Ever wanted to have a parrot? The Birdline UK pop up event on Saturday, May 27 is your chance to find out more

You can meet Rio the rare hyacinth macaw at the Barnstaple pop up parrot event on Saturday, May 27You can meet Rio the rare hyacinth macaw at the Barnstaple pop up parrot event on Saturday, May 27

A pop up parrot event for rescued birds is being held in Barnstaple on Saturday, May 27.

Anyone who wants to re-home a parrot or find out more about these fascinating birds is welcome to come along to the Birdline UK Pop-Up event at St John’s Community Centre next to Tesco from 10.30am-4pm.

The charity is the equivalent of Dogs Trust for parrots and has a wide range of birds looking for loving new homes.

There will be more than 20 parrots at the event, including Rio the rare hyacinth macaw and it is a chance to chat to Birdline volunteers and meet some of their feathered friends.

Terry Aiken from Braunton is the regional manager for Birdline Parrot Rescue in Devon and has rehomed three parrots herself.

She said they were keen to hear from anyone who would like to rehome a parrot but also anyone who could offer a ‘safe house’ where rescued birds can be rehabilitated and evaluated before going on to new homes.

She said: “They are great companions and very much an integral part of my family. They don’t judge and it’s very rewarding knowing you have rescued a parrot.”

Terry looks after an orange-winged Amazon called Amber, aged 17, a Congo African grey called Biccy aged 15 and Suku, a Senegal parrot aged 10, helped by her daughters and fellow volunteers Charlotte, 16 and Jas, aged nine.

If you would like to re-home a parrot, experience is not necessary and Birdline is on hand to offer support and guidance.

The pop-up event on May 27 will include stalls, a children’s colouring competition as well as competitions for adults and refreshments – plus the chance to hold a parrot.

Visit www.birdline.org.uk to find out more about the charity and rehoming a bird.