set to go on show at Secret World's August open weekend
stunning owls are just some of the 'nature's hunters' you can
meet at Secret World Wildlife Rescues open weekend over
the August bank holiday weekend.
centre in East Huntspill aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release
wildlife wherever possible, but they also house a few special
residents like these owls, who play an important role in inspiring
people to learn about and protect wildlife.
to Secret World will be able to get up close to the owls and other
birds of prey during the centres open weekend from 29th-31st
bird handler Helen Ditchfield told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
love seeing peoples reactions when they meet our birds of
prey. Children and adults alike are fascinated by their patterns
and features and often comment that they had never realised quite
how beautiful these birds are."
team at Secret World has rescued thirty-seven owls already this
year and is currently caring for a number of owlets on site who
will be released back into the wild when they are big enough,
including four orphaned barn owls.
owls are a much-loved bird in the United Kingdom, with their beautiful
white feathers and heart-shaped face. Sadly there are now fewer
than 4,000 barn owls in this country however. Their decline has
been partly due to exceptional wet weather, flooding in previous
years and the use of rodent-killing poisons.
can learn more about owls and how to protect them, as well as
meeting foxes and other animals, at the Nature's Hunters weekend.
Secret World will be open from 10am-4pm on 29th, 30th and 31st
will be free but all donations will be welcome and will help Secret
World save more owls and other wildlife.
centre is also in need of donations of wet food (tins or pouches)
of dog, cat and kitten food to feed hungry badgers, foxes and
Top, volunteer bird handlers Helen Ditchfield and Colin Dove with
several of the centre's owls (photo Jason Bryant) and above a
European Eagle Owl at the centre (photo Colin Haygarth)