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Hi, my name is Bob Morley and I own and run The Owl Experience, Educational Experience Centre in Risley, Derbyshire. The Centre was started in 2005 at Dale Abbey, Derbyshire and in September 2007 we moved our operation to Lanes Garden Centre in Risley, where we are to this date.
In November 2007 I became a Lantra Awards Assessor for the Beginning Falconry Award.
Prior to setting up the Owl Experience I was responsible for the Bird of Prey displays, Hawk Walks and Owl Displays at Center Parcs in Nottingham.
Today, as well as running the Owl Experience in Risley, I run educational owl flying demonstrations in schools for key stages 1,2,3 and 4.
My talks are packed full of information and facts about these beautiful birds, and unlike other public speakers, I use live birds rather than photographs and slide shows.
Bird of prey displays in schools give children the opportunity to see magnificent and unusual birds in action, flying as near as possible to how they would in the wild.
The opportunity to handle birds and learn valuable and interesting information about the birds and how they are trained and looked after.
The opportunity for cross curricular links and can be the catalyst for the children to produce original and spontaneous work.
We hold D.B.S. Checks, Public Liability Insurance, Transport License and Performing Animals License
Links – Literacy
•Sp/list: To listen, understand and respond to others’.
The displays are highly informative and sensitive to the age group involved, encouraging the children to listen carefully and retain facts enabling possible discussion at a further date.
•Reading: To read with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment.
The displays encourage children to want to find out more about the birds through research in books or on the internet giving a valuable purpose to reading.
•Writing: To develop understanding that writing is both essential to both thinking and learning, and enjoyable in it’s own right.
The displays provide opportunities for the children to record their experiences in different ways either thorough factual recounts or fictional compositions.
•Science: To ensure that scientific enquiry is taught through context taken from the sections on life processes and living things.
The displays give the opportunity to explore life cycles, food chains, growth and reproduction, movement, importance of appropriate diet and nutrition and exercise and the impact of humans on wildlife.
•ICT: To gather information from various source
Children can use the internet to find out more about birds of prey, their habitats, diet and characteristics.
•Geography: To ensure that geographical enquiry and skills are used when developing knowledge and understanding of places’.
The displays can link into how environmental change has an impact on species, habitats and countries of origins of the birds.
•SEN: Birds of prey displays have also proved through experience to promote great interest and enthusiasm with children who have SEN and those who find it otherwise difficult to access the curriculum.
There have been many examples where usually uninterested, uncooperative children have become enthralled and fascinated by the magnificence of the birds and were able to talk with enthusiasm, research and even write about their experience with the birds.
Please browse through the pages of this site and if you have any questions please use the contacts page or call or text on 0777 333 1059