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This article will describe alterations made by the University of Glasgow to increase the welfare of our Zebra finches by providing them with a more complex environment to engage with. It will describe how we have maximised the enrichment potential within the cages giving our finches greater choices of activity, thus improving their quality of life. Furthermore, it will discuss how adjustments made to the macro environment have positively impacted on our finches, enabling them to display a range of natural behaviours that would not normally occur in a research environment. Modifications include providing a variety of perches, hanging millet sprays, providing access to a bath, as well as changes in temperature and lighting.