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Keep wild owls in the wild

PUBLISHED: 19:26 11 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:23 20 February 2013

Keep wild owls in the wild

Keep wild owls in the wild

It's that time of year again when the National Bird of Prey Hospital at the Trust begins to receive Tawny Owl chicks that are brought in for treatment and care. Tawny Owl chicks exhibit a natural behaviour known as 'branching'

Its that time of year again when the National Bird of Prey Hospital at the Trust begins to receive Tawny Owl chicks that are brought in for treatment and care. Tawny Owl chicks exhibit a natural behaviour known as branching, which sometimes causes them to fall from the tree where their nest is. They are quite capable of climbing back into the tree, using their wings, beaks and very strong talons. The parent birds will be near by keeping watch on their young. However, it is not uncommon for people to find the chicks and believe them to be abandoned. It is these orphans that are brought in to the hospital.


The best thing to do when finding a Tawny Owl chick on the ground is to leave it where it is. If you are concerned that it may be in danger from predators then place it back up into the tree. Owls dont have a sense of smell so you dont have to worry about getting your scent on the chick and upsetting the parent birds. Every springthe Trustcampaigns about the importance of leaving young tawnies in the wild. Keep wild owls in the wild!


info@hawkconservancy.org www.hawkconservancy.org

The Hawk Conservancy Trust, Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY

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