The Need4Feed scheme is a component of the educational facilities at Lower Moss Wood Educational Nature Reserve and Wildlife Hospital near Knutsford, providing schools, hospitals and other beneficiaries with an opportunity to be visited by British Birds of Prey and have a close up view of these beautiful birds, whilst collecting food for injured wildlife being treated in the Wildlife Hospital with no real financial outlay by the schools themselves.
Please find attached the flyer for Need4Feed and the risk assessment regarding our visits. My visit is very much dependant on the age groups of those involved. For younger preschool children I attend with normally British Owls, such as Shimba the Barn Owl and a special guest, Chocolate the Eagle Owl. The talk is very much reduced to allow the children a more close up experience with the stars of the show. There is plenty of time to allow teaching staff to photograph the birds with individual children.
Parents are very welcome to be part of the experience as the children do tend to be quite talkative afterwards regarding owl facts. The birds do not fly around as I have found many people tend to have a more negative experience when the birds even flutter. I do ask at the start if anyone is scared of birds fluttering but there is always a chance that they will get excited and flap their wings.
For primary schools, secondary schools or other organisations I bring along with Shimba other British raptors, plus a more detailed 45 minute to 1 hour, talk on raptors and owls with a PowerPoint presentation. In the near future I hope to also include Jasper the Snowy Owl and Merlin the Little Owl who are undergoing training for this presentation.
I very much tailor the talk to your requirements with minimal simple facts that can be easily seen during the visit. There is no payment as such although I do ask for donations of pet food listed on the flyer which enables Lower Moss Wood Wildlife Hospital to feed some of the 2000+ casualties we get in each year. The visits start at 10.30am or 2.00pm and last about 3/4 of an hour, but again this can be adjusted if you wish for more than 1 group. The days I do Need4Feed are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Unfortunately due to the massive response to these visits and because of the increased distances involved I have had to introduce a £10 fuel surcharge for which I apologise.
I hope this is of help to you, if you can send me some potential dates you would like me to visit on then I will let you know if we are available.
For further information and to discuss your needs please phone me on 01606593653 or 07833224991.