I have been keeping and breeding owls since I was just 10 years old, not that I am that old now,but just lets say I have 24 years experience in keeping these wonderful birds.
My interest started when as a young boy on holiday in Cornwall with my family
we visited a bird of prey centre. The man flew a number of birds and I
was captivated by the Barn Owl, after the display I was allowed to handle the
birds and asked many questions, I even asked my Dad if I could have one.
Dad replied that they were difficult to keep and I would need to learn a lot more
about them before he would consider it, the man giving the display said that I
had shown more interest than normal.
A year later we revisited the centre and again watched the display, again it was
the owls that grabbed my interest, after the event the man came over and he
recognised us from the previous year. He asked "Did you ever get a barn owl?",
Dad responded that I had not tried to learn about them. I stated rather
indignantly that I had and spent the next 15 minutes discussing Barn owls with the man, at the end the owner of the centre turned to my Dad and said "You will have to honour your agreement, this lad has learnt a lot about Barn Owls".
That summer I got my first bird, no prizes for guessing it was a barn owl.
my passion for owls had been ignited.
Owls To You has been set up primarily to allow members of the public
to view and interact with these birds, especially aimed at schools and clubs.
The owls are brought to site in their specially made carryboxes and during
the event which lasts from 1- 3 hours the audience are introduced to my various
I discuss each of the species their habitat, feeding and breeding characteristics.
Depending on the length of the event I will take between 4 - 8 birds along
(also dependant upon time of year). I have many testimonials from schools and
clubs confirming that the event is both educational and fun.
The event is also personally tailored to the audience age, young children very basic, adults a lot more detail.