Above: Baikal teal (Sibirionetta formosa), also known as the bimaculate duck or squawk duck


WORK HAS BEGUN on a new modern walkthrough aviary at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, near Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Keepers of the zoo section at the attraction say the new waterfowl aviary has been designed to showcase the variety of ducks and geese in the collection, and to add to the visitor experience. It is scheduled for completion in mid-August.

Contractors Breheny Civil Engineering will reinstate the former aviary with a modern timber post and net structure that will house new clay ponds, planting and a walkway through for visitors.

Head zookeeper John Pickering said this will provide a different experience to the rest of the zoo. He added: “This new walkthrough aviary will be an exciting, modern facility with new walkways, new planting and 13 species of birds.”

The new aviary will house ringed, cinnamon, Chilean, Laysan, Baikal and marbled teal, Bahama pintail, Chiloë wigeon and red-breasted geese. Other duck species to feature will be mandarin, Carolina, fulvous whistling and white-faced fulvous whistling duck.

Local councillor Mike Medini said the new aviary will “enhance the experience of our visitors to the zoo in the second half of the summer holidays and beyond.”

Sewerby Hall and Gardens is set in 50 acres of parkland. Other bird species in the zoo collection include eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus), golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) and a colony of Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti).

For details on opening times, prices and to book online, visit: www.sewerbyhall.co.uk

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