The bird collection is housed in the Lawn Aviary, which comprises four domed flights surrounding a central concourse. The aviary provides a focal point on the south side of the main lawn.
Our lawn aviary contain 5 enclosures, some are species specific and some are mixed enclosures for birds that have similar husbandry requirements or diets.
The cheeky and intelligent Quaker Parakeets, with their communal nest made solely of sticks, occupy the front aviary on the right.
We have an extensive flock of Peach-Faced Lovebirds, providing a colourful display in the rear right hand aviary. These small parrots are native to south western Africa.
In the front left side of the lawn Aviary, the Azure-Winged Magpie, Long-Tailed Glossy Starling, Lesser Hill Mynah birds and the very energetic White-Cheeked Turacos make up our softbill enclosure. Softbill is a catch-all term for multiple species that have a softer diets, such as insects, fruit or nectar, rather than eating hard seeds and nuts.
The rear left section is split in to two halves. In the front half of the dome are Harley and Casey, two separate species of Cockatoo. Harley is a White Cockatoo or Umbrella Cockatoo, whereas Casey is a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.
In the rear section we have our stunning blue and gold macaw called Bobo, he can be a really talkative boy but also is a bit of a scaredy cat with loud noises so please be conscious when visiting our birds.
We also have a terrace aviary which is home to two more birds, this is just past the Arid House. Here you can find Casper, our chatty and very mischievous Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo and Polly, the Blue-Fronted Amazon, who is our oldest bird at the gardens, in her 60’s!
Some of our birds have really odd habits, and tendencies. Many of these traits develop because they have come from people that can no longer look after their bird properly or they have been rescued. It takes a long time to try and correct any kind of undesirable behaviour as you can never be sure how the behaviour was formed or how long they have been doing it. Please consider dropping a donation as you pass reception to help us care for our current birds but also possible aid in rehousing birds in the future.