There has been a rescue aviary in Bournemouth for more than 100 years, but now the local community is being called upon to help raise the final £40,000 needed to build a replacement aviary for donated and re-homed birds.
Located in the Lower Gardens, it is a sanctuary for almost 400 homeless birds, the majority of which have been given to the volunteers for rehoming following their owners becoming unable to look after them.
The new aviary will create more flight space for the birds and provide visitors with a 360-degree viewing experience. It will also be built sustainably, and to higher welfare standards.
Cllr Hazel Allen for Bournemouth Central Ward said, “Bournemouth’s aviary is a special heritage attraction for both the local community and visitors to the town centre. Being outdoors and connecting with nature is great for our wellbeing and I really hope our local community can help with the final push to reach the fundraising target.”
The aviary is run entirely by a small group of dedicated volunteers and relies on donations from members of the public and local businesses. The aviary volunteers hope that construction of the new building will start in the spring of next year providing they can raise £40,000.
The aviary rebuild is being fundraised for by local charity, Bournemouth Parks Foundation.
Cathi Farrer, parks foundation manager, said, “There are a number of ways you can support the fundraising campaign for the aviary. You can donate online, organise your own fundraising activity, purchase a virtual Christmas gift or celebrate a loved one by sponsoring an engraved bird plaque to go on the side of the aviary. We’re really close to our fundraising target now, so we’re hoping everyone will really support us with ensuring the new aviary can be built.”
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