PHOTOS: Animal charity hosts open day

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Animal enthusiasts turned out in numbers at the weekend to get up close and personal with a range of cute creatures.

Open day at Avon Owls in Banwell. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Open day at Avon Owls in Banwell. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Avon Owls, in Banwell, hosted an open day on Sunday, with a sizeable crowd enjoying learning about the centre’s birds of prey.

The star attractions at the open day were a pair of new additions – spectacled owls named Mokka and Cream.

Expert volunteers were on hand to share their insight on the birds and how to handle them.

The charity, which rescues birds before re-homing or releasing them into the wild, is home to 40 creatures.

Open day at Avon Owls in Banwell. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Open day at Avon Owls in Banwell. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

And the organisation has plans to expand, with a growing need to recruit more volunteers.

Avon Owls is also raising money to buy a new base as its current home, in Whitley Head, is too small for its needs.

For more on the charity, visit www.avonowls.org

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Sammie meeting Migget the Little Owl at Avon Owls Open Day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sammie meeting Migget the Little Owl at Avon Owls Open Day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Sammie meeting Migget the Little Owl at Avon Owls Open Day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Sammie meeting Migget the Little Owl at Avon Owls Open Day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Sidney the Buzzard with Christine LaCorte meeting members of the public at Avon Owls open day. Pi

Sidney the Buzzard with Christine LaCorte meeting members of the public at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Lee Jenkins with Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Mojo the Bengal Eagle Owl at Avon Owls open day. Picture: MARK ATHERTON - Credit: Archant