the netting around the entire structure; repairing and replacing any damaged structural steel; all new drainage, water stations, bird feeders, and a new “beach” for the red eared slider turtles to provide a more natural egg laying area.

Just as humans like to stretch out, the aviary birds need plenty of space and plants for perching, foraging, flying and (for some) pulling branches apart.

To encourage these natural behaviours, specific varieties of trees and ground cover will be planted throughout along with better soil types. Temporary tree branches will also be placed in some enclosures for birds to pull apart.

Enhancements of the bird shelters will be made to encourage more free-flight between areas, and construction of additional nesting boxes to encourage breeding.

All work is being done in conjunction with recommendations from Massey University and the Wildbase Trust to ensure the welfare of the birds and turtles is the top priority, this includes only using materials that are non-toxic and approved by suppliers and consultants.

Completion is set down for late March/early April.

The two large parrots, Mate and Stevie Nicks, who used to live at the aviary, have spread their wings to their new SPCA-approved Northland home where they will remain. (Read more at the ‘Related Stories’ below.)

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