LEISURE: New Bournemouth aviary attraction


A campaign to raise funds by The Parks Foundation and BCP Council has led to a new aviary being built in Bournemouth that is set to home 200 birds.

Any birdwatchers and avian enthusiasts will be squawking with glee to hear that they will be able to enjoy a wide variety of birds close to home with the new aviary being built after funds were raised by the The Parks Foundation and BCP Council.

The current aviary is home to many tropical birds who have been rehomed and has been a long standing attraction from the 1930s. However the current building, which was designed in the 1980s, definitely needs a suitable replacement.

The new Cooper-Thompson Rescue Aviary, designed by Morgan Carey Architects, will create more flight space for the birds and give visitors a complete 360-degree viewing experience. This aviary will be built to higher welfare standards by Avon Construction and construction is due to start sometime in September.

Derek Heritage, a volunteer at the aviary said: “Following the threat of closure nearly 20 years ago our loyal band of volunteers have looked after the birds and saved this wonderful aviary which has been enjoyed by generations of residents and visitors”.

Any donations towards the aviary are still being accepted in order to help with the internal landscaping and fixtures, as well as for the ongoing cost of bird food, water, heating and cleaning materials needed by the volunteers each and every day. Donate online here or by calling 01202 123292.


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