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  • I would like to offer my support to you all at the owl sanctuary in the hope that your excellent work can continue into the future and that the public are able to witness it. If there is anything further that I can do, please let me know.

    Posted by Kirsty, from Merthyr Tydfil. 14/07/2009 8:30pm (8 years ago)

  • As a regular visitor to the festival park bird sanctuary, I think it's disgusting what Malcolm is going through with the council at the moment, Malcolm and his staff are doing a wonderful job.Malcolm should be left alone to do the job he loves.

    Posted by Mike Jones and Robert Morgan, from Gurnos Estate Merthyr Tydfil. 07/07/2009 8:03pm (8 years ago)

  • I visited on Sun 28/6/09. To be honest was a little disappointed. Only saw 4 owls and did not see any staff. I presume that this is because the site is under threat and that public access is restricted. I sincerely hope that the situation is redressed as I would have liked to have seen the sanctuary in it's glory. Good luck for the future, hope to be able to visit in happier times.

    Posted by David Pasquill, from Leigh Lancashire. 01/07/2009 11:08am (8 years ago)

  • Good Little Site, Will Visit You sOON; wHAT IS THE LATEST RE- COUNCIL, & Remaining Open.
    Do you have any Posters I can Put up in my Shop For You, I run my own Business, So will put poster in shop to let more people know about you.
    Contact me via e.mail to arrange posters Etc

    Posted by PHILL LAWSON, from NEWPORT. 30/06/2009 6:41pm (8 years ago)

  • What is the latest on the council situation?
    What can we do to help support the Centre?

    Posted by Justin, from Cardiff. 26/06/2009 9:57pm (8 years ago)

  • Absolutely disgusted that they are trying to shut the sanctuary as it sets to serve an integral part of educating the young and old alike about the importance of the preservation of our wildlife. Blaenau Gwent Borough Council should save face by ensuring that their status on enviromental, biodiversity and preservation per se is backed up by their showing support of the sanctuary. Maybe getting the local school children who have benefitted from the experience of visiting the sanctuary involved might prompt other bodies to become pro-active in preventing the closure. For example, children sending posters and notes of their visit to the council or WAG would highlight the importance of having such an establishment on their doorsteps. Best of luck with your fight to keep the Owl Sanctuary open, I will be visiting shortly and hope to hear that the news is more bright for the future of the sanctuary.

    Posted by Sian Jones, from Abertillery. 16/06/2009 5:17pm (8 years ago)

  • Good luck in keeping the sanctuary open; my father loved it there and adopted 'Pedro'. If I can do anything to help just say the word. Steve

    Posted by Steve Dimmick, from Caerdydd. 15/06/2009 3:53pm (8 years ago)

  • My 2 year old daughter loves to see the owls at the Festival Park. The team do an excellent job, and are great at getting the children to interact with the owls. Why the council want closure on an attraction such as this is madness! With the Eisteddfod coming here in 2010 you would think they would want to keep something which attracts people to the area. There are not many places in this town which can interest a toddler. The council are making a big mistake closing it down in my opinion.

    Posted by Steph, from Ebbw Vale. 14/06/2009 9:56pm (8 years ago)

  • I would like to offer my support to Malcolm and his exceptional team of volunteers. I have visited the sanctuary many, many times and my children have adored seeing and learning about the birds. I always take my visitors along and family/friends from Texas, Switzerland and France have all been delighted by their visits and the passion and knowledge imparted by everyone there. The work that is done for these beautiful creatures is inspiring.
    In my opinion, Blaenau Gwent Council are missing out on an enourmous opportunity here, with a bit of support and funding, the Owl Sanctuary could develop and grow. This would undoubtedly attract even more visitors all of which would be most likely to visit and spend money in the shops and cafes at the park. Wouldn't it be nice to see the Council supporting and encouraging such a massive potential tourist attraction instead of the ham-fisted bullies they are currently perceived to be. With the right funding and marketing, the Owl Sanctuary could be as an important a Welsh Valleys landmark as Big Pit is. Come on BGBC, get behind Malcolm and the team.

    Posted by Julie Lewis, from Abergavenny. 14/06/2009 11:39am (8 years ago)

  • My partner and i took our children too see the sanctuary today for the first time and i must admit, we had a fantastic time. the variety of birds was fabulous and they looked very well looked after with their very spacious living quarters which were very very clean.. it was a pleasure too see and we would not hesitate too recommemnd others too visit this tremendous place! :-)

    Posted by kerry, from Cwmbran. 01/06/2009 10:02pm (8 years ago)

  • There are too few, magical places like your sanctuary around where we can access such beautiful creatures first hand. We need to do everything we can to keep the centre open.

    Posted by sian anderson, from port talbot. 28/05/2009 11:54am (8 years ago)

  • Here is the link to a film made in support of the Owl Sanctuary:
    Please view it and offer support.

    Posted by adrian markey, from tredegar. 14/05/2009 5:31pm (8 years ago)

  • Just heard about the trouble your having with the council ur sanctuary is one of the best iv ever visted my daughter and grandchildren love the place the birds are well looked after the staff are brill if it was not for this place we woulded get to see such splended birds also if it wsa not for u there be a lot more injuerd birds out there the council should be ashamed please drop me a line if theres any thing i can do :mad: why do u need zoo lic ur a santuary and a bloody good one at that

    Posted by David Peck, from MERTHYR VALE. 10/05/2009 10:17pm (8 years ago)

  • I have been coming with my family to the Ebbw Vale shopping centre since it opened and am a regular visitor to the Owl sanctuary where Malcolm is always welcoming, a mine of information about birds of prey and also makes a fair cup of coffee. I have a long standing interest in and some experience with birds of prey and have ALWAYS found the birds in good condition and being treated well. This is the ONLY reason I visit EBBW VALE to shop as other regional shopping centres are larger and easier to access by road. My wife and daughter spend hours shopping and a considerable amount of cash there. If Malcolm and the birds were not there I would take them elsewhere to shop . Well good Luck Malcolm and staff . I hope things work out for you and that this vindictive campaign against you is stopped at source. ps Any sign of getting the birds back frtom the RSPCA?

    Posted by Russ, from Pontypridd. 27/04/2009 2:33pm (8 years ago)

  • This Easter Morning I witness an adult male kick an injured live crow along the street, the crime the crow had committed?
    poorly eyes and defacating on the attackers foot whilst being kicked extremely severely!
    I called the RSPCA, PDSA and Gwent Police, to no avail, so called Malcom and his team...
    They said to bring the poor crow in, which i did...
    Malcom gave me a detailed description of what he would do to treat the bird, also gave us the good news that none of the limbs were broken, so the prognosis was extremely good...
    I know that when in the past i have taken an injured bird to one of the other animal welfare centres mentioned that whilst they have taken the animal in, they have also put said animal down... With Malcom and the team, this isn't an option whilst the bird is relatively healthy bar a few minor problems.
    The crow that they and only they would help will now get the treatment he/she needs, AND will be returned to the wild to hopefully lead a happy and full life avoiding thugs who have nothing better to do that mindlessly attack an injured animal!
    Thank you very much Malcom :-)

    Posted by Jane, from Cwmtillery. 12/04/2009 2:12pm (8 years ago)

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