Avon Owls need £45k for new rescue centre

PUBLISHED: 09:37 14 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:37 14 July 2016

Avon Owls founder Darren Jenkins with Nyra

Avon Owls founder Darren Jenkins with Nyra

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Avon Owls, a charity based in Banwell, has launched a campaign to raise £45,000 to create a new rescue and rehabilitation centre.

The centre currently cares for around 45 owls and other birds of prey, but it is desperately running out of space.

The charity is also under pressure following an increase in the rent at its current headquarters, which founder Darren Jenkins says is making life even harder.

Mr Jenkins said: “The increased cost of our rent is going to make it impossible for us to continue in the next couple of years and then where will the birds go?”

The charity rescues birds from unsuitable homes, dishonest breeders or those found abandoned. The current site holds a bird hospital, specially designed aviaries and a small team of committed volunteers.

The centre was founded 10 years ago and has cared for and rehomed more than 50 birds.

Mr Jenkins said: “Avon Owls is run solely by volunteers and all of our funding comes from donations – even our vet is voluntary.”

The charity is on the hunt for an area of woodland or open land it can purchase. In time, Mr Jenkins hopes to develop the site and open it to the public.

Mr Jenkins said: “We are so grateful for the support we receive but we desperately need bigger better premises.”

To find out more about Avon Owls, go to www.avonowls.org.uk or to make a donation to the Give A Hoot campaign, go to www.gofundme.com/hoothome


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