As Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey manager, Andy Bilsborough was opening up the Sanctuary with young volunteer Rory, a concerend couple arrived having sighted an escaped bird of Prey near their home.
Turbary Woods
Rorys First Rescue - 26-11-2009
Rorys First Rescue - 26-11-2009

Rorys First Rescue

On Sunday morning the 15th of November, Turbary Woods Owl & Bird of Prey manager, Andy Bilsborough was just opening up the Sanctuary, based in Whitestake, Preston with young volunteer Ruaidhri (Rory), when a concerend husband and wife arrived having sighted an escaped bird of Prey near their home in Leyland with leather Jesse's attached to its legs.
 
As Andy was unable to leave the sanctuary, Rory was delighted at being asked if he wanted to go on his first 'rescue'. With the appropriate equipment required and some fresh food the couple took Rory back to the sighting were he entised the bird; later identified as a Kestrel, down to his glove.

The bird was then returned to Turbary Woods were Andy checked the bird over and took down the relevant identification detail's found on a special IBR ring attached to the birds leg.
 
The IBR (Independant Bird Registry) was notified and they took no time contacting the Kestrels owner who was gratefully re-united with his bird later that afternoon.
 
Rory who attends Lancaster Royal  Grammar School has been a young volunteer at the centre for 7 months, said "the whole experience was one of the most exciting and nerve racking but the best feeling in the world" To be able to coax the bird from the tree down to him and then be able to assist in returning it to his rightful owner was absolutely fantastic.
 
Turbary Woods have rescued over 90 owls & birds of prey  this year and even Saved a young swan found to have a damaged wing in Preston town centre only this week.  The Swan is currently waddling around on the lake adjacent to Turbary Woods.

Rory and the rescued Kestrel