Owls make flying visit

October 26, 2017

People we support at Polwell Lane and the Blossoms had a real ‘hoot’ recently when they were visited at their home in Kettering, Northants by some unusual visitors, owls, for one of their interactive sessions.

Six rescue owls were brought in by Tony Hewitt of ‘Owls to Behold’ in September. 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 the owls and they had the chance to don the heavy duty glove and hold them.  They are such majestic birds and they sat on their arms so well.

One person we support, Angela, loves owls but had never seen one close up. Tony took up one of the smaller owls and sat him on her arm. She was absolutely delighted.

Tony 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.

It was great for everyone to get the chance to see and feel the beautiful birds up close.

Everyone agreed, the visit made for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. While some people knew a little bit about these birds of prey, some facts about the owls did surprise and they look forward to welcoming Tony, back again.

If you would like to find out more about life at Polwell Lane or the Blossoms, our activities and events, please contact the homes. Both services are rated ‘Good’ by regulator, the Care Quality Commission. For more information on how you can meet these beautiful birds visit: www.facebook.com/pg/owlstobehold/about/

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