Orphaned birds have the chance of a new life thanks to an aviary provided by a Castletown community group.
It’s a busy time for anyone caring for orphaned birds, such as Castletown’s Barbara Cole.
Starlings, thrushes, blackbirds, robins, sparrows and doves – sent to her by the ManxSPCA – have all been in her care in recent weeks.
And now she has had a ‘release aviary’ built to help complete the last stage of rehabilitation before they are ‘soft released’ into the wild.
Barbara explained: ‘The aviary allows them to come and go until they are ready for independence.’
As Barbara is doing the rearing for charity, the Castletown Ale Drinkers’ Society covered the cost of the aviary, at £500.
Meanwhile there are plenty more orphaned birds to care for.
To help, contact the ManxSPCA on 851672.