Torquay’s costal zoo is undergoing some new work, to improve the vast aviary net at Living Coasts. Operations Manager of Living Coasts, Care Rugg, commented, “We have had a rolling program to replace every part of the net over the last few years. These are the last panels to be renewed. They are replacing two of the very top panels and some of the cross ropes, as well as replacing many of the lower level wall panels around the edges.”
The works are scheduled to take five weeks from mid-October.
“Living Coasts is in a great spot right beside the sea, but it does mean we have to face storms head on! The net has stood up well to the elements - not just the rain, wind and cold but also the unseen threat of ultra violet rays from the sun which can weaken the netting fibers.”
The huge net covers a whopping 59,000 square feet, nearly 1.4 acres. The net, installed in 2003 by Vector, is inspected and serviced regularly. Repairs and maintenance can only be carried out by qualified and special technicians, climbing the high masts for repairs and work.
In total, there are 14 roof nets at Living Coasts, along with 27 wall nets and 3 internal dividing nets.
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