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Letters: National Parrot Sanctuary


Dear Parrots magazine,

National Parrot Sanctuary

BirdsFirst again visited the National Parrot ‘Sanctuary’ and Zoo near Boston, Lincs in February 2011. We first visited these premises in March 2009 and reported then on poor conditions for birds held there. Sadly, there has been little improvement for the birds since then. On the Zoo’s own figures, annual mortality of birds was just over 10% last year. We find this level of mortality totally unacceptable. While there, we saw that very few birds had access to heated accommodation. Temperatures in East Anglia can drop to well below freezing on many nights during the winter. It is therefore likely that many birds are simply freezing to death.

Letters: Elderly interest


Dear Parrots magazine,

Elderly interest

My mother has been in a care home for just under two years now, and once I had been involved with her care, I feel so sorry for many of the elderly residents who look really fed up at times with little to do. Sure, the home does arrange activities from time to time, but these poor people need something more to keep them entertained.

Letters: Feral Parakeets


Dear Parrots magazine,

Feral Parakeets

It was with interest that I read Andrew Millington’s letter in the March issue regarding his comment about ‘indigenous’.

Letters: Over-supplementing vitamins


Dear Parrots magazine,

Over-supplementing vitamins

I’m sure that Leslie Moran means well with her article about overdosing vitamins in pet birds but if people follow her dietary advice they will actually seriously under-dose their birds.

Letters: National Parrot Zoo


Dear Parrots magazine,

National Parrot Zoo

The National Parrot Zoo (Friskney) is licensed by East Lindsey District Council (ELDC). Under the legislation, the Zoo (NPZ) is obliged to send annual livestock inventories to ELDC. As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request to ELDC, it has been revealed that during the 12 months 2009/10, 163 deaths were recorded. This represents about 10% of the total of birds held.

 

Letters: National Parrot Zoo


Dear Parrots magazine,

National Parrot Zoo

I have not visited the National Parrot Zoo, much as I should like to do so, so I cannot comment on all of the points raised by D Woodbury and Greg Glendell in their letters in the May issue. I am surprised, however, that the lack of heated accommodation is criticised, as I should not have thought it common practice to provide heat for the majority of parrot species, especially not medium to large birds. I have visited many zoos and bird gardens where there is clearly no heated accommodation for psittacines and I cannot imagine many private aviculturalists would provide it for their aviary birds - I certainly should not consider doing so for any but the smallest and most delicate species. Deaths are always unfortunate but no animal is immortal and disasters can happen. My local zoo at Sewerby Hall, Bridlington has had a very unlucky few months with snow causing the roof of the aviary for foreign finches to collapse resulting in the escape of most of the birds, and repeated incursions by predators. A Stoat killed several birds including some psittacines and a Fox killed many more specimens, mostly waterfowl and pheasants, over a period of several weeks until it was finally thwarted by an electric fence.

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