we rescue owls
Our charity is much needed as it is one of the few organisations which will go out to rescue owls and birds of prey
We care for injured or disabled birds, releasing back in to the wild wherever possible otherwise providing them with a home should we be unable to return them to the wild.
At the trust we aim to educate the general public about Birds of Prey through our Educational and fundraising displays.
Barn Owl Bill is concerned about the pesticides being used in this country, most bird of prey fatalities are due to these. He is also worried about salt poisoning. Salt poisoning occurs when members of the public put bacon rind out for the birds to eat. Often these birds are then taken as food by the birds of prey, transferring the salt into the birds. Salt makes the birds the birds thirsty and they often venture out of their safe nests when they wouldn’t normally do so, to get a drink. At this point the birds are very vulnerable and can often be killed. Although birds of prey are beautiful to look at they do not make good pets. They are hard to look after and many people cannot give them the attention they need. Often birds are abandoned after being bought with little or no knowledge about the care they require. These birds then find it difficult to return to the wild having previously been given food rather than hunting themselves. They are also less aware of the dangers they face having lived in captivity. If you see an injured bird do not attempt to rescue it yourself. Find an adult that you know – never talk to strangers – and ask them to help you. They will need to wear thick gloves as sick or injured birds can be very defensive and may try to defend themselves or escape. Place the bird in a dry cardboard box and take it to a local vet. If in the North West of England contact Barn Owl Bill for further advice.
Team Barn Owl Bill
Sadly our 18 year old White-faced Scops Owl ‘Otis’ passed away. Otis came to BarnOwlBill along with some other owls as his owner had terminal cancer. During his time with us he was always a grumpy old man and would often growl at Bill and the volunteers as they passed his aviary. A few years[…]
Thought we would upload some new pics from the Sanctuary.
Hi Everyone On New Years day a member of the public brought a Kestrel in to us. He had been found on the road near Penwortham, Preston. The Kestrel was wet and it looked as though he may have been clipped by a car, although we can’t be sure – he was certainly stunned and[…]
Hello Everyone Here at the Barn Owl Bill Owl and Bird of Prey sanctuary we are hopeful that 2014 will be a better year for us than 2013. 2013 most certainly had it’s ups and downs, but we made it out the other end and we are now looking forward to what 2014 will bring. […]
We now have new roofs on 11 of the 12 aviaries that needed replacing and would like to put out a big thank-you to everyone that came along and offered help and support. Radio Lancashire came down to the sanctuary to broadcast their show ‘live’ from Barn Owl Bill HQ! Sadly[…]
Hello everyone, just thought I would update you on recent happenings in the world of BarnOwlBill. A baby tawny owl was brought to the sanctuary with a damaged leg. Unfortunately he had to be put to sleep and the damage turned out to be a birth defect. A collection box was left at Longridge vets[…]
We were called out about a Peregrine Falcon which had been found at the side of the road in Lostock Hall, unfortunately it was dead on arrival We have reported this to the Wildlife officer.
As many of you already know Barn Owl Bill’s health has been doing it’s best to break his spirit recently. Bill suffers from osteoporosis and cervical spondylosis and the pain brought on by these conditions has become worse over recent months, despite Bill visiting specialists and spending time in hospital. In addition to this the[…]
We would just like to say thank-you to the Lancashire Evening Post who wrote a great article about the very sad passing of our 16 year old Barn Owl Pauly. If anyone didn’t see the article in the paper it can be found online here