COU­PLE SAD TO SELL SANC­TU­ARY

Wildlife car­ers take a step back from bird pro­tec­tion

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page -

WITH a heavy heart, David and Anne Tock­nell have been forced to say good­bye to the place they have fallen in love with.

This month marks the cou­ple’s fourth an­niver­sary own­ing Fly­ing High Bird Sanc­tu­ary, and while the cou­ple love the an­i­mals, they say they aren’t get­ting any younger and it’s time to take a step back.

Mr and Mrs Tock­nell have put the sanc­tu­ary on the mar­ket, in what they de­scribe as a re­gret­table sale that can’t be avoided.

The wildlife car­ers said it was get­ting harder to main­tain the aviaries as “old age” sets in.

“We’re go­ing to have to (sell) or they’ll be cart­ing us out in a pine box,” Mr Tock­nell said.

“We can’t see there’s any other op­tion at this stage. We’ve got to move on, in a sense.

“It’s sad, but that’s a fact of life.”

While the cou­ple has had their “ups and downs” since tak­ing on the sanc­tu­ary, they say the ex­pe­ri­ence has been a thor­oughly en­joy­able one.

“We love the birds and an­i­mals, and the people too,” Mr Tock­nell said.

Over the past four years, the cou­ple has worked tire­lessly to ex­pand the fa­cil­ity, which is now the largest free-fly­ing aviary in Aus­tralia.

Pas­sion­ate about con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion, Mr and Mrs Tock­nell have in­tro­duced new cap­tive breed­ing pro­grams for na­tive birds to aug­ment wild bird pop­u­la­tions, and have added to their vast wildlife collection, in­clud­ing the re­cent ad­di­tion of a Tas­ma­nian Devil.

The cou­ple are hope­ful that the “right per­son” will be out there ready to take on the sanc­tu­ary and care for the an­i­mals.

PHOTO: ZACH HOGG BUN250314BRD1

FI­NAL FAREWELL: Fly­ing High Bird Sanc­tu­ary own­ers David and Anne Tock­nell are sadly say­ing good­bye to the sanc­tu­ary they have looked af­ter for four years.

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