There will be extra special reasons to flock to the Grand Pier this year as some very special feathered friends will be making some flying visits.
Five precious birds of prey will by dropping in on our seafront attraction on selected dates between April and December
Tinnun the kestrel; Zazoo and Shadow, who are both barn owls; Star, a tawny owl; and Mumbles, a Bengalese eagle owl, are all based at the Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre at East Huntspill, near Weston, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases animals.
However, the owls and kestrel are resident at the centre, as they are too tame to be released back into the wild.
They will be visiting the Grand Pier on April 14th, May 12th, August 11th, September 8th, October 20th, November 10th and December 8th.
In addition to meeting visitors to the Pier, the birds will be hoping to persuade people to make a donation to Secret World, which last year rescued 145 birds of prey and owls, nearly 1,200 garden birds, more than 1,000 pigeons and doves, and more than 200 water birds.
Secret World also rescues and advises people on looking after a variety of other wildlife orphans, including otters, badgers, hedgehogs and foxes.
Laura Durrant, Secret World’s Community and Regular Giving Officer, said: “We are really looking forward meeting visitors to the pier, showing them our beautiful birds of prey and telling them more about what we do here at Secret World.
“Raising money is crucial to our survival, as looking after the 5,000+ animals we take in every year is an expensive business. We rely on the generosity of the public to raise money for us, to ensure that these animals receive the best possible care, and are given a second chance back in the wild.”
Tim Moyle, from the Grand Pier, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the wonderful birds from Secret World to the Grand Pier.
“The staff and volunteers at Secret World do such wonderful work, and visitors to the Pier will definitely fall in love with these beautiful birds when they see them, and will hopefully help raise lots of money to help Secret World carry on with caring for these animals.”
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