Welcome to our site

Three Owls Bird Sanctuary & Reserve is a Registered Charity (No. 298352), which has been helping wild birds for the last FIFTY-TWO years, since being founded in 1962. It is affiliated to the Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust.

For most of that time, it has been a wild bird hospital, sanctuary, and nature reserve, now more recently has taken on a conservation and education role which helps wild birds and the general public in the following ways;

1. It provides habitat and sanctuary in our three nature reserves; The Home Reserve, Norden of 3 acres, Three Owls Wood, Tarleton of 7.5 acres, and Three Owls Field Reserve, Wigton of 2 acres.  Further reserves may be in the pipeline - watch this space !!

      2. We run a Helpline giving advice to anyone finding a wild bird in distress. In 2011 we gave out 20,565 minutes of advice in 5,046 calls. By 2012 this had increased to 25,305 minutes of advice in 6,281 calls, and in 2013 was 22,757 minutes of advice in 5506 calls; each year saving many hundreds of bird lives along the way. Advice is also available and freely given via our text and email facility.

      3. There are several ways in which we provide an educational resource through our Website. Here you can find out the best way to help birds in your local area, whether it is for finding an injured or orphaned bird in distress, by choice of food for different species, or even building a nestbox.

        There are also some common questions and answers, which are often asked, including how to find your local bird rescue/sanctuary.

      4. We make grants to established organisations helping wild birds.

In 2010 we distributed over £21,200 in grants, and £96,500 of equipment to help save wild birds lives.

In 2011, further grants were made totalling over £15,000, and in 2012 over £30,000 was distributed; each grant meaning that precious wild bird lives are being saved, protected and enhanced. In 2013 we were able to make further grants totalling £14,000.

The giving of grants ensures the work of saving wild birds lives covers as large an area as possible. Two of the organisations to benefit recently were The Barn Owl Trust (http://www.barnowltrust.org.uk/), and Knoxwood Wildlife Rescue Trust (http://www.knoxwood.org)

Please Note that neither the Rochdale nor the Tarleton reserves have hospital facilities, and public access is only available by special arrangement with the Trustees. There are bird hospital and rehabilitation facilities at our Carlisle reserves, which are managed by Knoxwood Wildlife Trust.

How to contact us:

E: info@threeowls.co.uk

Helpline (calls and text): 07973 819389

Postal address:

Three Owls Bird Sanctuary & Reserve; Wolstenholme Fold; Norden; Rochdale; Lancashire; OL11 5UD

Donations

Three Owls is entirely run by volunteers. This means none of your donations are lost on salaries, and all of the money raised can go directly to benefit wild birds.

Donations are always welcome, no amount is too small, and all are very much appreciated.

Ways To Donate : Please make cheques/P.O. payable to; “Three Owls Bird Sanctuary & Reserve”, thank you.

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We have our own online shop where you can purchase items specific to Three Owls.

ADVICE

Wild Bird Advice and information

Many people would help birds more, if they knew simple easy ways in which they could help wild birds, without going to too-much extra trouble. Often there are ways to help – that don’t actually ‘cost’ anything at all, but can make a huge difference to making birds welcome and safe in the environment around us.

One of the main causes of bird injuries (especially young birds in the summer months), is being attacked by both pet and feral cats. A simple way to combat thi

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LATEST NEWS

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    Not only do we have a further four heron babies on the Home Reserve at Rochdale (now 8 in total), but a growing number o

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    April 13, 2014
  • The Early Birds have arrived!

    On my early morning walk around the Home Reserve today, I was thrilled to hear the chattering of newly hatched heron bab

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    March 29, 2014
  • Flying around the Reserves!

    Last weekend saw myself and fellow trustee David Unwin at the Three Owls Wood in Tarleton, seeing how the trees had fare

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    March 9, 2014
  • Nineteen years on....

    I can hardly believe it, but today is the 19th anniversary since our Three Owls founder; Mrs Eileen Watkinson MBE, passe

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    March 5, 2014
  • Half a million 'helps'

    Well, in just under two years since its launch, the website has been visited half a million times, from all around the w

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    February 17, 2014

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