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.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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