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What a hoot!

- Owen Jones joined owl specialist Chris Sperring raising awareness for Birds of Prey

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 21 February 2012

What a hoot! There’s times at work when you realise what you do is worthwhile! Recently we’ve been working with the HOT (Hawk and Owl Trust) helping to raise awareness of the fragility of Birds of Prey by visiting local primary Schools.

We’ve visited 8 schools around the Hills trying to explain food chains, landscapes and most importantly how lucky we all are! The Hills are home to a very rare breed of owl, the Long-Eared owl. Chris from HOT entertained the children with his owl sounds and was helped along by Otis the Long-eared owl, who was on his best behaviour and didn’t always end up poo-ing on the classroom floor. The children seemed to soak up all the information given to them and asked some really interesting questions; How far do they fly? Where do they live? How far around can they turn there heads?

The question I put to you is what 5 small mammals make up most of an owls diet? Answers on a postcard please.

Photo Caption: Hawk and Owl Trust Conservation Officer Chris Sperring visiting local primary schools with his Long Eared Owl, Otis.

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    29 Mar 12

    Not perhaps the crrceot place but I don’t think I can create a new Post.Was walking on the far side of the airfield on the bridleway next to the large white building (standing on its own) where I could see: some caravans, porta-cabins, fencing with what looking like security at the gate, various vehicles and what looked like a small racing track (is this the go-kart track?). There were several bursts of automatic gun fire in the trees and purple smoke coming out of the trees!Is this another film shoot or some military training?

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