Birdline UK Pop-Up event for rescue parrots welcomes visitors to find out more about these stunning and intelligent birds

Parrots invaded St John’s Hall next to Tesco in Barnstaple today (Saturday) as a pop up parrot show came to town.

The event hosted by Birdline UK was an opportunity for anyone who wants to re-home a parrot or find out more about the fascinating birds to meet a few face-to-beak.

Barnstaple mayor Julie Hunt and husband David dropped in to see the show and have a chat with Birdline charity volunteers – and meet a few parrots too.

There were around 20 birds at the event, from a variety of different species but all rescued.

Volunteer Lexi Edwards, nine, with Charlie the Amazon. Picture: Tony GussinVolunteer Lexi Edwards, nine, with Charlie the Amazon. Picture: Tony Gussin

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

Parrots can live for up to 80 years but make great pets and companions.

The charity is keen to hear from anyone who would like to foster a parrot or could offer a ‘safe house’ where rescued birds can be rehabilitated and evaluated before going on to new homes.

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

Dennis Crockford with Rio the magnificent hyacinth macaw. Picture: Tony GussinDennis Crockford with Rio the magnificent hyacinth macaw. Picture: Tony Gussin

Nick Spiller with Snowball, a seven-year-old sulphur-crested cockatoo. Picture: Tony GussinNick Spiller with Snowball, a seven-year-old sulphur-crested cockatoo. Picture: Tony Gussin