A sanctuary and clinic for the care and accommodation of injured birds of prey is being planned for Timaru.
The New Zealand Raptor Trust is in talks with the South Canterbury Sustainable Trust about establishing a facility at the south end of Timaru, next to The Crow’s Nest recycling shop in Redruth.
South Canterbury Sustainable Trust trustee Horst Elsen confirmed the proposal would be “officially discussed by the South Canterbury Sustainable Trust committee on July 12”.
“We are happy to report back to you then. We are also happy about the progress on the design developments and should be able to tell you more in a few weeks’ time,” Mr Elsen said.
New Zealand Raptor Trust member Ron Lindsay said it looked certain that “we have got a home base at Redruth beside the Crow’s Nest”.
The raptor trust was formed last year by a group of concerned South Canterbury residents who aim to provide housing and care for sick, injured and orphaned raptors. The ultimate goal is captive breeding.
Trust chairman Vaughan Skea had said there was a need for the care of birds of prey in South Canterbury, as all species, particularly harriers, were vulnerable to habitat destruction.
Mr Lindsay said there had been an increasing number of inquiries and reports of injured birds in the months following publicity about the trust.
The trust was looking to buy three shipping containers, one for the care of injured birds, and two for the accommodation of birds, at an estimated cost of $7000, he said.
The containers would then be transported to the Redruth site.
“We are ready to start fundraising and it’s hard to fundraise on a concept,” Mr Lindsay said.
“We are getting more and more people phoning us with reports of injured birds.”
An environmental centre has been proposed for the Redruth site.
The former Highfield Tennis and Bowling Club building was moved to the eco-centre site in October 2015 with the intention of using it as an education hub.
Ground work began in July 2016, when architects provided two drawings.
The education centre is part of proposed quadrants and is expected to include a seminar room, outdoor amphitheatre, changeable display areas that can be set up inside and outside, with room for insulation, building, glazing and energy-efficiency displays, a natural discovery centre, and classes on sustainable concepts.
What to do
If you find an raptor, contact:
Go to the New Zealand Raptor Trust Facebook page