Tuesday 10th December 2013
This last weekend was busy, what with the Christmas Fayre. We had a gazebo in front of the castle, near Tom Fool’s Tree. Despite it being busy, I would describe trade as being steady rather than hectic. It’s maybe a sign of the times, that just before the festive season, people are ‘regrouping’ their finances, rather than spending freely. We are going to have to be more imaginative and creative in our efforts to continue raising funds for conservation.
I have just read a report from the Hawk and Owl Trust which says that despite a bad year for breeding, that Barn Owl numbers have increased in the UK to such an extent, that the population has at last become sustainable. The Hawk and Owl Trust also went on to mention that this has, by and large been down to conservation efforts over the years since the 80s. This is good news. It also proves that conservation is a worthwhile effort, and to continue to be effective, it also needs to continue being funded by the public. This is another reason why we need to be more imaginative and creative in how we motivate people to care about conservation, especially when things seem to be going from bad to worse for the common people of the United Kingdom. Household bills are increasing, with, (for most people), no extra funds to pay for them. As a conservation charity, we are acutely aware of this. We shall see what this next season brings.
I had to take an ‘old character’ to the vet last week. ‘Ambrose’ the European Eagle Owl, who lives in the Main Display had to have tumour on his left wing looked at. It was first noticed when the keepers caught him up for a routine health check. It wasn’t actually hindering him physically. He was still flying. The vet examined him, and said the tumour was all the way through his limb. As Ambrose is nearly 31 years old, the vet thought it would be prudent to remove the tumour under local anaesthetic. He is currently undergoing a precautionary course of antibiotic, before he goes for his operation on Thursday the 12th of December. Fingers crossed.
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