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A $1 million bird park housing 560 native parrots is Ravenswood Sanctuary’s latest tourism venture.

Set to open in four days’ time, the BellaWood Parrot Park is the culmination of 16 months of planning and construction by Ravenswood Sanctuary and a lifetime of work by birdlovers and park managers Isabella and Ken Harwood.

The Harwoods ran a bird park in Mandurah for many years before being approached by Ravenswood Sanctuary to move their operations to the resort.

Ravenswood Sanctuary chief executive officer Adrian Lee said the parrot park was about reinforcing the Australian theme of the resort.

“Ravenswood Sanctuary is a country resort estate… we want authentic Australiana here, we are trying to create a resort that focuses entirely on an Australian theme,” he said.

“We plan to target two groups, the day-trippers and the overseas tourists.

“For overseas visitors it is a real treat to see native birds, they love it.”

Mr Lee said the parrot park would add to the attraction of the Ravenswood Sanctuary which already has a range of family activities including horse riding and river cruises.

The three-hectare park has a population of 560 birds, including 51 out of Australia’s 55 native parrot species.

The park also will include a reception centre and bird hospital and will work with the Department of Conservation and Land Management on a breeding program to rehabilitate the endangered population of the white-tail black cockatoo.

Mr Harwood said the park, which includes two purpose-built aviaries, had already been enjoyed by a small number of visitors.

“They all loved it, we had nothing but positive feedback,” he said.

“It would be good to see a second stage developed in the future.”

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