Bournemouth is the largest town in Dorset. It is situated on the South East coast. Bournemouth Gardens cover a wide area from Bournemouth Pier towards Poole. Created in the nineteenth century and now Grade II listed, they follow the River Bourne and contain many significant landmarks such as the Town Hall and the Pavilion Theatre.
While there are many interesting features contained within Bournemouth Gardens, the colour which inspired me for today’s yarn came from Bournemouth Aviary, located in the Lower Gardens. The aviary has been on the site for more than 100 years. Most of the birds living there are rescued or have issues meaning they require special care. The aviary is staffed entirely by volunteers and is run using sponsorships and donations.
Many different birds of various species and colours live in the aviary, but in this instance it was the Golden pheasant which caught my eye. I copied the bright red and golden yellow colouring as well as the darker red feathers that can be seen on his wings.
A new, larger aviary than the one pictured has recently opened, giving the birds even more room. There are two publicly viewable areas, with areas for birds which require extra attention in a private area. You can read more about the Aviary on the Bournemouth Aviary website.
Golden Pheasant by Becca
Ethan Doyle White, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons