THE NEW aviary in Bournemouth's Lower Gardens has been repainted in a bid to make the birds more visible. 

The Cooper-Thompson Rescue Aviary has had a new lick of paint by the council. 

A spokesperson for BCP Council said: "We've had a lot of feedback about the difficulty in viewing the birds inside the new Bournemouth Aviary and as a result, we're currently trialling several options to increase visibility for everyone. 

Bournemouth Echo: Aviary being painted. Picture by BCP CouncilAviary being painted. Picture by BCP Council

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“Options need to be safe for the birds, withstand the birds pecking and be consistent with the design guidance in the planning conditions. 

“Our trials are developing, and if successful will be introduced over the coming weeks so everyone can all have a squawking good time in Bournemouth this summer.” 

The new landmark structure, which houses around 200 tropical birds, received widespread criticism from residents and tourists saying the birds were not visible through the double layered metal grill. 

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Bournemouth Echo: Where are the birds? Picture by BNPSWhere are the birds? Picture by BNPS

Visitors to the aviary that cost more than £400,000 branded it a “waste of public money” because they cannot see inside it. 

As reported, Paul Rice, from Marlborough, who frequently visits Bournemouth with partner, Karron Fitchett, said: “The majority of people just walk past now because they can't see inside. 

“£400,000 is a lot of money for that, isn't it? You can't see a thing - all you can see is shadow.” 

The aviary was funded by £266,255 in public donations - as well as a £150,000 community infrastructure levy from the BCP Council and the Parks Foundation.