A RESCUE centre which cares for owls and other birds of prey has netted a £250 windfall from nearby Freemasons.
Kevin Shail of Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons Lodge visited the Owl Experience Rescue Sanctuary, based at Red Lion Farm in Haughton, to hand over a cheque to owner Andrew Campbell.
Kevin Shail said: “Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons Lodge are pleased to support The Owl Experience and other local charities. We have raised money for our chosen charities at various sporting and social events.
“This is such a worthwhile cause and the work done by Andrew and his team, in caring for and looking after these birds is fantastic.”
The sanctuary looks after approximately 40 owls and birds of prey on a permanent basis, all of which have been donated as unwanted pets or have been rescued from negligence or cruelty. Sick or injured birds are cared for too and rehabilitated there until they are well enough to be released back into the wild.
The Owl Experience is open to the public six days a week, and they are able to walk around and see the permanent residents as well as find out about any injured birds currently being cared for. Visitors are able to learn about owls and other birds of prey as well as have the opportunity to hold an owl.
During the summer months, weather permitting, flight displays and conservation talks are held at the sanctuary.
Mr Campbell also attends a number of community events and conservation talks throughout Staffordshire as well as children’s birthday parties and hosting fundraising events.
He said: “I would like to thank Kevin and the Gnosall St Lawrence Freemasons Lodge for their generous donation of £250 to the sanctuary.
“This donation will help us to maintain the work we do here and help us see out the rest of the winter. It will also help us to care for and rehabilitate any injured owls or birds that are brought in to us.”