Avon Owls appeal for charity donations

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 January 2015

Avon Owls planting new memorial Hedges, Darren Jenkins and Tony Martin.

Avon Owls planting new memorial Hedges, Darren Jenkins and Tony Martin.

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JUST one 'final step' is needed to help a bird sanctuary off the ground and open to the public.

Avon Owls, a bird of prey rescue charity based in Banwell, is almost ready to spread its wings after a year-long appeal to find bigger and better headquarters.

The charity began in Darren Jenkins’ back garden at his home in Winscombe.

But it soon needed a new nest as increasing numbers of injured birds found their way to the centre.

After 12 months of searching and appeals, the charity found a new home in Banwell and was in its new home by July last year. Mr Jenkins says the centre is now close to opening to the public so it can start earning, but just a few more steps are needed.

He said: “We need some wood and chippings, as well as needing to raise £4,000 to get the final part of the sanctuary up and running.

“It would secure everything we need, it’s the final step to get the sanctuary open to the public all day every day and generate our own income to become self-sufficient.”

The bird refuge needs five tonnes of chippings to create a path and some volunteers to help add the final finishing touches.

They have been given plants as part of a World War One commemorative project, organised by the Woodland Trust. Hedges and shrubs will be planted along the edge of the car park and neighbouring field to make a wildlife haven.

Mr Jenkins said: “At the moment we have got an area where we are going to plant, we have the plants themselves, but there are brambles in the bank and we need to clear it. People don’t realise how much wildlife is here, we had two deer in the car park the other day.

“We just need a few people up here to clear it and get the ball rolling.”

Visit www.avonowls.co.uk to find out how you can help.

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