We’re open for busi­ness, say sanc­tu­ary own­ers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

RU­MOURS the Fly­ing High bird sanc­tu­ary at Ap­ple Tree Creek has closed down are noth­ing to get in a flap about, ac­cord­ing to owner David Tock­nell.

Mr Tock­nell said the sanc­tu­ary was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing fewer vis­i­tors than usual be­cause many people thought it was no longer op­er­a­tional.

“I’ve been sick and people seem to think the place has closed down and there’s been a big con­fu­sion,” he said.

“The place has still been open all the time and I’m back now.”

In March, Mr Tock­nell and wife Anne an­nounced af­ter four years they were hav­ing to face sell­ing their busi­ness be­cause of health prob­lems.

But Mr Tock­nell said even though the sanc­tu­ary was on the mar­ket, they had def­i­nitely not stopped trad­ing.

“It’s def­i­nitely open,” he said.

“We’re open 8am–4pm, seven days a week.”

Mr Tock­nell de­scribed the lack of vis­i­tors at his sanc­tu­ary as “dras­tic”.

“People are say­ing, ‘we thought you were closed’,” he said.

“All the wrong mes­sages are get­ting out.”

Mr and Mrs Tock­nell have made the most of their time as own­ers of the sanc­tu­ary, in­tro­duc­ing cap­tive breed­ing pro­grams for na­tive birds to aug­ment wild bird pop­u­la­tions, and adding a range of Aus­tralian wildlife in­clud­ing a Tas­ma­nian devil.

PHOTO: SI­MON YOUNG BUN100114CHL23

FLY­ING HIGH BIRD SANC­TU­ARY: David and Anne Tock­well with Franky are happy to say the doors are still open.

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