When I started on 7th December 2015, Harewood was already a hive of activity and over the past few months it has only gathered momentum!
The Bird Garden is undergoing a massive overhaul, with enclosures being taken down to make way for a brand new Central Hub. Tonnes of overgrown shrubs and trees have been taken away to open up beautiful views across the Lake.
The Bird Garden aviaries are also having a facelift and I am making plans for new species to join our existing collection. This will include a number of Himalayan birds that will be housed in the Lakeside aviaries.
We will also have aviaries dedicated to important international conservation work situated on the eastern side of the garden. These will be home to many endangered birds found throughout the world. A new species for you all to look out for this season are the Palm Cockatoos. This fascinating birds boast wonderful black feathers with an impressive crest and vivid pink cheeks. We hope that you come along to see these interesting creatures.
The penguins are also moving up the property ladder with a full refurbishment of their enclosure. New rock work and nesting caves will be a welcome improvement to our Humboldt family home.
And of course there will be the usual favourites including the Chilean flamingos, blue and gold macaws and Colin the Crow!
This is only the start of the work that is planned before we re-open on March 25th. We are well under way with work on Harewood’s new Farm Experience. This week I have started to look for new residents for this brand new attraction.
We are all looking forward to welcoming you once again to the Bird Garden.