Charity needs to raise £45k for a new home so it can rescue more birds
PUBLISHED: 09:49 12 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 January 2017
A charity which rescues owls and birds of prey has re-launched a £45,000 campaign to help it find a new home.
Avon Owls is based in Banwell and cares for birds which have been injured or can no longer survive in the wild.
Some birds are nursed back to health and released, while others are looked after permanently by the charity.
However, Avon Owls has outgrown its current headquarters and is now having to turn birds away because it has no free space.
Rising rent is also putting pressure on the charity, so its founder Darren Jenkins has re-launched its Find A Hoot A Home campaign.
A total of £5,000 has already been raised towards a new site, which would allow it to create a new rehabilitation and rescue centre.
But £40,000 is still needed to make Darren’s dream a reality – with the hope a new site could also create the potential for a new education centre.
Mr Jenkins said: “We have got 45 captive birds on site and about half of them are rescues.
“In the last few years we have had about 20 birds of prey come into us and the majority have been returned to the wild.
“But, we have outgrown our current site, we simply have nowhere else to put enclosures, we are out of space.”
Avon Owls was founded as a not-for-profit organisation 10 years ago and officially became a charity four years ago. It has cared for and re-homed dozens of birds, including tawny owls, sparrow hawks, eagle owls and other birds of prey.
Darren told the Mercury he hopes to find a new field within a 10-mile radius of Weston, and added: “We would ideally want a place we can buy, so we own the land and we are free to build and grow, but we are open to options.
“What we really want to do is create an education centre, so we can host even more events and teach children and adults more about owls, birds of prey and our work.”