BOPH Barn Owl Project Hampshire & Bird Of Prey Hospital

BOPH – Barn Owl Project Hampshire – Contact Us for further information

Not just about Barn Owls, it is about talking and sharing so that we all understand more…

Wild Raptors or imprinted hand reared birds, there is a lot we could all learn by looking more closely

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We are only human after all… Why are Birds of Prey kept in cages? With an ever increasing interest in the ownership of hand reared birds of prey, should there be registration of ownership? did you know that anyone can buy a bird on the internet in this country? Is it ethically right to have so many home bred Barn Owls and other species when they are declining in the wild? Are zoo’s and Bird Collections necessary or just exploited entertainment?

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Phone  0797 3747 305  or send us a message

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BOPH want to help others understand the needs of the Barn Owl and other species. Therefore helping balance human needs and natural Biodiversity in an attempt to offer protection to declining species.

The Raptor Hospital is Raptor Rescue Accredited and Approved by the RSPCA. It is well supported by the local veterinary services. Offers experienced bird handling with a Lantra Trained volunteer. We help with misplaced imprint birds and unwanted Birds of Prey that require relocation.  We are Wildlife Crime Aware

Rehabilitation is often time consuming and costly. Wild injured or orphaned birds take time and patience to help. Compassionate dedication to ensure that good practice and best care are constantly maintained is essential to ensure a future to any Birds of Prey.

“Interest should be encouraged, good intention supported, information is there to be shared”

 

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Talking of being human

There is a distinct possibility that we may not have every answer, but we shall always try our best to offer accurate honest guidance, opinion and encouragement or indeed steer your questions and queries towards other providers who can offer more.

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A few familiar words within this thought provoking and powerful childhood memory have stayed around forever.  Today there has never been a more true statement, as we feed our table birds, following the guidelines of the RSPB and BTO in order to help sustain many species. Where once our natural Biodiversity was abundant, there is now a question of sustainability as we divide land, build and develop.

However, for each pigeon living in town centres, poison, traps, spikes, wires and hawk deterrents has made simple crumb picking a deadly challenge. Without natural predation, there is no balance. Our human hand is often a little too keen to manage and remove that which we dislike, whether it is because we believe it has direct health implications or just that the mess and noise are too bothersome, we are intelligently empowered to make it change. Perhaps we should now look at sustaining life with the same level of gusto.

Take a trip down memory lane with us… 
Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul’s
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls,
“Come, buy my bags full of crumbs;
Come feed the little birds,
Show them you care
And you’ll be glad if you do
The young ones are hungry
The nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

 

Feed the birds,
tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag
Feed the birds,” that’s what she cries
While overhead, her birds fill the skies
All around the cathedral the saints and apostles
Look down as she sells her wares
Although you can’t see it,
You know they are smiling
Each time someone shows that he cares

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Though her words are simple and few
Listen, listen, she’s calling to you
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag
Tuppence, tuppence, tuppence a bag”

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