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Still waiting for baby flamingos
2:00pm Friday 11th October 2013 in News
WHILE soaring temperatures earlier this year have led to a flamingo baby boom in one corner of Gloucestershire, it is a different story in the north Cotswolds.
At the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Slimbridge, the Chilean flamingo flock hatched 20 chicks this summer – the highest number born in at least 20 years.
But at Birdland, in Bourton, which houses two species of flamingos – the Greater and Caribbean – they are still waiting for the patter of tiny feet.
Manager Simon Blackwell said they had not had much luck this year with breeding and the Greater Flamingos’ eggs had not been fertile.
“We’ve had the opposite this year,” he said. “We’ve got two species. One group, because they are relatively new here, are not streetwise.
“We have to lock them in at night in case there are predators.
Next year, the other ones we expect to breed better. They are being moved to a different area so they will be left out at night.
“Chilean flamingos come from hot climates so the hot weather probably would affect them but the Greater are found in Africa right through to Europe. They are not so affected by temperature.”
The group of nine Caribbean flamingos found friends among the park’s resident group of six in July last year after arriving from Colchester Zoo.
The collection originally belonged to the late president of the Aviculture Society, Raymond Sawyer.
“We have to get them used to it this year,” added Mr Blackwell.
“Hopefully next year we will be hearing lots patters of flamingo feet.”
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