Aviary opening on Sunday

From our archives: September 22, 1998

Last updated 05:00 05/02/2013

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Invercargill's new $750,000 aviary at Queens Park officially opens on Sunday.

City council parks manager Robin Pagan said tours of the aviary would be available from 9.30am to 5pm on Sunday, except during the opening ceremony at 12.30pm.

The new aviary is home to a wide range of native and exotic birds. It has been designed to provide the ideal habitat for each species of bird, with the setting made as natural as possible.

The entrance to the aviary is via bridge over a pond and the surrounding area is being developed into a wetlands habitat.

Aviary features include a large open flight with a public walkway so people can view a variety of birds at close range.

Mr Pagan said the aviary also featured an elaborate alarm and video surveillance system to deter vandals and ensure the security of the birds.

The aviary project was funded by the Community Trust of Southland. Trust chairman Colin Ballantyne and Mayor David Harrington will jointly open the facility.

Mr Pagan said aviary tours would also be available next week at 10am and 2pm, which was the first week of the school holidays.

The aviary's usual opening hours will be 8am to dusk daily.

"The high level of interest already shown in the aviary may mean we have to limit the number of people allowed into the area at one time, " Mr Pagan said.

"We know people are keen to view this new facility but we hope they will be patient and realise our main concern is ensuring the safety of the birds."

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