Sunday, 17 November 2013

The second Owl Evening went well although it was a little more tricky than usual as our electrics are playing up, and neither the underground lights, or the PA would work without blowing everything!! Rob Moore (electrician) is coming on Monday to change and add some RCD’s ( I know all about RCD’s – don’t you!) and hopefully the problem will be if not sorted, at least more manageable. We will do some restructuring early next year and make it all less fragile.

The new hospital room is looking great and we are starting to use it, there are still a few things to finish off but it’s a very useful room and will be a huge advantage to us. The first injured wild bird to go in is a Kestrel who looks like she will recover fine, which bodes well for the future.

It’s a bit grey and dismal at the moment, very overcast, but at least it is dry which helps. The gardens are really starting to benefit from Rob being here as a full time gardener and he has only been here two weeks, so in a couple of years it will look just wonderful. His lawn mower arrives on Wednesday, I will take photos as it is not an attractive machine, however if it does the job I don’t care what it looks like.

We have got the brooder room all sorted out with proper electrics and it’s been repainted, so there is just a good clean to get done and that will be ready. Next is the clean out of the incubator room and all incubators to be thoroughly cleaned, Holly wants to keep that all to herself!!

The outside of the new building is all level and gravelled over and looking good. We have to knock through the new door from the clinic to the hospital room – which we need to give a name too. That will make a big mess, but gives us the chance to have a good clear out and redecorate in there, one wall is damp and I think I know why so we will sort that out before painting. Then the whole block of rooms will be done and dusted – phew!! Just in time to go charitable and then build a new brooder room and incubation room so we can turn the old ones into a treatment room and small lab!

It’s a busy week next week, I have two meetings, one in Bristol, one in London and I am hoping to go and collect my (newish!) Range Rover from Jinny. There is however a doubt because we don’t know if Sorrel is in pup or not. She is large (but could be too fat!) is digging furiously (but she does that anyway) is very grumpy to the others at times (but she can be a grump). Penny Carpanini thinks she is, I am vacillating and generally the jury is out, and of course we don’t really know when they are due as she was mated over about an eight day period. I need to be here for her, so the car may have to wait, but I am hoping not as being in London for a meeting helps me to get most of the way to collecting. We shall see!! Here is hoping she is going to produce lots of lovely puppies.

We are also doing a film job here with the Great Grey Owl on Wednesday and we have a group of MSc students coming as well, plus still being open and an Owl Evening on Sat. It’s good to be busy!

We close on December 1st, but as that is a Sunday, if the weather is good we will be open, so watch the forecast and ring us to find out. We close for sure on the 2nd, apart from a couple of experience days and the owl evenings.

Oh and if you are looking for a good Christmas present, we are going to reinstate the Owl Experiences, but in a different way. We are going to do Half Owl Days, which will be great fun. We have a good team of owls now and will be able to have guests handle and fly a good number of them. We are looking forward to it.



Ukfalc said...

I love reading these blogs, as they are so interesting and informative. The new hospital was looking fantastic when I visited last week. The owl experience sounds like a hoot (sorry). I will definitely have to try one in the new year.


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An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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