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The World Owl Trust relocation

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Nisha, 19 Apr 2015.

  1. Nisha

    Nisha Well-Known Member

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    So with Hawk Conservancy due to take over the current site at Muncaster from 7th May, a new thread to keep up with news of the World Owl Trust and its move South.. Developments so far:

    Its been revealed this week that the majority of the collection of Owl's are to be temporarily housed at Rodbaston College in Staffordshire. However a potential new site has already been earmarked at Himley Hall near Dudley... If successful it could open as soon as next year. Until its ready the Owl's will stay at the college and be onshow (from May)

    Seven burrowing owls are settling into their new home at an animal centre in Staffordshire – with visitors able to see them for the first time next month

    The parliament of owls are being temporarily housed at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus in Penkridge.

    It is part of wider plans to create a new World Owl Centre somewhere in the West Midlands where the owls will be permanently based

    Bird owners The World Owl Trust is the world leader in owl conservation and is relocating to the region from its present home at Muncaster Castle, in Cumbria.

    Six female burrowing owls and one male are the first to arrive at the Animal Zone at Rodbaston from the Lake District. Work has been carried out to create new aviaries for the feathered guests – with a total of 100 heading Rodbaston’s way

    The owls will all be moved, along with another 100 owls, to their new permanent home some time next year – possibly Himley Hall in Dudley.

    World Owl Trust board member and volunteer Alan Peace said: “The trust is in advanced negotiations for a lease from Dudley Council to take over the old walled garden at Himley Hall

    “It is not cut and dried as yet and we still have a way to go with this matter. If it goes ahead then it will take at least a year to build the permanent aviaries and get the site developed. It is probably the best collection of owls in the country. The trust is the only organisation devoted exclusively to the conservation of owls and is going to be establishing a new World Owl Centre in the West Midlands.”

    The other 100 owls will be put up at centres across the country until a permanent home is found for the 50 species that are looked after by the trust that was set up 27 years ago.

    The temporary display at Rodbaston will be officially opened by a celebrity conservationist on the weekend of May 2.

    Burrowing owls are among the smallest of the owl species and originate from North and South America. Unlike most owls, burrowing owls are non-nocturnal


    We?re having a hoot: Burrowing owls get ready to meet the public in new Staffordshire home Express & Star
     
  2. Nisha

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    Some of the other Owls have been relocated to World of Owls in Northern Ireland. These include the Vermiculated Fish Owl, Sri-Lankan Forest Eagle Owl, Milky Eagle Owl, Hawk Owl and Spectacled Owls
     
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    The new location for this interesting small collection is to be Himley Hall in the Dudley Area.

    It will be located within the old walled garden area of the site and will cost est £750,000 to open around early 2017

    For tho wishing to visit this collection via public transport it is as follows -

    Himley Hall and Park is situated 4 miles from Dudley on the B4176 and is around 6 miles from Wolverhampton just off the A449.

    The 256 Stourbridge-Wolverhampton bus service runs every 30 minutes along the A449.

    Then walk around 5 minutes to Himley Park gates then around another 15 minute walk to the walled gardens

    for those with sat post code is DY3 4DF
     
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  5. Adrian k

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    Full planning permission as been granted for the collection to start work on the walled garden plans.

    I do now have a problem with this as I didn't realise how close the collection would be to the November firework display, this is a large and very loud display run by the Council and Himley Hall.

    I hope they have a plan to either move the birds out for a few days or even cancel the display (doubt this very much though).
     
  6. cliffxdavis

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    Any news or photos of progress at Himley Hall? I know they wanted an early 2017 opening date but nothing goes to plan, so how much is left to do before the collection comes back together?