A MAN who built an aviary razed to the ground by arsonists has vowed to rebuild it.
But 31-year-old Dominic Craven said the inferno which killed the 35 birds he owned had left many people in Bradley devastated.
Mr Craven had built the aviary and sheds at the site in woods close to Lower Quarry Road in Bradley.
Other people have greenhouses and vegetable patches at the same spot, but the site has attracted vandals in recent times.
Mr Craven had around 35 birds including cockatiels, finches, canaries, chickens, geese and ducks.
All but three chickens died immediately when the flames swept through the site at 2am on Sunday.
But they were so badly burned they had to be put down.
Mr Craven buried all the dead birds on the plot.
Mr Craven, who lives nearby, said: "It was a terrible sight. I've lost everything.
"So many people got a lot of pleasure out of visiting the aviary and people have rallied round to offer help and support since the weekend."
People have offered to help replace the livestock, while others have contacted Mr Craven to say they will help him rebuild the site.
He is now looking for 6ft by 6ft metal containers to store everything he needs to rebuild the site, along with bedding and feed for the new birds.
"I will rebuild it," he vowed. "I had an inkling something like this was going to happen.
"I'd had problem after problem over the last 12 months with windows smashed and a gate kicked off."
Firefighters from Brighouse and Mirfield spent more than two hours at the scene of the blaze.
Det Con Russ Conlon, of Kirklees CID intelligence unit, said: "We are following up leads into this crime and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us."
Phone Pc Martin Guy on 0845 6060606.