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Our Charity was tricked, battered, abused, threatened & we survived!
London Owl Cafe
Official Press Statement
A massive thank you to our many supporters on Twitter and Facebook
We would like to offer our deepest apologies to every single person who thought we supported this horrendous Owl Cafe in Soho.
A GLOUCESTERSHIRE OWL charity, 'Barn Owl Centre' has told how “it survived a death sentence” after being falsely linked to an owl-themed cocktail bar in London.
Annie the Owl, a week long pop-up bar set to launch in Soho later this month, offers guests the chance to sip cocktails in the company of six owls. Organisers said money from ticket sales would be donated to The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire, where the owls live.
However, centre founder Vince Jones would like to say that the charity has been “exploited” as the information was untrue.
Both have faced backlash from campaigners who raised concerns over the owls’ welfare, and more than 25,700 people have signed an online petition to stop the bar opening.
“I had a phone call regarding an event in London where a professional falconer or Hawking Centre would be in attendance at a sit down affair,” explained Mr Jones. “We were offered a £500-£1,000 donation, but there was no mention of an owl cafe, nor were we to attend with our birds.
“As the Barn Owl Centre charity is trying to raise £165,000 to fund its own property, and after checking it was a reputable falconer, we simply accepted the donation.”
But, Mr Jones believes he was tricked into accepting a donation from a separate company and never agreed to accept a donation from an owl bar.
“When we heard through the media it was an owl cafe, it was too late; damage to the Barn Owl Centre’s reputation was done. With the social media onslaught that followed we spent endless days and nights being bombarded with abuse and threats, we also had to install special CCTV at the cost of £3000 as activists were threatening to release the rescued Owls in our care, this was important funds needed to support the Owls at our sanctuary.
We are sorry that we didn't sign the Soho Owl petition earlier. We don't normally get involved in petitions or political arguments, whether it's right or wrong.”
The charity, which has rescued and rehabilitated wild owls including mistreated pet Owls for 17 years, decided to handle the situation privately and not through the press.
“Our name and credibility as an owl welfare charity was exploited to the highest of levels. With all the mixed messages spread throughout the press and on Twitter, nobody wanted to listen to our side of the story. But what saddens us is that the professional falconer’s name & his business (The Hawking Centre) was always shrined in secrecy.
“Now, the truth is out, our life is starting to get back to some kind of normality at a loss of £3000 in CCTV security and lost time worrting if we can survive through this. For those who supported us through this difficult time, we thank every single one of you from the bottom of our hearts”
We would like to end our personal statement to say this. We hope that one day, the owner of the Hawking Centre who is well known in the falconry industry will make a statement to apologise to us and to everyone who was against the Owl Cafe, his silence put the Barn Owl Centre Charity and the whole Owl Community into a very dark place.
Kindest of Regards
WOODWORKING VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Click here to find out more
14th February 2015
Workshop Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for one or possibly two volunteers that have good woodworking experience.
With the expansion of our workshop we need help from skilled or semi skilled people that are confident using tools such as nail guns & cross cut saws, etc. For the right people, this could lead to full time employment.
If you have any spare time on your hands and would like to offer help at the Barn Owl Centre, please call us on 01452 383999.
All travelling expenses will be reimbursed.
Please get in touch & become part of the team at the Barn Owl Centre.
2015 - Great News for Gloucestershire Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels
2nd January 2015
Added support given to Gloucestershire Owls & Kestrels
Following on from a very successful 2014 breeding season, the Barn Owl Centre is pleased to announce that it will be joining forces with the newly formed Gloucestershire Barn Owl Monitoring Group (GBOMP). Our dedicated conservation team will assist in what ever way we can.
For 2015 onwards, additional projects sites within the Gloucestershire Countryside, this will be created to provide an important boost to the number of important breeding sites for Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels.
To get involved or to find out more, please call the Barn Owl Centre's Conservation Team on 01452 383999 or visit this link to GBOMP's WEBSITE.
For up to date news on how this important work moves forward, please visit our active Twitter Pages
Barn Owl Centre helps PTS rescue a Bird of Prey
13th November 2014
We were called out today to help rescue a male Sparrowhawk trapped in a building owned by PTS Plumbing, Gloucester.
Other organisations were contacted by PTS but sadly no help was offered even though they were national organisations.
Being a small local Rescue Charity we arrived to site very quickly & the Sparrowhawk was quickly rescued & released successful back to the wild by the branch manager Ian Riliey
Well done PTS Plumbing Supplies - Gloucester for taking the time to help a trapped Sparrowhawk.
Golden Eagle Webcam live daily between 6pm to 8am approx
18th October 2014
Welcome to our Golden Eagle Webcam
Note to Webcam Viewers using Mobile Devices, please read
To view the webcam using a Mobile devices such as an Ipad & Iphones, please download the require APP called 'PUFFIN BROWSER' by visiting the below website.
To view the webcam, you need a flash player which seems to be only available via the below link.
http://www.puffinbrowser.com/index.php Please download the full version!
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED BARN OWL & FOUNDER 'GYZMO'
7th May 2014
Due to a recent & complicated illness, which we thought he was getting over, Gyzmo all of a sudden took a turn for the worst & went downhill. It is with a massive amount of sadness that we have to announce that this well loved Barn Owl, our closest ever friend, gently fell asleep in our hands on the morning of 7th June 2014 at 1.30am. Typing this with tears is hard
Gloucestershire Wild Barn Owls 2014
21st May 2014
Nest Box 2 - Contained a brood of 5 Barn Owlets & 1 adult female
Nest Box 3 - Contained a female Mandarin Duck on 4 eggs
Nest Box 4 - Contained a brood of 6 Barn Owlets & one adult female
Nest Box 5 - Contained a brood of 5 Barn Owlets & one adult female.
All adults were ringed, one adult was already ringed & due to age of the young, only 5 Owlets were rung, which means a revisit is required. The Mandarin Duck was also ringed.
Looking at other data coming in from around the UK, it looks like Barn Owl numbers will increase significantly this year!!! Looking forward to visiting more nest boxes & hearing about the results from others who also work to support Barn Owls.
Image seen here was taken as a record of a brood of 6 Barn Owlets from Nest Box 4. Beautiful aren't they & yes they are true wild Barn Owlets & not captive bred Barn Owlets which is very important!
Barn Owl Centre adds 2 new trustees to charity
10th May 2014
Exciting times ahead with 2 new trustees now added to the Barn Owl Centre.
On the evening of Thursday 8th May 2014, an important meeting was held to take us from 4 trustees to 6 trustees. The additional trustees are.
Barn Owl Manors now off to Malaysia
9 July 2013
Barn Owl Manors attract international interest
The Barn Owl Centre are pleased to announce that we have won an international contract with a Malaysian Company, this was to supply & ship over to Malaysia, two of our super sized Barn Owl Manors.
Barn Owl Centre Documentary
7 March 2006
The Barn Owl Centre are please to provide web viewers & supporters with a televised recording of a programme called "Heart of the Country" This outlinings just some of the problems we as a charity have to deal with regarding the captive breeding of Barn Owls as Pets.