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Birds Of Prey Swoop In To Wow Dorset Care Home Residents

A ‘flying visit’ by birds of prey including kestrels, owls and falcons thrilled residents at a Dorset care home.

Under the guidance of an experienced handler, the avian stars were greeted with wonder by onlookers at Colten Care’s Avon Reach home in Mudeford.

The visit was a wish come true for resident Elizabeth Longley who had told carers how much she would like to see such birds close up.

Team members at the home contacted renowned expert Colin Sutherland, who arranged an interactive experience for her and fellow residents in the comfort of their lounge.

After viewing an array of birds, the highlight for Elizabeth was the opportunity to hold Kevin the kestrel.

Smiling throughout and donning a protective towel on her wrist under Colin’s instruction, Elizabeth was fascinated with the encounter.

“It was a truly amazing experience and I thank everyone for making my wish happen,” she said.

During the visit, Berkshire-based Colin spoke to residents about his work rescuing birds of prey, sharing details of their habitats and diets.

And he gave a demonstration showing how he had trained Kevin to regain his balance after a wing injury.

Denise Marks, Companionship Team Leader at Avon Reach, said: “It was a pleasure and privilege to help make Elizabeth’s wish come true.

“Animal visits always get a great reaction here and this was an especially lovely interactive experience for Elizabeth and other residents. You could see the happiness on people’s faces.”


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