Hoo-hoo-who’s been at Dunscar

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Customers and staff were able to meet owls cared for by the Leyland-based Barn Owl Bill Trust at Dunscar on Sunday(12th August.

Owls on display included Dunscar the snowy owl, who has been sponsored by us since 2009, while volunteers from the Trust gave a presentation on owls and the work of the Trust to rescue them.  Lalibela Bolton, 11 years old from Southport, was one of the customers who came along to meet the owls.

Leyland-based Bill Higham has been caring for injured and orphaned owls since 1988 and works with organisations such as the RSPCA, the RSPB and the Police.  Two out of three birds rescued are returned to the wild with a 98% success rate.  Some, however, cannot be returned and they become very tame and it is these birds Bill uses for presentations. The birds are very safe to handle and include barn owls, tawny owls and European eagle owls.

Bill says: “Our work, rescuing and rehabilitating owls, birds of prey and other wildlife, is heavily reliant on donations, sponsorship and assistance from the general public.  Events such as the talks at Dunscar also help educate the public as to the plight of birds of prey – few people know that many birds of prey are actually endangered.”

For more information go to www.barnowlbill.co.uk.