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Knottingley school visit

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After doing 4 x 1 hour educational exhibitions  at Knottingley junior school on my own, I was shattered. I took 4 owls and a male harris hawk. Did a flying display for each class and every child held one or more birds. I used a teacher as a “volunteer” to help with flying display.
The children and staff loved it, and to show their appreciation they made me this wonderful card to say thank you.
I just wish to say thank you to all children and staff for a fantastic day and a wonderful card.

Brockholes Carnival

We are proud to announce that Wise Owl will be attending Brockholes Carnival on Sat 6 July 1pm- 5pm.
We will be holding a flying display and a static display as well.

Amazing Birds Of Prey Slow Motion Video

Isn’t this video absolutely fantastic? I would love to get some of my birds filmed like that!

 

Huddersfield Examiner Comment on Tawny Owl Release.

IT IS hard to imagine quite how Wayne and Katrina Auty must have felt  yesterday morning when they released a tawny owl they had nursed to health back  into the wild.

The Scissett couple were asked to take care of the owl which was found by a  walker trapped on a fishing line and badly injured.

Yesterday, the couple were able to return this beautiful adult bird to the  area where it was found in the hope that it will be reunited with its mate.

The Autys currently have 10 birds of prey at their Scissett home and say any  wild rescue birds stay with them until they recover and can be released back  into the wild.
It is thanks to their dedication, skill and patience that some of these  wonderful birds are restored to health and to their natural habitat. We applaud  them and wish them well in their future work

Read more: Examiner http://www.examiner.co.uk/views-and-blogs/comment/2012/11/23/rescue-bird-flies-back-home-86081-32289713/#ixzz2EejgoZdj

Owl You Need Is Love

What a terrible headline, but it’s nice to make the newspapers!

Read the full article from the Huddersfield Examiner here

Photos Of Our Birds From The ICCCR

The Tawny Owl

Back From The ICCCR15

The Citroen car show was a great hit. We were visited by people from all over the world, Australia, New Zealand, America and all over Europe.

Luckily the weather held out for the whole four days of the event. Due to the weather we had to keep spraying the birds with cold water to regulate their temperature as in the wild they would find somewhere cool.

We use a gazebo to provide shelter from the sun and rain and have never yet had a problem. Transporting our birds can cause a few headaches but nothing to worry about.

This time the show was only an hour away from base and the birds don’t seem to be bothered at all by a couple of hours in the car. It is always a worry though in case there is an accident but touch wood that hasn’t ever happened.

What we do at the shows is allow people to take their own photos holding the birds if they wish and just leave it up to them to leave a donation if they wish. We use the donations for the upkeep of our own birds and the rescue and rehabilitation of injured and orphaned wild birds.

Across the four days the birds were probably held by at least 500 people without problems. At this show we only did short distance flying and mainly it was a static display.

It obviously went well as we have been asked to do the Citroen Northern Rally next year. That is only a UK event as the international one only comes to the UK rarely. This year was the first one in the north of England although they have been down south once before.

We would like to thank the organisers and voulunteers that made the show such a great success. We are proud to have been part of it.

To all the folk who visited us, thank you and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

Mirfield Agricultural Show family day out – Kids FREE

On Sunday the 19th we will be at The Mirfield Show which should be a great day out for all the family.

Mirfield Family Agricultural Show takes place at Mirfield Showground alongside Huddersfield Road (A644) just outside Mirfield town centre. It is unique as it is only one of a handful of town centre based agricultural shows in the Yorkshire calendar. The showground is only ten minutes from Huddersfield, twenty minutes from Wakefield and within easy access from Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Manchester and other major cities around the north of England. We offer ample parking at Castle Hall School with a free park and ride service, plus there is a bus stop outside the showground and Mirfield railway station just five minutes walk away.

If you are coming to the show we would love to see you.

Kirklees Light Railway – Thomas The Tank Engine

The ICCC Show was a blast. We met hundreds of people who loved the birds.

Next weekend on Saturday the 18th and Monday the 20th we are at Kirklees Light Railway for their Thomas The Tank Engine weekend.

What is included in the train fare?

  • Entry to the event
  • A return trip to Shelley station
  • Rides along the platform at Clayton West with Thomas & Toby
  • Rides along the platform at Clayton West in the Troublesome Truck
  • Children will receive a Junior Engineer Certificate, a Thomas sticker and a Mega Bloks toy (subject to availability)
  • DVD screenings of the adventures of Thomas and his friends.
  • Face Painters who will turn children into something magical, ferocious or downright scary.
  • Donkey rides there and back again.
  • Bouncy Castles
  • A whirl behind the “Clayton Flyer” on the Duck Pond Miniature Railway
  • Imagination Station – where children will be able to stimulate their minds with colouring activities, puzzles, badge making, as well as a chance to play with the Thomas table top toys.
  • Children will be able to help Thomas’s Driver and the Fat Controller give Thomas a drink of his special Culdee Fell water brought specially from Sodor for him to drink!

And of course we will be there on the Saturday and Monday. Look us up!

Birds Of Prey by Uriah Heap

This hasn’t anything to do with anything but I just like it!

The lyrics are about a lady being like a bird of prey, but come and meet our birds and they will capture your heart!

(Box/Byron/Newton)
I can see that look that says beware
Try to move in closer if you dare
So I must sit and play my waiting game
And for a while I know she’ll do the same
Fly away

Watches like an eagle from its eerie
Then like a bird of prey she captures me
But I am older and more wise than you
Bird of prey straight into me you flew
Fly away

Now every time I’ve tried to set her free
I’m glad to say she comes right back to me
But if I knew she didn’t want to stay
I wouldn’t try to keep that lovely bird of prey