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Zoo keepers save animals after storm damage

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Keepers at Paignton Zoo saved scores of animals after recent storms damaged a key building.

High winds ripped open a 36-metre-long air vent in the roof of Reptile Tropics at around 7.30 one morning, exposing vulnerable animals, plants and electrics. Staff rushed to save lizards, snakes, turtles, iguanas, chameleons and geckos as the temperature in the building dropped. Meanwhile,...

Are you the UK's best wild bird photographer?

Authored by Mary

Winter is a tough time for wild birds but as spring approaches and the weather becomes warmer, we should expect to hear more tweeting in our gardens.

One of the UK’s leading home and garden retailers, wilko, is inviting you to share your best wild bird photos in its annual competition to capture the best of our feathered friends.

Are you a keen photographer? If so, wilko...

On the wing: in celebration of the feather

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Paignton Zoo bird keeper Lisa Jones freely admits that she has an interest that borders on obsession. She’s fascinated by feathers.

“During the summer months, lots of birds at Paignton Zoo start to moult… I think feathers are among the natural world’s most incredible adaptations. While I was cleaning out the Ural owls, who are moulting heavily now, I wondered if anyone else would be as...

In the pink: scarlet birds have red letter day

Authored by Paigntonzoo

One of the most striking birds in the world has bred at Paignton Zoo. The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is famous for its bright red feathers – although, as you can see, the chicks are anything but scarlet.

There’s no other wading bird as scarlet as a scarlet ibis, but it takes time for juveniles to grow into the colour. It’s not until their second moult that the birds begin to take...

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Authored by Paigntonzoo

It’s an expensive time of year for birthday presents among the kittiwakes at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. The five adult birds all have birthdays between July 17th and August 7th. And now a chick has hatched on its mother’s birthday.

The kittiwake also hatched in the same nest and to the same parents as last year, when Living Coasts recorded its first ever breeding of this...

Aviary appeal takes off at Plymouth animal rescue sanctuary

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth animal charity is appealing for sponsorship to fund a purpose-built aviary for the soaring number of birds in its care.

In the last three years, Woodside Animal Welfare Trust at Elfordleigh has seen a sharp rise in the number of birds being brought into the sanctuary.

As the only charity in the Plymouth area taking in unwanted and rescued birds for rehoming, the...

Paignton Zoo keeper hatches conservation success

Authored by Paigntonzoo

This is the extraordinary moment the hatching of a rare Mauritius pink pigeon chick was caught on video – and the moment the hard work started in earnest for Paignton Zoo bird keeper Tom Tooley. Senior Bird Keeper Tom is currently 6,000 miles away on the island of Mauritius. But if you think he’s dodged the English winter to relax on a tropical island, think again. He’s spending time with...

Ruff play at Living Coasts

Authored by Paigntonzoo

Unassuming in the winter, male ruffs transform in the Spring with eye-catching plumage - and it's all for the benefit of the females...

Keepers at Torquay’s coastal zoo are preparing the ground for some fierce competition. They are cutting the grass and clearing undergrowth so that one species of bird can indulge in its extraordinary mating ritual.

The ruff (Calidris...

Join the nation in discovering what birds are visiting your Plymouth gardens

Authored by Mary

The RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is set to bring more than half-a-million people together this weekend (27, 28, 29 January) as they uncover what is happening in their garden, helping to create an annual snapshot of how UK birds are doing. Now in its 39th year, the Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden to help the RSPB build up a picture...

Devon Birds launches photo contest

Authored by Inga

Devon Birds is providing a great opportunity for amateur photographers with the launch of a new photo competition this Summer which is open to the general public. Devon Birds is a charity which supports the study and conservation of wild birds. Amateur photographers are invited to submit their bird photographs which must have been taken in Devon, and the winning entries will be displayed at...

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