Owls’ flying display ‘fantastic’ for pupils

Casper the barn owl is 11 years old and has seen many excited children in his time with Nite Owls PICTURE DEREK MARTIN D14461675a
Casper the barn owl is 11 years old and has seen many excited children in his time with Nite Owls PICTURE DEREK MARTIN D14461675a

OWLS swooped across the heads of children at a Southwick school, giving them a unique learning experience.

Nite Owls took its birds to Glebe Primary School, in Church Lane, for a special assembly last Tuesday.

Teacher Pauline Davies said: “As the whole school gathered in the hall, the atmosphere was one of excited anticipation from the children as they waited patiently for the team to bring in their collection of owls.”

After a short introduction about owls, the show began with Casper, a barn owl, sweeping across the hall from one handler to the other.

“Everyone was in awe of the speed of the fly-past as he swooped just above heads of the children, who all ducked like a Mexican wave, just in case,” said Mrs Davies.

“As the assembly progressed, it was very interesting to see how all of the birds had their own individual personalities.”

Tango, for example, a white-faced scops owl, showed how he could sometimes be a bit naughty and need a little extra encouragement to show his huge wing-span.

After watching the handlers’ expert work with the birds, some of the pupils were chosen to have the friendly owls fly to and fro from their arms.

“As all the birds had been breed in captivity, they were very used to being with children,” explained Mrs Davies.

Nite Owls visit schools for free to share their knowledge and love of the birds.

Year-one teacher Clare Jackson, who organised the visit, said: “The Nite Owl assembly is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring the natural world right into the school building.

“It is such an exciting display from the owls and it provides such a unique learning experience for the children to get to know more about these magnificent birds of prey.”