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RSPCA applies to build new aviaries at East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King’s Lynn

PUBLISHED: 11:37 22 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:37 22 October 2017

An owl in the aviaries at the East Winch RSPCA Wildlife Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

An owl in the aviaries at the East Winch RSPCA Wildlife Centre. Picture: Ian Burt

Birds being cared for at a Norfolk wildlife hospital could soon have new accommodation.

The RSPCA has applied to refurbish the aviaries at its East Winch Wildlife Centre, near King’s Lynn.

In its planning application, it states: “The purpose of this proposal is to replace the existing timber bird aviaries with a steel framed structure clad with insulated panels and blockwork partitions to create the enclosures. The proposal is to construct two robust aviary structures.”

Aviaries are used to rehabilitate larger birds of prey, such as injured raptors and owls which are cared for at the centre being released back into the wild.

Earlier this year, staff revealed they were also caring for more than 30 owlets which had been abandoned by their parents or injured.

The birds are kept in aviaries and have minimal contact with people during their stay, so they remain wild.

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