COUPLE SAD TO SELL SANCTUARY
Wildlife carers take a step back from bird protection
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.
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.