Page last updated at 13:31 GMT, Thursday, 31 July 2008 14:31 UK

Rare birds stop zoo development

Kingfisher at Chester Zoo
Kingfishers usually choose quiet spots to nest

A pair of protected birds have stopped development work at one of the UK's biggest zoos.

Two kingfishers, a protected species, have made a home at Chester Zoo for their breeding season.

Work on a new path at the 110-acre site has been stopped until the birds have moved on.

Sarah Bird, biodiversity officer, said: "We are thrilled that these colourful and charismatic wild birds have chosen to make their home here in the zoo."

The exact location of the nest has not been revealed to protect the birds.

Kingfishers are usually very shy birds, but clearly ours are quite bold to have chosen such a popular place to have a family
Sarah Bird
Chester Zoo

Ms Bird said: "Chester Zoo is a conservation charity.

"As well as our work with exotic species, we work hard to promote the conservation of our local wild species in and outside the zoo perimeter.

"As such, it is extremely rewarding to have kingfishers breeding in the zoo."

Kingfishers are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which makes it an offence to take, injure or kill a kingfisher or to disturb the nest, eggs or young.

"We have taken action to see that they are able to breed without being disturbed and, given the legal protection afforded to these magnificent birds, we won't be revealing their exact location in the zoo," Ms Bird said.

"Kingfishers are usually very shy birds, but clearly ours are quite bold to have chosen such a popular place to have a family."


SEE ALSO
Four rare oryx calves born at zoo
27 Jul 08 |  Merseyside
Zoo welcomes second baby giraffe
10 Apr 08 |  Merseyside
Small start for premature giraffe
30 Jan 08 |  Merseyside
Farmer's award for work with zoo
23 Oct 07 |  Merseyside
Zoo visitors look up to new baby
28 Nov 06 |  Merseyside

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific