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During our travels this weekend, my boyfriend and I got to stroke the soft, fluffy tummy of one of these fine fellows, courtesy of the Screech Owl Sanctuary. We made a donation to support their work.

You can find out all about them at http://www.screechowlsanctuary.co.uk/

The sanctuary’s aims are:

  • To provide care and rehabilitation for sick and injured wild owls in Cornwall. To ensure their safe release into the wild on recovery or, if permanently disabled, to provide a comfortable home in a suitable environment.

  • To promote awareness of the conservation needs of owl species and their natural habitats by working with schools, youth organisations, groups and individuals of all ages.

  • To enable visitors to see and touch owls at close proximity under staff supervision as well as providing a talk and guided tour of the centre to all visitors.

  • To work towards optimum accessibility for people with disabilities or special needs, who we welcome. To provide whatever is necessary to ensure no-one is excluded from hands-on education, and to provide a supportive and caring environment.

  • To win the support and involvement of our community for practical conservation issues and to offer a centre of interest and enjoyment providing affordable and accessible hands-on experience.

  • To provide information on the building and siting of owl nest boxes in suitable areas to enhance the wild population of owls, especially the declining barn owl. We also give advice to farmers and landowners on building requirements, barn conversions and land management.

  • To undertake captive breeding programmes, which conserve for the future many owl species which may be depleting in population, and which include the re-introduction of birds into the wild.