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20th November 2019

Expansion at Owl Sanctuary


Over the last year, staff and volunteers have been leading a double life! Not only have they been carrying out their usual variety of falconry duties ensuring the efficient running of the sanctuary and raptor hospital, but they have also been working tirelessly behind the scenes to bring a whole new dimension to the visitor experience.
An extension to the sanctuary has been developed adjacent to the original site, with a public walkway giving access from the flying ground seating area. This new annexe offers a spacious indoor facility (including toilets and handwashing stations) with opportunities for hands on play particularly suitable for toddlers and younger children.
In the new outside area staff have worked hard over the past months to create spacious, species specific aviaries for the British native contingent of birds. These include red kites, golden eagles, buzzards and native owls. The high standard of workmanship and creative thinking behind the new development brings some of the most impressive species into close proximity and the scale of the larger birds, for example the Golden Eagles, is accentuated by their hugely impressive accommodation.
Visitors are still able to mingle amongst the more exotic owls and other birds of prey, including the great grey owls, spectacled owls, great horned and eagle owls within the original sanctuary grounds, but can extend their visit to the new aviaries, just a few short steps away.
Throughout the winter months there are no structured flying displays, however many of the sanctuary’s avian residents are exercised by the falconry team daily and visitors are able experience these sessions at close quarters.
The pretty Woodland Walk is home to the cheeky meerkat family, shy red squirrel colony and the entertaining ferrets! The meerkats are fed daily at 11am and 3pm.
The sanctuary also includes a relaxing sensory garden with tactile sculptural seating, herb border and water feature and the custom built play area boasts a wheelchair accessible roundabout, double width slide and jumbo circular swing.
There is an indoor interactive Discovery Centre and unique owlie gift shop and parking is free. For further details ‘phone 0345 680 7897 (option 3) or email info@owl-help.org.uk

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