All of a flutter at Heatherington House
People we support at Heatherington House had a real ‘hoot’ recently when they were visited at their home in Kettering, Northants by some unusual visitors, for one of their interactive sessions.
Ten rescue owls were brought in by Tony Hewitt of ‘Owls to Behold’ in November. They currently have several wild birds of prey in their care and they come in all sizes, some of which have been rescued when injured or unwanted and unable to be returned.
Tony and his wife Helen take the birds to the local vets to be cared for however, any that are injured so badly that they cannot be released are looked after at the Hewitt’s home for the rest of their lives.
Helping to raise money to keep and look after the birds, the Hewitt’s take the birds out giving informative talks and allowing guests to become very hands on.
Everyone present, loved learning about the owls and had plenty of opportunity to don a heavy duty glove and hold them. They are such majestic birds and they sat on their arms so well.
Tony was extremely patient and generous with his time, and nothing was too much trouble spending over three hours showing the birds. He explained how each one was rescued and what type of owls they were. He also gave the residents a fascinating talk about the owl’s personalities and how to handle them. The group all enjoyed hearing the very interesting facts about each of the owls, followed by a Q&A session.
Individuals and colleagues alike found the whole experience absolutely amazing and they loved it. Margaret and Emma at Heatherington House, are hoping to organise this again in the New Year, as three people we support missed out on this occasion and would love to share this experience too.
If you would like to find out more about life at Heatherington House, our activities and events, please contact the home. The service is rated ‘Good’ by regulator, the Care Quality Commission.
For more in formation on how you can meet these beautiful birds visit: www.facebook.com/pg/owlstobehold/about/