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.
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
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.
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.