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25 May 2022

Much-Anticipated Aviary in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens Officially Opened

The much-anticipated aviary in Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens officially opened on Tuesday, the 17th of May.

The Cooper-Thompson Rescue Aviary will provide an improved sanctuary for rehomed tropical birds as it replaces the previous 1980s building and gives visitors a 360-degree view of the area. The new structure has been designed to higher welfare standards to ensure “exemplary bird care standards using durable low maintenance materials that have low ongoing maintenance costs”.

The new aviary was made possible by the support of volunteers, the Parks Foundation, BCP Council, and the community, with local residents and businesses donating enough money to construct the new home.

idverde is excited to be involved in completing the new aviary, undertaking tree works to accommodate the larger and taller building. Additionally, idverde undertook pruning works to allow more light through to the area.

Once constructed, idverde sourced and provided timber for the perches, logs for bowl placement and resting places, and to help screen the maintenance walkway, sourced suitable timber from their tree surgery operations. To reduce the future maintenance cost, the timber had to be suitable for long term periods and ensure that it was not harmful to the birds.

Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Place, BCP Council commented:

“This new aviary was very much needed, and I’m delighted that it provides more space for these precious tropical birds. They have been a much-loved feature in Bournemouth since the 1930s and I know a lot of residents and visitors to Bournemouth are looking forward to seeing them once again.

“My thanks go out to everyone who raised funds to help rebuild the aviary, as well as the volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring each and every bird is well looked after.”

If you would like to support the new aviary with the ongoing cost of bird food, water, heating and cleaning materials needed by the volunteers each and every day, you can visit the fundraising page.

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