Since November 1994 when we moved to our current location just off the A30 near Indian Queens, our owl hosptial has cared for many sick and injured owls from all over the South West. In the early days we also provided care and rehabilitation for other Birds of prey as well as owls, but as we have limited resources and facilities we now confine our care to just owls. Sometimes we feel just like the NHS with bed shortages, and the cost of building aviaries and enclosures has become extremely expensive. Below is a table of the species admitted, and many of these have been released back to their former locations when fit and well.

 

BIRD SPECIES NUMBERS
BARN OWLS 306
TAWNY OWLS 533
SHORT EARED OWLS 9
LONG EARED OWLS 1
LITTLE OWLS 3
COMMON BUZZARDS 96
KESTRELS 38
SPARROW HAWKS 40
PEREGRINES 6
HOBBYS 2
TOTAL SINCE 1994 1034

A short clip of a Tawny Owl release at Porthtowan:

A short clip of a barn owl release at Castle & Dinas:

During February 2013 we admitted a short eared owl into our hospital at the end of February this year, after it had been treated by Chris Gardner our vet at St.Clements in Truro. The owl had sustained a fractured left wing which was pinned by the vet and the owl was cared for in a contained environment with the wing strapped for the first 4 weeks. We were delighted to find after the wing was x-rayed that the bones were knitting together well and after a lengthy rehabilitation this owl went out into a convalescing aviary to build up wing muscle strength. Last week as the weather conditions were stable the owl was taken back to the exact location of its initial recovery with the finders in attendance and released. Hopefully it will be reunited with any family members or partner. If you would like to see some pictures of the release.

BARN OWL RELEASE

November 2013
You may recall that a fluffy baby barn owl was admitted into our hospital unit very late in the breeding season this year and he was nicknamed ‘Bouncer’ due to the fact he fell out of his nest and ‘bounced’ onto a conservatory roof!Well late afternoon yesterday with the upcoming spell of calm weather (finally) it was time for his release. Rachel and Tegan made the trek out to Lansallos, Looe and met up with Rose & Malcolm; the lovely couple that took the time to admit Bouncer into us after he came out of the nest too early. As you can see from the photographs with the positioning of the nest site, there was no way the couple could get Bouncer back in there.So with Bouncer in peak condition and the weather being spot on, we were delighted to release him back to Rose & Malcolm’s beautiful property. He flew off confidently and strongly into the most beautiful sunset. Another happy ending :)Thank you to Rose & Malcolm for the use of their wonderful photographs