Monday, 5 February 2018
Well here we are open to the visitors again, January over, no more free weekends until December, but its good to be open again.

The Owl Evenings have been going so well that we have had to put in two extra ones, which is lovely and we have so far got away with managing to do all of them regardless of the weather. The British public are amazing really!! We just ignore the weather. We have had damp nights, very cold nights, blowing a gale nights, and glorious nights, but neither the visitors or the owls have let us down. Having hot drinks on arrival makes for a nicer atmosphere as well

I have not managed to get Yorkly on one yet though, we had a black plastic bag blow away aind get caught in one of the oak trees by the pond - it was there for four days before we managed to get it and Yorkly refused point blank to fly while it was there!

All the birds are flying well, Benbecula was spectacular yesterday, we were nice and busy and he
flew right over to Stallions Hill and then came back. Having the top half of Danny's Wood felled has as we had hoped made a huge difference to the flying as it opens up the field again. I plan on getting one of the Merlins out soon to fly again. I had planned on getting my Hobby out but she laid eggs last year so fingers crossed she might breed this year.

The Griffon Vultures have laid as have the Lugger falcons so the breeding season is upon us again. We are running an incubation course with Susie Kasielke from the US this month as well so there is plenty to do.

The cafe is looking wonderful, it is just needing the finishing touches now to make it work seamlessly. We were very busy in there yesterday it being the first weekend and reasonably nice weather on the Sunday, so Jimmy, our new cafe manager had a baptism of fire! But he managed really well and now understands about the lunchtime rush. I had a go at putting the cream on the hot chocolate too - that could have been a disaster but luckily it was not.

It was lovely to see the members again and the dogs are delighted that we are up and running again. They hate the two months closed as it means there is noone to scrounge food from. They all lost weight (purposefully I might add) but I suspect it will go back on again soon.

The puppies are well, growing like mad, Shasta hates them, I think the rest will be OK with them. It will be time for the boy to go soon (I would like to keep him!) and then Flax will come out and join the team officially.


I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

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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