4th March 2013
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Barn Owl Centre near Gloucester to see the good work that the Charity are doing to reintroduce injured wild owls back into the wild and ensuring that unwanted domesticated owls have round the clock care. The Centre sits on a twelve acre farm to the south of Gloucester City and currently has over sixty-five owls and other birds of prey on in their care.
Some of these birds have suffered horrific brutality at the hands of former owners. Twenty six were removed from one Shropshire based individual after he was filmed kicking and punching some of the creatures which he had rescued and was supposedly caring for. Thankfully he was dealt with by the Courts for his abusive behaviour.
The Centre is about to embark on an exciting new adventure as its landlords, Gloucester City Council, gave permission in early February for the sale of the Farm to the charity. The Barn Owl Centre now needs to raise £150,000 to buy the Farm and begin building a long term sustainable rehabilitation centre for unwanted birds of prey. Thankfully the Charity Bank has agreed to help provide some of the funding towards this daunting price tag, but this will still be a challenging target even with their help.
If bird lovers are interested in helping create Gloucestershire’s first Barn Owl Sanctuary then I would encourage them to visit the Centre’s website at www.barnowl.co.uk and consider donating to this very worthwhile charity.