New aviary blocks will make ‘such a difference’ to rehabilitation at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre
Two new state-of-the-art aviary blocks which will house a wide range of bird species have been officially opened at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.
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 birds and pigeons.
Waterfowl and seabirds are rehabilitated in separate deep pool areas.
So far this year more than 500 birds have been cared for at the centre, although the number is down on previous years due to the fact that sick and injured birds were taken to other centres while the new aviary block was being built.
The aviaries, which took more than four months to construct, were officially opened on Tuesday by West Norfolk Council honorary alderman Dr Paul Richards.
Funding for the aviaries has been thanks to the Katherine Martin Trust, who paid for the work on the bird of prey aviary, and to fundraisers from the local community and the national RSPCA who funded the second aviary.
Alison Charles, centre manager, said: “Our previous aviaries had served us well, but after many years of use they were becoming tired and required extensive work.
“It had always been a dream of ours at the centre to have new state-of-the-art aviaries, but one we just didn’t think would become a reality for a very long time.”
Alison said the new facility will make “such a difference to the rehabilitation of the birds we care for”.
There are 17 aviaries in total with the two blocks and the new design will provide the birds with more space to fly.
Paul Baker, director of construction for Princebuild, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this project, both in terms of the new structures and the impact they will have on the work the centre does.”