Birds of prey get new hospital

Bird of prey hospital opens at the owl sanctury at Stonham Barns.   Left to right -  Alice Lowe and Ashley Hunnibell (from Pets at Home in Ipswich), Matt Lott (head falconer), Andy Hulme (sanctuary manager), Paul Canham (stowmarket vet) and Maz Robinson (fundraiser and falconer).

Bird of prey hospital opens at the owl sanctury at Stonham Barns. Left to right - Alice Lowe and Ashley Hunnibell (from Pets at Home in Ipswich), Matt Lott (head falconer), Andy Hulme (sanctuary manager), Paul Canham (stowmarket vet) and Maz Robinson (fundraiser and falconer).

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A VITAL service which protects birds of prey opened its new raptor hospital on Friday.

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary cares for a wide range of birds of prey that are injured or suffer from winter starvation.

Pics from Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary.

Pics from Stonham Barns Owl Sanctuary.

The log cabin, donated by Pets at Home in Ipswich, has been kitted out through fund-raising and provides intensive care facilities and boxes for injured birds.

It also received an opthalmascope from veterinary surgeon Paul Canham, from Stow Veterinary Group.

The centre, at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspal, handles birds ranging from owls, kestrels, buzzards, sparrow hawks and marsh harriers, with 78 per cent of them being released back into the wild.

The centre has also successfully bred red squirrels which are released through the Angelsey Project.

Maz Robinson, one of its four falconers, said: “We really rely on the public coming through the door to keep doing this. These birds are so beautiful, especially in flight.”