Can you help?


All the people who work at the Aviary are volunteers. All money is used to buy fresh food and medicines for the birds, as well as to pay for the electricity and maintenance of the building. Occasionally, we decide to buy a bird in order to give it a happier home, or to be a companion to one of our own birds.

We have also been collecting to replace the old Aviary with a new one. This is a huge expense for our small organisation, but everyone has been very generous. By the Summer of 2018 we have raised nearly £100,000 of our target of £200,000!


There are three different ways you can help us with our efforts to raise funds for the new Aviary, and also for our continuing running costs...

  • outside the Aviary with pound coins given to Polly, our talking parrot.
  • on the central cage of the Aviary with your small change dropped into our white pipe.
  • from anywhere using online cashless donations.
  • larger donations and bequests can be organised by contacting one of our volunteers.
More details can be found below. We hope you will want to help us!

Polly the talking parrot

Our largest bird lives outside the Aviary. She is a large wooden parrot called Polly, and she talks when you put a Pound coin into her slot. She has several different phrases to thank you for your donation. She was carved by Tom Harvey, a sculptor from Wiltshire. She was given to us by Bournemouth Parks Foundation to help us with fund-raising for looking after the birds and ongoing maintenance, and also for the new Aviary building already designed and waiting for sufficient funds.

Small Change

We also have a small white plastic pipe through the fence of the middle section of the Aviary. A lot of our money comes from small change dropped into the pipe, which falls into the collection box. Now that Polly has arrived, she is collecting quite a few donations, too. Unfortunately, Polly can only "eat" one-pound coins, but we are more than happy to collect other coins dropped into our white plastic pipe.

Online Donations

If you don't expect to visit the Aviary soon, but you would still like to help, then it is very easy to make an online donation.

Larger Donations and Bequests

Sometimes, we are lucky enough to receive a bigger donation or bequest. If you would like to give more than just your small change, please contact us to discuss your wishes.


United Taxis help us in several important ways, including guaranteeing our lease.

Vets4Pets in Winton do not charge us to treat sick or injured birds (although we still pay for medicines and tonics). They are also very generous with helpful advice about looking after the birds.


The birds need fresh food and water almost every day of the year. We have four different seed mixes to suit all our birds, and use enough to fill four dustbins every 3 weeks or so. We also give them special foods, supplements, fruit, vegetables and treats. All of these need buying and transporting to our food storeroom.

They make a lot of mess and so we have to clean it almost daily... rain, shine, snow or frost! It is rewarding work, but hard.

Looking after the Aviary and its birds is a great responsibility because it is easy to make a mistake, and almost impossible to correct. We have a small group of volunteers and are careful to assess anyone who would like to share the work. All new volunteer workers have to work alongside some of our trusted volunteers for a probationary period. If you have appropriate experience and would like to help, please contact us to explain your interest, experience and skills.