Owls make flying visit to Oaken Holt

Residents at Oaken Holt Care Home had a real ‘hoot’ this week when they were visited at their home in Farmoor, Oxfordshire by some unusual visitors, owls, for one of their interactive wildlife sessions.

The three rescue owls were brought in by Alan Charlett of Al’s Owls on the 17th  December. They currently have several birds in their care and they come in all sizes, some of which have been rescued when injured in the wild and unable to be returned. They also have some birds they hand reared from small chicks. Although they do get very attached, one of the pleasant parts of their ‘job’ they say, is after they are rescued and made well, it is great to be able to release them back into the wild.

Our residents loved the owls and they had the chance to don the heavy duty glove and hold them.  They are such majestic birds and they sat on their arms so well.

One of our residents, Marjorie, loves owls but had never seen one close up. Al took up one of the smaller owls and sat him on the arm of her chair. She was absolutely delighted.

Al explained how each one was rescued and what type of owls they were. He also gave the residents a fascinating talk about the owl’s personalities and how to handle them. The group all enjoyed hearing the very interesting facts about each of the owls, followed by a Q&A session.

The owls were then taken around the home to visit the residents that couldn’t make the talk.  It was great for everyone to get the chance to see and feel the beautiful birds up close.

Everyone agreed, the visit made for a fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. While some of our residents knew a little bit about these birds of prey, some facts about the owls did surprise and they look forward to welcoming Al, who is regular visitor here, back again.

If you would like to find out more about life at Oaken Holt, our activities and events, please contact the home by calling 0808 223 5529 or email oakenholt.reception@CaringHomes.org.

Flying visit from Owls to Oaken Holt

Oaken Holt

Home Manager

Theresa Whitford


Eynsham Road,

0808 223 5529
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