Lucky flamingoes have home renovated at Bourton's Birdland

The renovated Flamingo area

The renovated Flamingo area

First published in News Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

BIRDLAND keepers in Bourton have been busy building and renovating a new nesting site for a flock of flamingos.

The flamingos, based at the park in Bourton-on-the-Water, will be benefitting from some special interior design created to encourage them to pair up and nest.

Park manager Simon Blackwell took the the digger along with other keepers armed with spades to re-design the space.

The current flamingo site has been dug up and the mud flats have also raised to secure against tidal flooding which has been particularly important since the bad storms over the winter when part of the nesting site was damaged.

The wading birds have produced chicks previously and keepers are looking forward to welcoming more little chicks into the park. Flamingos are traditionally monogamous birds that lay only a single egg each year and if that egg is lost or broken then they typically won’t lay any more, making the new nesting site even more important.

"Renovating the flamingo nesting site was an important part of the renovation project for 2014," said Simon. "The new nesting site will hopefully encourage the flamingos to start laying eggs over the summer and they are already beginning to take an interest in the work completed."

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