Schools Newsletter Takes Off

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The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary provides a comprehensive range of free education services for schools, both in terms of regional activity and free downloads to aid teachers and pupils in matters concerning wildlife care & conservation. We've just launched the latest issue of our Schools Newsletter, too … read on! Read More...

A Bad Egg

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Unfortunately there are negative sides to an interest in wildlife and wild birds in particular, and such is the case in the matter of collecting birds eggs illegally. Sad to say, one came to light right on our own doorstep just recently... Read More...

Great Grey Owl - The Phantom Of The North

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Our highly regarded Great Grey Owl, Taiga, has it comparatively easy here here in sometimes-chilly Suffolk - witness some fantastic images of the species on home ground in the wilds of Lapland and the story behind the getting of them by wildlife photographer Jules Cox… Read More...

Busy hospital days - and safe releases

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The last few weeks have been busy ones for our Raptor Hospital... Kestrels, Sparrowhawks, Little Owls & Tawny Owls have been amongst the intake. Read More...

Quick Thinking Saves The Day

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This week, the quick-thinking of a local Wildlife Trust supporter rescued a mature Tawny Owl from an uncertain fate Read More...

Helping Hands from Aviva

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Down amongst the brambles, something stirred. It was a group of volunteers from Aviva Solutions Medical Insurance, who came along to help us for the day... Read More...

Thornham Owl Project Annual Review

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In this annual report, our colleagues from the Thornham Owl Project review the progress they have made during 2012. Read More...

Sea Eagle Resurgence

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Though still unseen on the shorelands of East Anglia despite the efforts of Natural England to introduce them here, the White Tailed or Sea Eagle is making a steady comeback in Scotland. Read on, McDuff... Read More...

Three into Two WILL Go

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The wet summer has resulted in a profusion of late broods and delayed moulting, with many parent owls finding themselves incapable of feeding their offspring sufficiently. Though often the outcome can result in fatalities amongst the young, this week we were able to participate in a successful rescue operation. Read More...

Bird Crime against Birds of Prey

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The recently-published R.S.P.B. Bird Crime Report 2011 takes a hard look at the injustices meted out to birds of prey and has some positive recommendations as to how it could be better combatted. Read More...

Red Squirrel Update

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Although they do not hibernate, our colony of Red Squirrels are now preparing to bed down for the winter. Head Falconer Matt Lott explains…

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Butterflies at S.O.S.

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The plants in our small Butterfly Garden matured this year, though due to the wet weather, visitor numbers were small. Maz Robinson has the story... Read More...

A Fishy Story

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We're a bit out of our depth when it comes to Ospreys as they are not native to our neck of the woods, but we thought you'd like to see some amazing pictures of this skilled fish-eating bird hunting for its prey and hear the story behind them. Read More...

Ready for the off!

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This week were we able to release some long-term guests at the completion of their moult - news of this and some owlish jokes feature in this weeks blog.
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Green is the colour...

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Our recent Conservation Day attracted many visitors interested in the the continued welfare of local wildlife - and one or two odd creatures besides! Read More...

Bird Of Prey Day

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Our recent "Bird Of Prey Day" provided some insight into the world of falconry and demonstrated 'best practice' for those contemplating keeping a bird of their own. Read More...

New rehabilitation aviaries in demand

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An influx of injured wild birds has required we urgently erect some new rehabilitation aviaries to accommodate them after a spell in the hospital and prior to release - once again, our trusty volunteers and the generous support of sponsors and donors has enabled us to get on with the job! Read More...

An Owl, A Pussycat and a Python

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As the Royal Opera House and the Mayor Of London stage an opera of "The Owl & The Pussycat" as part of the Cultural Olympiad, we take a look at the video which inspired Monty Python's Terry Jones in writing the libretto.
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Work Experience - A Reader Writes!

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Almost every week you'll find youngsters at the Sanctuary on Work Experience taking time off from school to learn about the working environment but in the process many become enthused by what goes on. Harry Studd recounts his experiences of the past two weeks... Read More...

Release Day

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This week it was our pleasure to release five rescued young Tawny Owls back to nature, with Maz & Dean taking care of business... Read More...

Birds, Bees & other New Arrivals

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As Summer nudges its way into focus, things are buzzing around the centre with more new arrivals Read More...

Have at thee, varlet!

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Last week we were overrun by Knights, Yeomen, Minstrels & Monks as the Black Knight Historical Group set up camp at The Sanctuary for our latest mediaeval pageant! Read More...

Making The Grade

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We were recently contacted by a group of students from Ravensbourne College in London who wanted to make a documentary about the Sanctuary for one of their projects. Here's the story… and a link to the final result on YouTube. Read More...

Far From Home

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Though the message is to leave foundling Tawny owlets where they are at this time of year if obviously close to a natural nesting site, occasionally one strays too far from home and ends up in unfamiliar territory. Here is the story of one such... Read More...

Spring Has Sprung (almost)

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Although a little slow off the mark this year, the breeding season is finally with us as one or two fluffy little heads begin to take a peek over the parapet. Read More...

Raptors in Transit

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During the spring & summer months we visit various country fairs and other similar events to spread the word about raptor care & conservation. However, getting our charges there in safe condition takes thoughtful preparation… Read More...

Wild Owl Nestbox Projects Join Forces

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News of how the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and Thornham Owl Project are joining forces to improve and extend this valuable conservation work throughout Suffolk, plus the buzzard that had been shot is safely released and a story about the attempt to re-locate a pair of Ospreys from their dangerous nesting site! Read More...

Mother’s Day Magic

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Mums and Macaws joined our team at S.O.S. last Sunday as we celebrated Mother's Day in style! Read More...

Second Time Lucky!

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We suspect it's quite rare that a bird of prey is rescued more than once in it's lifetime, but one of our patients this week had already been caught in, and then saved from, a fire - only to find himself on an unexpected journey 30 miles from home some few months later! Read More...

A narrow escape!

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A recent admission to our hospital was a buzzard that had been shot in the body and wing. But despite a gloomy prognosis, careful treatment and some TLC are pointing to a full recovery. Read More...

Volunteers sought for South African Raptor Centre

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We have been contacted by some fellow raptor rescue & rehabilitation enthusiasts in South Africa who are looking for paying volunteers to help with their work during the coming year… read on. Read More...

Nestboxes, Snow… and the B.T.O.

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During National Nestbox Week, we include a report on the hedgerow birds at S.O.S. compiled by the B.T.O. and answer a query about the feeding of wild owls in very cold weather Read More...

Rescue & Rehab Report - 2011 Review

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As things get under way for the year ahead, we look back at the rescue & rehabilitation record for 2011 Read More...

A Wild Start to 2012

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Our "Wild Weekend" of adventure-inspired activities for Scouts & Guides commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the passing of the movement's founder, Lord Baden-Powell Read More...