Owl Sanctuary, Ebbw Vale, Gwent
It's Jennifer Coates here, I
absolutely love The Owl Pages, and visit whenever I can. I am still
painting owls all the
time, and they sell at online auction when possible.
I am emailing simply to let you know about a little owl sanctuary in south
Wales, UK. It's such a fantastic place that I just wanted to share it with
everyone, and to let any UK visitors to the Owl Pages know about it, and
visit if they possibly can.
[Edit 2005-02-08] They now have a website at
The sanctuary is in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, and it is run by a man called Malcolm. He
doesn't charge a penny for entry into the sanctuary, you are free to donate
anything you might wish to, whatever you can afford. All his owls are
rescued birds which have suffered some horrible fate, or been injured at
some time, and Malcolm takes them in and looks after them . Because of their
previous circumstances, none of the owls can be released into the wild, so
they are given a fantastic, comfortable life at the centre. They are also
highly valuable from an educational point of view, with many children and
adults visiting them and learning about them. Flying displays are sometimes
given on weekends, and some of the more people-friendly birds are brought
out and allowed to be handled. This is such a fantastic experience for
anyone, to handle such a beautiful creature, and a fantastic way to learn
about these amazing birds.
The centre hosts most of the British owl species, and more, including a gorgeous
pair of Red-tailed Hawks and a beautiful pair of Buzzards. (For anyone
non-European or non-birder, buzzards are not vultures, they are hawks of the
genus Buteo, and the British species is Buteo buteo). Boobook
Owls, Great Horned Owls, Little Owl, Snowy Owls, Tawny Owls, European Eagle
Owls, Bengal Eagle Owls and Barn Owls all reside at the centre.
I always try and encourage visitors because the
sanctuary fell on hard times recently due to a new European law that was
introduced. The sanctuary was asked to put up a large fence all the way
around it - either that or it would be closed down. They didn't have the
money for it, and so had to go on the local Welsh news to appeal for
donations. They collected enough in the end and were able to erect the fence
not long ago.
How to Get There:
The owl sanctuary is in a little area of woodland which you get to by going
through the Festival Park Shopping Centre in Ebbw Vale. It's signposted and
easy to find, the address for anyone wanting to visit is :
Festival Park Factory Shopping Village
The owl sanctuary actually has nothing to do with the shopping centre, but
it's the only way to reach it. There's directions on the website
It's only a small place, but really fascinating and well worth a visit.
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