Avon Owls is a grass roots, volunteer run, registered charity,
We are home to over 40 birds of oprey which have come into us from all over the country for a variety of reasons.
We have outgrown our present site and are having to turn birds away due to lack of room. We need to find a field or piece of woodland to make a permanent base for the charity, where we can home the birds and extend our hospital unit.
Once established, we can open our centre to schools and the public alike, which will enable everyone to experience these wonderful creatures at close quarters.
More than 20 of the birds we house have been rescued for one reason or another, but through no fault of their own. We have taken in birds from the National Wildlife Crime Unit, DEFRA, Avon and Somerset Police, as well as those we have rescued ourselves.
Recently we rescued a wild tawny owl; luckily this guy was unharmed and returned to the wild within 48 hours. Not all the wild birds that come in are so lucky! You can see his story on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/avonowls
With a new and larger site we will be able to take in more birds and provide a more natural environment for those which cannot be released back into the wild.
Our aim is to build an education centre for schools and other groups who will be able to visit us. For instance, we recently took some of our birds to a centre for adults with learning difficulties and the look of wonder and excitement on their faces was a joy to behold!
For more information and to see some of the birds we have in our care please visit our website at:
At present we are on a piece of rented land, and our monthly rent and utility charges have gone up by 65% this year. As it stands, we are paying more to our landlord than we spend on the birds in our care!
I have been running this charity for 12 years now and I am not happy with this situation. I and my volunteers and fellow trustees have made the decision to leave our present site and start over on land that we own. Then we can put all our efforts into caring for the birds and providing a world class educational facility, in which I hope you will all be able to enjoy and participate.