Plans for Portsmouth park aviary begin to take flight

From left, Pauline Jenkins, Sue Jenkins and Tracey Routh 

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The rotunda aviary in Victoria Park has some new inhabitants.

Andy Fraser, former city councillor and Lord Mayor’s Consort, has set up the Portsmouth Aviary Project.

Having been an enthusiast since childhood, he offered to take a section of the aviary and turn it into a community and school project.

He said: ‘My aim was to refurbish, rejuvenate and restock. I have been coming here for years and recently began breeding foreign finches again. I thought it would be great to involve local school children who can be invited to “adopt” birds and find out more about them.’

After a formal launch by the Lord Mayor on Monday, there will be a symbolic release of four domesticated foreign finches by children from the nearby St George’s Beneficiary School.

The birds have been bred at Andy’s home.

Andy is now looking for a team of volunteers to help ensure the birds thrive.

The reopening is at 2.30pm on Monday at the aviary in Victoria Park.