Norfolk bird of prey hospital launches urgent search for new home
- Credit: Simon Finlay
A Norfolk charity that nurses injured birds of prey back to the wild says it has been overwhelmed with support after issuing an urgent appeal to find a new home.
Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue has been told it will have to move from its current rented base that includes a hospital unit and rehabilitation aviaries because the owner plans to sell the land.
The charity, which started in 2012 and now has a team of 22 regular volunteers, has been at its current location close to Reymerston, near Dereham, for two and a half years having outgrown its humble original base in a small garage in Hethersett.
Jo Daffin, who launched Phoenix and has overseen its growth despite working a night job as a carer, said: 'The land that we are currently on is going to go up for sale which has forced us to move because we only rent it.
'We have had a great response already from social media. In less than 24 hours we have been offered four pieces of land which has been amazing.
'We are looking for about half an acre to rent but with a view to buy because obviously we don't want to find ourselves in this situation again.'
The charity's hospital has helped around 70 birds so far this year seeing 55 of those go back to the wild.
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'We look after wild birds of prey usually car strikes or that have been injured by power lines or flown into windows, occasionally that have been shot or poisoned,' said Miss Daffin.
'At the moment we are caring for seven birds. Our aim is always to get the birds back into the wild, back to where they came from.'
The team of volunteers includes youngsters, one of whom is now training to be a vet nurse and another is looking to become a vet.
Miss Daffin said: 'It is so rewarding when you nurse a bird back into the wild. We also try to keep the rapport going with the people who found the birds to see this injured bird that has been picked up and been cared for back where it should be.'
Find out more about Phoenix Bird of Prey Rescue