Olly the baby owl makes a bid for freedom
15 June 2012
Under the guidance of the RSPB, the wardens at Lydford Caravan &
Camping Park placed owl boxes in nearby trees and waited
patiently for owls to set up home.
Five years later their patience was rewarded by the arrival of
two tawny owls and shortly afterwards two beautiful owlets. Over
the next few days the parents fed their hungry owlets and
everything was going well until one day, one owlet accidentally
fell out of its nest.
The wardens urgently contacted the RSPCA and one of their
officers arrived at the park only to find that 'Olly' was refusing
all efforts of help to put him back in the box. To ensure his
safety from resident foxes and badgers Olly was put in a box and
left in the office overnight.
On opening the office the following morning it was noted that
Olly had found a far more comfortable option on the groceries shelf
by the teabags. We are pleased to report that he was successfully
returned to his anxious parents and sibling. The family has now
flown the nest box and can be heard 'twooing' around the site.
Why not visit Lydford Caravan and
Camping Park in Devon and see if you can spot the owl family?
To book a pitch call the site direct on 01822 820
Keen bird watchers will be interested to learn that there are
all manner of nesting boxes around the site and currently there are
hundreds of assorted fledglings of all colours and sizes.