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Preston bird sanctuary’s advice about baby owls

Posted on - 30th May, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation
Baby tawny owl
Turbary Woods is getting daily calls from people worried about baby owls

A Preston bird sanctuary is offering advice about baby owls after becoming inundated with requests for help.

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Turbary Woods Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary says the increase has come since the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to people exercising in more remote areas such as woodlands.

A spokesperson for the sanctuary said: “We are getting concerned calls from the public day and night about finding baby tawny owls.

“If anyone finds an owlet on the ground or on a low branch – similar in size to the one in the photo – they should not take it away from where it’s found.

“Instead, pop it back up on a high branch and walk away. Don’t worry about human scent on the bird. They do pretend to act dead if frightened, but if you walk away and check from a distance it should start moving.

“Young fledgling owlets are learning to fly at this age, and its parents will be nearby to feed it. They will be flying in a matter of days. If taken away and hand reared, even for a short time, it will be very difficult to get them to survive by themselves in the wild.”

Read more: Clearance work at Larches House woodlands riles nearby residents

If you find an owlet that seems injured, you can contact Turbary Woods to organise getting it to the sanctuary.

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