As someone who is interested in ornithology I have noticed over the years a few concerning points with collections and the bird species they keep and where they keep them. Most collections have very poor aviaries for birds with many very outdated and very small with many species crammed into them, some of the so called bigger UK zoos even have so much shrubbery and foliage from tree’s that there is actually nowhere for the birds to fly or even stretch their wings. Imagine if that was to happen say to the herd of elephants at Twycross zoo (size of herd I mean maybe say 15 females and 2 males) out door area that had been halved due to a new exhibit the outcry would be so bad it wouldn’t stop for years but because it’s birds that are living in poor conditions then nothing said. Why don’t collections upgrade their aviaries or even keep species that would be more appropriate in the aviaries they have, the variety of species around the UK for bird lovers is diminishing at an alarming rate as most collections now seem to keep the basically same species with only a few Bird collections actually keeping rarities. Some indoor exhibits look great but why are they left unmanned when the public are allowed in them and when you actually approach members of staff they don’t seem bothered but if it was a Lemur walkthrough then they would have lots to say. Some zoos keep species that are no longer rare in the UK at the expense of UK species that are in danger of disappearing for good why, Little Egret being one species this bird has been on an unstoppable breeding success in the UK for over 5 years now and is even more common than most UK wader species and yet collections keep stocking this species and even claim it’s rare. The Great white egret on the other hand is a rare species within the UK and would quite easily fit in with any Flamingo collection with no problems (like wild grey herons do when it comes to feeding time). I have highlighted these species but there are many others that need help and yet we see no action from UK zoos to help the UK bird populations, why don’t the bigger collections have a UK endangered area (not just birds but mammals, reptiles and insects) or isn’t that money grabbing enough for the collections to bother with these days zoos are for conservation allegedly as they say not about grabbing every last little penny out of the public they can or are they just lying to make it sound good to keep animals enclosed in an area that is nothing like the area they live in the wild?