To provide care and rehabilitation for sick and injured wild owls in Cornwall. To ensure their safe release into the wild on recovery or, if permanently disabled, to provide a comfortable home in a suitable environment.
To promote awareness of the conservation needs of owl species and their natural habitats by working with schools, youth organisations, groups and individuals of all ages.
To enable visitors to see and touch owls at close proximity under staff supervision as well as providing a talk and guided tour of the centre to all visitors.
To work towards optimum accessibility for people with disabilities or special needs, who we welcome. To provide whatever is necessary to ensure no-one is excluded from hands-on education, and to provide a supportive and caring environment.
To win the support and involvement of our community for practical conservation issues and to offer a centre of interest and enjoyment providing affordable and accessible hands-on experience.
To provide information on the building and siting of owl nest boxes in suitable areas to enhance the wild population of owls, especially the declining barn owl. We also give advice to farmers and landowners on building requirements, barn conversions and land management.
To undertake captive breeding programmes, which conserve for the future many owl species which may be depleting in population, and which include the re-introduction of birds into the wild.
We are always proud to receive awards for the work we do at The Screech Owl Wildlife Park. They reflect the dedication and determination of our small team.
Cornwall Tourism Awards
The 2017/18 Cornwall Tourism Awards were an incredible event for us this year. For the thrid year running we won the Gold Award for Best Small Visitor Attraction in Cornwall and for the second time an Award for Access and Inclusivity, this time a silver. But the biggest surprise for us was that we won the Winner or Winners Award. We were overwhelmed to receive this award, thank you.
The Access and Inclusivity Award is for all businesses in Cornwall that provide inclusive tourism experiences for all visitors, with an emphasis on meeting the needs of those with mobility issues or physical and sensory access needs.
The Small Visitor Attraction of the Year Award is for visitor attractions with fewer than 75,000 visitors a year, including those that offer pre-booked tickets, museums and galleries, churches and cathedrals, interpretation centres, theme parks, historic houses, gardens, country parks, heritage railways and castles. It recognises those businesses which offer visitors an exceptional standard of service and an outstanding, memorable experience.
South West Tourism Excellence Awards
As winners in the Cornwall Tourism Awards we were nominated the 2017/18 South West Tourism Awards where we were competing against businesses from: Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly; Devon & Dorset; Bristol, Bath & Somerset; Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. We were overjoyed to win the Gold Award for Best Small Visitor Attraction in the South West for the second year running in this category.
BBC UK Animals Awards
Our sincere thanks to all of you who voted for us in the BBC Animal awards after watching the Country file programme. It was a great honour to be nominated and also short listed into the final three for this award, but we were extremely surprised when we were actually announced as the winners on the night. The award ceremony took place on the evening of Sunday 2nd December 2002 at the BBC studios in London, but we were sworn to secrecy until the programme was shown on 27th December 2002.
There were many celebrities present including our special friend Jeremy Spake who sat beside us at our table during the awards ceremony, and also sitting at our table was Toyah Willcox. The presenters of our award were John Craven and Michaela Strachan, and after we had won our category we were whisked away to another room to have our photos taken with them.
It would be difficult to describe the events of that evening, but all I can say is that it was quite exciting and the atmosphere was very electric. Maybe it had something to do with our glasses being constantly refilled with champagne!