Team members from a Stafford opticians were delighted to host a birds of prey open day to help raise funds and awareness for The Staffordshire Owl Experience and Rescue Centre on Saturday 13 April.
More than 200 customers and members of the local community enjoyed an impressive display as the team from Specsavers in Stafford invited them to watch and hold many different birds of prey including barn and melanistic owl as they flew in front of the store. Staff hosted an owl themed cake sale, handed out goody bags and offered specs MOTs (cleaning and adjustments) for any donations made, raising £68 for the rescue centre.
A word from the store director
Specsavers Stafford store director, Jason Guy, said: ‘We are keen to support the nearby sanctuary after they came to our aid last year. I had been finishing for the day when I noticed an injured kestrel in the road near to the store which prompted me to call the centre for assistance.’
‘At the event on Saturday, I received an update that the bird was successfully rehabilitated after several months and released back into the wild. We had a fantastic day and would like to say a huge thank you to the community and The Staffordshire Owl Experience and Rescue Centre for making this happen.’
Based at the Red Lion Farm in nearby Houghton, the sanctuary aims to rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured birds and return them back to the wild. The centre also provides owl experiences to educate visitors about birds of prey.
To find out more about The Staffordshire Owl Experience and Bird of Prey Rescue Centre, visit http://www.theowlexperience.net/