We have been rescuing owls for what seems like forever. Over the years we have learned how best to give emergency treatment in advance of veterinary intervention. Most often the "injured" owl is fine but may be in shock as a result of human intervention, when it would have been better to leave the owl where it was found. Frequently the "casualty" is a fledgling owlet who has just emerged from the nest and appears in need of help. If it has emerged a little too soon it is capable of climbing back up to the nest site. Humans go into panic and interfere with all the best intentions.

Traffic casualties are more often than not, much more seriously injured than it appears, they have fragile eyes that are easily damaged, and this can only be seen with specialist equipment. At The Baytree Owl Centre, we have the necessary staff, training and equipment to assess injured owls, we then send them to our vets for further investigation where appropriate. Much of our equipment is purchased using donations from people in all walks of life, and we are happy to erect a  plaque as acknowledgment to the donators generosity. Without these gifts we would not be able to treat the injured owls and would have to turn them away.

At the centre we have a successful conservation program that works in several areas:

  • Breeding Harvest Mice for release into the wild locally
  • Breeding owls that are sent to other collections right across the world to ensure survival of the various species should their numbers become endangered in the wild.
  • Supporting owl orientated projects across the world by fundraising to assist them in their work.