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Hidden heaven in the heart of Cornwall
Screech Owl Sanctuary (Cornwall)
Member Name: Sparrow89
Screech Owl Sanctuary (Cornwall)
Advantages: Good layout, friendly staff & beautiful and well cared for animals.
Disadvantages: difficult to find if you miss the sign
This September in the midst of our four day holiday in Cornwall me and my partner found Screech Owl Sanctuary. Eventually. Screech Owl Sanctuary is an amazing sanctuary however It is very easy to miss the turning if you miss the single sign. Me and my partner spent about thirty minutes travelling up and down the area trying to find the turning. If you take a peek at the other reviews they have some great directions if you make a habit of getting lost like myself!. Thankfully we weren't disappointed when we finally found the sanctuary. A a discreet place it is settled down the end of a quiet country lane. The price has increased since the other reviewers went there and it currently stands at £8.95 for adults ,£8.25 for senior citizens, £6.95 for children, or for a family ticket for two adults and two children it is £27. Whichever one you choose you get a small sticker to show you've paid.
When you first enter the sanctuary you will be met with the gift shop. A lovely small gift shop which has gifts from mugs or calenders to even a stuffed souvinier of the owls you may of seen.You can also chose to purchase a guided tour if you so wish. Once you've settled on what to buy you can finally venture out to the owls. There are many many various types of owls in the sanctuary, most of them on display in their well-built enclosures. There are other owls which are behind the scenes in the Sanctuary's hospital, a place where they heal and rehabilitate injured or orphaned owls. Fortunately for the owl's benefit , this area is off limits to the public. However if you wish to get closer you can head over to the close encounters area where there will be a member of staff who will hold an owl and allow you to touch or pet it. The staff are polite and eager to help, with a great sense of humor. Feel free to ask them anything you like about the owls. All of these owls are hand tame with the public and you are quite safe to pet them when the keeper offers. There were quite a few different species on show in this area when we arrived. At certain points in the day there are displays ,something we were lucky enough to experience when we attended the sanctuary. We had the pleasure of meeting a small bird of prey , one of the other animals which are also at the owl sanctuary, who showed off her catching in the air skills. The other bird we had the pleasure of watching at the display was Voicey, a beautiful eighteen week old Great grey owl. We had met her breifly outside her enclosure when she kept squawking at us and trying to figure out what my shiny iPod was. Dispite her young age this owl was huge and already an amazing flyer. Unfortunately for the keeper, who had raised her from an owlet, she had a short spurt of listening to him and then got a little distracted. This is quite common for young owls who like children have short attention spans and are a little stubborn. I'm sure Voicey will become an excellent display bird when shes older.
When you've walked around the owls you come across two emus (which i wouldn't get to close to!), and then two friendly goats, who love a little bit of grass and if your lucky will follow you around until you reach the next pen which is the meerkcat enclosure, where five happy meerkats are housed. As you continue on the walk you will come across three lovely shetlands and some beautiful alpacas. When you've finally finished the tour there is a great play area for children whilst you nip into the cafe which has a fabulous selection of tea, cakes or milkshakes.
If you would like to help the sanctuary then in person or via the website you can either donate to them, or if your able, sponsor one of the owls at £50. It can be a little expensive but this is to be expected and quite understandable, as this is a small sanctuary which is doing an amazing job of looking after, or rehabilitating many Owls,horses,alpacas,meerkats,emus and other birds of prey and the upkeep of them cannot be cheap.
I hope you've found my review helpful, I'd highly recommend visiting Screech Owl Sanctuary , I am sure you wouldn't regret it.
Summary: Highly recommended sanctuary which offers once in a lifetime experiences of getting close to owls!
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