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Willow’s tale

NIGEL NELSON explains how a special bird’s rehab was nearly derailed

Willow: now much missed  © Ron ToftIN THE June 15 issue, we visited Nigel and Jo Nelson at Bournemouth Bird Rescue, Rearing & Rehabilitation, and met Willow the tawny owl. Here Nigel tells her full story…

It was in about February last year that I applied to DEFRA/Animal Health at Bristol for an A10 for our tawny owl, Willow. I had been told that by law I didn’t need it, but wanted to be totally honest and above board. Several weeks passed before I got an answer from them and this was only after several emails.

They told me that they would be sending out an animal health inspector and a rehabilitator from Raptor Rescue to assess the bird and our efforts to release it. (Raptor Rescue is a specialist bird-of-prey rehabilitation charity.)

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Families in Focus: Owls

BILL NAYLOR explains how these wonderful birds have uniquely adapted to life in the shadows

THE binocular vision of owls, together with the ability to blink their large eyes appealingly using their upper eyelid, gives them a curiously human quality. That’s probably the reason for their widespread popularity and explains why they figure so much in folklore.

Owls can be barred, mottled, spotted, dark or light-coloured. Many individuals become paler as they grow older. In a number of species there are colour phases, also known sometimes as morphs. Our own tawny owl (Strix aluca) is usually brown, but there is also a grey phase. Some species such as the scops, long-eared, short-eared and horned owls possess ear tufts, but these have nothing to do with hearing. Read more...

Tick’ed off

When MOLLY BURKETT, owner of the Animal Rehabilitation Centre, lost one of her oldest buzzards, it reminded her of how came to rescue it. Here she recollects the terrible state she found the bird in and how she nursed it back to health

The buzzard had so many ticks on his head Molly struggled to identify himTHE old buzzard died the first cold night we had before Christmas last year. But we hadn’t realised quite how old she was – not until we looked up our records and then the day I picked her up came back to me so vividly.

The call had come late in the evening. My husband John travelled a lot in his job and was away from home, and the children were fast asleep in bed – so there was only one thing to do. I wrapped them up in sleeping bags, put them on the back seat and set off down the valley.

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