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Update 06.03.19

As many of you will know, the site at Himley we were hoping to set up the new World Owl Centre at, has come to a grinding halt, bogged down by a Heritage report which has, in the words of one councillor "Blighted the site for years to come".

To keep the project running we are now in the middle of negotiating an agreement to set up the World Owl Centre at Appleby Castle in Cumbria. We are in the process of applying for planning permission but we are hopeful we can start work this summer and have Owls moving in by the Autumn. As we know more we will update you all on here and on social media. As soon as everything is confirmed we will get some pictures uploaded to see what an amazing site we have to work with.

Watch this space...

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Site Clearance Starts in 2014

All of the WOT Trustees are very excited about the project which will be without any doubt the best centre of its type in the UK. Visitors will experience a “magical mystery tour” along meandering pathways with the aviaries for the birds being built in between and around the trees that are already on site so there will virtually be a surprise around every corner. The accommodation for the birds will, as closely as possible, mimic the natural environment of the particular species of owl in order to provide them with the best possible environment for their welfare.

World Owl Trust New Site Clearance
World Owl Trust New Site Clearance

The pond and remnants of the old site are revealed

It is hoped that the new centre will be fully operational in the Summer of 2018 and that it will provide a full day’s experience for visitors where, as well as seeing the finest collection of owls in the UK, they will be able to browse for “owly gifts” in the shop and rest their feet in the tea room to enjoy quality refreshments whilst gazing out into the owl centre or picnic overlooking the on site lake.

Vounteers at Work

The plan of the site and the aerial photograph will give you some idea of how it is being laid out.

World Owl Trust New Site Clearance
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