Chipmunk on the run after chine landslip

By Ross Findon

Monday, January 20, 2014


Chipmunk on the run after chine landslip

One of the chipmunks at Shanklin Chine. File picture by Jennifer Burton.

A LANDSLIP has damaged a nature hide and aviary at an Isle of Wight attraction this weekend.

The landslip at Shanklin Chine followed weeks of heavy rain and stabilisation experts are due to visit the beauty spot tomorrow to assess the extent of the damage.

A nature hide was badly damaged by falling debris and a hole was punched in the aviary building, which houses the chine’s collection of chipmunks, birds and plant nursey.

Chine manager Karl Dyson said one of the chipmunks had escaped and he appealed to the public to look out for the animal, reporting any sightings to chine staff.

He said the hide was hard to reach, which meant repair work would have to be done by hand.

On Saturday, there was a cliff fall at Lake, which has led to the closure of the cliff path, from Winchester House to Skew Bridge path/Lake Cliff Gardens.

Shanklin Chine

The landslip at Shanklin Chine, which damaged an aviary and nature hide. Picture courtesy of Shaz Peter Hamaton Gilbey via Facebook.

Lake landslip

The landslip at Cliff Path, Lake. Picture courtesy of Ben Rue, via Twitter @Wightlink1.



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by Russell Palin

22nd January 2014, at 09:20:18

I think Paul is right. A COBRA meeting will no doubt be called.
Stay vigilant everybody.

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by Paul Strauss

21st January 2014, at 12:11:49

Luckily Shanklin Chine is known as the Alcatraz of Chipmunks so I have no doubts whatsoever that this fugitive will be rounded up and placed squarely back where it belongs - behind bars. That's assuming it has survived the freezing temperatures of last night. There is no need for anyone to panic, although it would be prudent to remain indoors and let the security services do their work unhindered.

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by Debbie Hollebon

21st January 2014, at 09:18:02

People are being silly and ignoring the closure signs, when we walked along the beach on sunday we could see walkers using the path. We even saw somebody come to the edge and peer over at the smaller fall a little further along. The land they were stood on cannot have been stable.

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by Paul Strauss

21st January 2014, at 08:49:52

Cry havoc and let slip the kittens of Godshill!

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by Terry Dalley

20th January 2014, at 15:36:50

Is he off to make another recording .

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by Colin Russell

20th January 2014, at 12:59:00

I expect this time next year we will be over run with them, rather have them , than rats

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by Warwick Hunt

20th January 2014, at 12:52:43

Last seen water skiing away from Fisherman's Cottage

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