Support Birdworld during Covid-19 closure

Update:  (May 1st 2020)
We have made it!  Our initial target of £10,000 has been reached thanks to all your support.  We have been humbled by the generosity of all our supporters, thank you all.  This target was set to cover the basic costs of food, health care, and housing of our animal collections for a month. Unfortunately a month has passed and we are still closed with no real indication of when we might be able to start to open our doors again. We have therefor decided to extend our GoFundMe campaign and increase the goal to cover another month. In doing this we do not expect people who have already made donations to do so again, but would be very grateful if you could keep on sharing and promoting Birdworld and our fundraising efforts.  

We are of course exploring all other options, including potential support from the government through DEFRA, but this is in the very early stages at present ad may come to nothing.  It is also now possible for people to buy vouchers for our experiences, animal adoptions and annual memberships through our website, which also provides us with income at this difficult time and a great option for those who would rather buy something than simply donate.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for millions of British businesses, including Zoos around the world. Birdworld has had to close its doors to visitors meaning that we now have no income to support the upkeep of our animals or for ongoing support of threatened species in the wild through our conservation fund.  

This leaves us in a perilous position with significant costs for the day to day care of our animals, and our dedicated animal care team. We are doing all we can to ensure the long-term survival of Birdworld in these difficult times and will ensure the welfare of our animals is top priority.  

To do this we need your help with funding for food, heating and veterinary care and to help with the upkeep of our amazing animals.

Our monthly costs for this basic animal care are in the region of 10 thousand pounds to cover the food, housing and medical care.  Funds raised will help us to cover these costs whilst we are closed and allow us as an organisation to continue to work with our partners in conservation

Birdworld  has been a popular visitor attraction on the Surrey /Hampshire border for over 50 years, providing education and recreation for several generations of visitors.  Birdworld also provides financial and technical support for several conservation projects for species threatened in the wild.  Through our living collections we support many breeding programs for species such as the Socorro Dove which is extinct in the wild and would not exist without the collaborative efforts of zoos. Other species we support include African and Humboldt penguins both of which are declining rapidly in the wild, and we have supported rescue efforts for the Lesser Flamingo during a time of acute crisis.  More locally we supported the reintroduction of the Great Bustard into the Wiltshire countryside and are involved with plans to support the threatened European Turtle Dove.


  • Harriet Whitford 
    • £20 
    • 2 hrs
  • Graeme Middlemiss  
    • £10 
    • 3 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 11 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • £9 
    • 16 hrs
  • Y Smith 
    • £50 
    • 19 hrs
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Fundraising team: Birdworld Supporters (6)

Duncan A Bolton 
Raised £1,676 from 38 donations
Holt Pound, South East England, United Kingdom
Mark Anderson 
Team member
Raised £225 from 4 donations
Ben Harrison 
Team member
Raised £145 from 3 donations
Lisa Looker 
Team member
Raised £125 from 3 donations
Alex Bolton 
Team member
Raised £40 from 3 donations
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