Youngsters get the chance to go wild

Stonham Aspal, Suffolk. Wild Weekend at the Suffolk Owl Santuary - pictured is Matt Lott with a Spectacled Owl

Stonham Aspal, Suffolk. Wild Weekend at the Suffolk Owl Santuary - pictured is Matt Lott with a Spectacled Owl

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ORGANISERS have hailed a wild weekend for youngsters, hosted by the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary, a success.

The event, which took place in Stonham Aspal last weekend, coincided with the 70th anniversary of the death of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout movement, and in his honour Scouts, Brownies and Guides were offered free entry.

Stonham Aspal, Suffolk. Wild Weekend at the Suffolk Owl Santuary - PIctured is Ben, Titus and Jacob Sawyer

Stonham Aspal, Suffolk. Wild Weekend at the Suffolk Owl Santuary - PIctured is Ben, Titus and Jacob Sawyer

“We had a fantastic response from members of the public, who I think all experienced something new and different to what they would usually see,” said event organiser Catherine Irving.

Attractions included hands on activities staged by Mid Suffolk countryside rangers and workshops by the Woodland Trust, in addition to illustrated talks from a British Antarctic Survey scientist, among other speakers.

Children took part in owl pellet dissection, enjoyed falconry displays and handled creatures such as giant land snails and snakes, as well as birds from the Ipswich Macaw and Parrot Rescue.

Organisers hope to stage the event again next year and would like to encourage Scout groups to make use of their facilities at Pettaugh Road for badge work in the future.

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary hosted a special Wild Weekend for youngsters.''Pictured: Ryan Burton with Cleo a blue and Yellow Macaw

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary hosted a special Wild Weekend for youngsters.''Pictured: Ryan Burton with Cleo a blue and Yellow Macaw