This charity was originally founded by Mrs Yvonne MacMillan, whose love of parrots created the sanctuary on the island of Kerrera. Yvonne retired in 2013 and the sanctuary relied on the whole on the kindness of volunteers.
This simply was not a sustainable or viable option, particularly with the high costs of island life and difficulty of emergency access. Since May 2015 our flocks of parrots have been successfully moved from the island of Kerrera and are being looked after by permanent on-site knowledgeable and parrot orientated carers on the Scottish mainland.
The birds have all settled fantastically and are thriving under this consistent loving care. Along with the move to the mainland, the current board of directors has expanded. Under this new direction, we have been working closely with OSCR (the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator), Companies House and HMRC, vets and animal welfare authorities to ensure not only the best possible future for the parrots but that the required governance and frameworks expected of charities are in place.
With this change of location, it was decided to officially change the name of the charity to Parrot Trust Scotland (SC041254) in February 2016.
The charity aim remains as before, that is, our parrots’ health, happiness and welfare but this new identity also allows us added direction of more accessible education and parrot owner support plus the opportunity to become the centre for excellence that our current birds and any who come to us in the future deserve. Moving forward, this also gives us a renewed enthusiasm to progress with raising the charity profile, fundraising and networking in order to develop a purpose-built facility in Scotland’s central belt for all our parrots.
Until such a time when funding has been procured for this facility, the flocks will remain in the current care situation.
Whilst the charity name has changed, our account with RBS remains the same to ensure continuity. All proceeds go directly to the care of our parrots and we appreciate your kindness and generosity.
We will be announcing a number of fundraising events soon, and hope that you will continue to support us and even join us on this exciting journey onwards and upwards! We will continue to provide updates here on our website, Facebook and via our sponsor newsletter.
Until then, please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further information. With heartfelt thanks for all of your continuing support.
Karen has a professional and managerial background. She has two re-homed macaws and is proactive in general public awareness and education regarding parrot welfare and wellbeing. She also supports the conservation of endangered parrots.
Matthew works as an energy advisor and is currently looking after three budgies. In his spare time he enjoys hill walking, reading, photography and the theatre.
Iain works in the chemical industry and is owned by an african grey. He enjoys photography, playing badminton and watching Ice Hockey.
Nancy has just retired from Local Government. She has had parrots of her own for over 30 years. She also has 4 rescue corvids. She is passionate about promoting avian welfare, behaviour and education.
Becky joined as a director in April 2019
Leom joined as a director in April 2019