The Landscape Group’s park keepers have a very diverse and varied job to do, taking responsibility for the upkeep of their parks and everything within them. As part of the job, many of our park keepers get to know and love their parks so well they are instantly able to spot something which is out of place.
One of our eagle-eyed park keepers, Colin Archer, was tending to the aviaries in Elmore Park, Rugely when he spotted an unusual addition to the flock of pigeons picking up dropped seeds – a valuable racing pigeon which appeared to have got lost on its way home.
Colin managed to carefully catch the bird and identified her owner from the ring on her foot. The owner was thrilled that Colin had taken the time to do this and return the missed pigeon to the rest of her flock.
Derek Jones, Contract Supervisor commented:
“Colin works very hard in the park and takes good care of the birds within the aviary. He knows the birds in the park so well that he managed to spot this one as the odd one out by the ring on its foot and then had the initiative to catch it and successfully find out where she came from. The pigeon was kept safe and handed back to her very grateful owner on Saturday – well done Colin!”