Flying visit proves a hit for care home residents

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Flying visit: Romah Halcomb, a resident at Colten Care's Avon Reach home, meets Biscuit, a nine year old barn owl.
Flying visit: Romah Halcomb, a resident at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home, meets Biscuit, a nine year old barn owl.

A FLYING visit by two owls proved a hoot at a Dorset care home.

Residents at Colten Care’s Avon Reach in Mudeford were introduced to Biscuit, a nine year old barn owl, and Ollie, a six month old British tawny owl.

They were brought to the home by Mike Savage of the Dorset-based Owl Academy.

The falconer is a frequent visitor to Colten Care homes where he talks about the birds as well as encourages residents to hold the owls.

Mike described the experience as “unique” adding: “It not only brings entertainment to the less mobile but also allows residents to get up close with these beautiful birds of prey.”

Sally Lawrence, Activity Organiser, said the Avon Reach visit had been a huge success.

She added: “Mike went to a huge amount of trouble and it’s fair to say our residents were fascinated by the birds. They were still talking about it days after the event.

“One resident who was fearful of owls and wouldn’t even come in the room ended up with one of them on her arm. It was quite amazing to watch.”

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