Owls – traditionally messengers of doom – will be the focus of an autumn playscheme run by A Rocha UK. ‘Things That Go Screech In The Night’ will help youngsters see what owls eat – by examining their pellets! The one-day special takes place on Wednesday 29th October from 1-4pm at Minet Country Park, Hayes.
‘We’ll be searching for owl pellets, then dissecting them to discover what an owl eats,’ said A Rocha UK Environmental Education Officer David Melville. ‘That’s where we’ll find the secret to their future success. We’ll look at the owl population in general to determine how they’re doing and if there’s anything we can do to help.’
Featuring a range of games and crafts, the event is aimed at 5-11 year-olds, and costs £3. The fee is waived for children entitled to free school meals. The maximum number the event will accommodate will be 30, so booking is essential. To reserve a place for your child, call Maria Masih on 020 8574 5935 or email email@example.com.
This is an unaccompanied event. Refreshments will be provided about halfway through the programme. ‘The weather is unpredictable,’ warned David, ‘so it’s best to watch the forecast and wear appropriate footwear.’
The 36-hectare Minet Country Park is a mosaic of habitats, connected by a network of hedges, waterways and grassland corridors. A Rocha UK helped set up the site and regularly run school sessions and playschemes there.
‘While Hallowe’en celebrates fear and superstition, we celebrate the goodness of creation,’ David explained. ‘Owls used to be regarded with doom and danger, but we regard them with respect and awe, because of how they’ve been made.’ (Photo: Norman Crowson)