Visitors have been enjoying the cheeky ducks and their lovely natural pond area in Dales Farm for many years. Unfortunately, bird flu has changed the way in which we need to house our birds and keep them safe. Bird Flu looks like it is going to continue to be present in the foreseeable future and so we need to adapt our enclosures accordingly.

The new plans will include a larger shelter, with an additional indoor pond. This will provide enrichment for our ducks should we be instructed to keep them fully enclosed, by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, if Bird Flu presents itself locally. The shelter will also ensure safety and protection against evening predators, such as foxes. It will also provide a more accessible working environment for our Day Service Customers who are unable to assist in the pond enclosure with its current arrangement.