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Rescued birds not welcome at Ourburystedmunds events

Coralie Mainwaring (founder and trustee of A1 Parrot Rescue) with some of her birds
Coralie Mainwaring (founder and trustee of A1 Parrot Rescue) with some of her birds

An animal rescue charity has hit out at a decision to ban its birds from future displays in Bury St Edmunds.

Officials at Ourburystedmunds, Bury’s Business Improvement District, this week told the owner of Stanton-based A1 Parrot Rescue her birds were ‘not suitable’ for their events, despite having allowed them to attend two previously.

Coralie Mainwaring with Norman, a male eclectus
Coralie Mainwaring with Norman, a male eclectus

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, said the popularity of the organisation’s events, which include Bury’s Whitsun Fayre and the Food and Drink Festival, meant it did not have the space needed to accommodate the charity’s parrots, which are ‘all quite large and all quite noisy’.

It has, however, invited the charity to take up a stall on the charity market which runs during Bury’s Christmas lights switch-on event, just as long as its parrots are left at home.

Mr Cordell said: “With their parrots, unfortunately, due to the popularity of our events, the space they would require and consideration of other stall-holders, it’s just not practical.”

But Coralie Mainwaring, the charity’s founder, says the birds are what gets her stall noticed and without them she would be unlikely to raise the money needed to pay for the pitch, or to be able to promote her charity fully.

She said: “It’s having the birds that brings the donations in. If they were willing to just let us take a couple, then that would be fine. Our birds are used to noise, they’re used to people and they’re used to going out.”

Mrs Mainwaring’s colourful birds – which currently include parrotlets, macaws, cockatoos and even an owl – helped raise a vital £500 for the self-funded charity at Bury’s Christmas Fayre last year.

This was enough to fund an entire month’s supply of vitamins, fresh food and seed for its 100 plus feathered friends.

“They do make an amazing display,” said Mrs Mainwaring.


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