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Paul Forman

Co-Founder of Safehaven Parrot Refuge. 

Hello! My name is Paul and in July 1986, Christine (my wife) and I came together with the intention of starting a Parrot Refuge.  In those days Parrot Rescues were very scarce and Christine had worked in a commercial Bird Rescue that had closed down.  By Christmas we had three B/G macaws and four dwarfs.  Without advertising by 1997 we had over 100 birds of all types mostly in aviaries.  Then the Daily Express gave us a two page spread in their colour supplement and included our phone number and birds flooded in.  We used to pay for everything ourselves so our finances were at rock bottom, it was suggested we became a Charity- and here we are today!



My name is Tara. I have lived with parrots since I was three or four. My dad had a Blue Fronted Amazon, and an aviary full of different species. I believe this is where my interest in parrots started, and when my dad passed away, I took his Amazon on as my own. After this, I got the bug! Over the years I have assessed, rehabilitated and rehomed many different species, often with quite severe behavioural difficulties.

My expertise is with the larger species, especially Macaws and Cockatoos, however, I have extensive experience with many species. I am now owned by 2 Macaws, 2 Congo African Greys and 1 Amazon. 


My name is Mel, since I was a child I have always been into birds. Growing up I had a few finches then in my late teens, some cockatiels. Once I had children I didn't have as much time for my birdie friends so stepped away from them.

In 2013 I fell back into the bird world with a private rescue of 12 birds which I managed to rehome all but one myself, a canary called Storm. Around 16 months later, Storm sadly passed away and I went looking for another bird which was when I came across Blue, my Indian Ringneck.


Since then I have safe housed and cared for hundreds of different birds of many species, small, medium and large, including pluckers, self mutilators and screamers. I currently have 6 of my own birds, an Eclectus, Blue Fronted Amazon, two African Greys, an Indian Ringneck and a Cockateil. 

My name is Tracy, I have kept birds for around 8 years. My first parrot was a Jenday Conure, and I now have a Galah Cockatoo who is around 15years old and a Lesser Sulphur Crested Cockatoo who is around 8 years old. 

Syd the Galah, either loves me or hates me and can change between the two within seconds, he is a bit like Jekyll and Hyde! Snowy is a little love bug and doesn't have a bad bone in his body. 

My expertise lie with Cockatoos but I have experience with many species and have lost count of how many birds I have safehoused over the years. 


My name is Lynn

My name is Charlie and I have 3 rescues, a Yellow Nape Amazon, a Galah Cockatoo and a Quaker who I love more than life itself! I also have two of my own Greenwing macaws who are crazy but so loving. I have been around parrots from a young age and have safehoused hundreds of birds, ranging from Cockateils to Macaws and Cockatoos, with a range of behavioural difficulties.

Everyday I learn something new! I love being part of a fantastic team, who are always on hand to help someone if needed. 


We are always on the look out for new bird-loving people to join our team!

Whether you are new to keeping birds, or an expert, we will welcome you all!

*Do you want to short-term foster birds for us that are waiting for their new homes? 

*OR maybe you want to be more active in the running's of the charity and become an Area Coordinator- someone who is responsible for rescuing, transporting, home-checking and re-homing birds in your care! 

*We also welcome those that can't look after parrots, for whatever reason that may be, BUT would like to offer their admin skills in helping us keep information safe and up-to-date or run our social media pages!

Click here to FIND OUT MORE about how YOU can help Safehaven Parrot Refuge.