A Falkirk man wants to help save endangered turkeys by opening a fun park for them that he hopes could become a tourist attraction.
While turkeys will adorn many dinner tables this Christmas, Brian Moodie from Bantaskine is planning to build an enclosure for the birds that the public could visit, possibly at the Falkirk Wheel or in Helix Park.
The 65-year-old has three bronze, four buff and one Norfolk black turkey at the moment which he keeps on a plot of land at his home. He hopes to source funding for around 200 rare breeds for conservation and education purposes.
Brian said: “The ones I have are rare breed, single breasted and are becoming endangered. The Norfolk black is quite comfortable at the moment but the others are not.
“They take a lot of feeding so are quite expensive to keep meaning that not a lot of people are keeping them during this recession.
“I’m hoping to introduce rare breed turkeys that could be an added attraction at the likes of the Falkirk Wheel or Helix Park where people visit anyway. I’m still working on ideas for what would be in the park, but I think there is sufficient interest in something like this both for conservation and education.
“The amount of people who stop me for pictures and a chat when I’m out droving them is amazing. People are very interested.”
Bronze and buff turkeys are both on conservation priority lists due to other breeds becoming more popular although surviving numbers throughout the world are currently unknown.