Weʼre raising £50,000 to Help fund the initial startup of a Bird of Prey education Center. The center will provide courses, displays, school workshops, hawk days etc
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For the last 20 years I have had a huge passion for flying birds of prey in their natural environment. Over the last couple of years My passion has grown to wanting to work with these amazing creatures as a full time job. The initial investment is required to build a main building, classroom, extensive fencing and security, suitable pens and weatherings and general infrastructures such as pathways, seating areas, display area and signage not forgetting water and electrical services. We will also be investing what personal finances we have spare.
My current birds will be going into the business as part of a 16 bird team all of which will be captive bred species with excellent display temperaments. Eagles, Harris Hawks, Falcons to name just a few of the bird species.
The center will provide for parties, workshops, falconry courses, hawk experience days, school trips and displays. The center will have very reasonable prices for the services available with an entrance fee between £2 - £3 for children which includes a same day return.
The center will be fully run by myself and my wife (my boys at the weekends) and a small team of volounteers. Both myself and my wife will eventually take a modest salary (minimum wage) from the center but will continue with our current employment until the center is up and running and requires our full attention. The center will be run as a social enterprise and a minimum of 50% yearly profit will be invested into the surrounding area for environmental/wildlife improvements with 20% being reinvested into the center.
We will soon be looking for sponsorship from local business which we hope will enable us to erect the various fences and buildings for a fraction of the retail price.
My local town Of Newcastle-Under-Lyme is crying out for something like this which will attract many visitors from the local and surrounding areas which will inturn create investement within the area from both visitors and investmesnt from the business. I have several locations currently being investigated and negotiated one of which is my prefred location of the Lyme Valley Parkway which currently has very little amenities but is very popular park.
I hope you can get behind my cause and every single person that donates whether a £1 or £5 will have their name engraved into the main building cladding.I don't expect any huge investment but if 50% of the residents of Newcastle-under-Lyme donate just £1 we will surpass our target.
This will be something Newcastle-Under-Lyme can be proud of and you can help to make it happen. Lets get the kids off their phones and tablets and into nature and the outdoors and I will show you just how wonderfull these ancient animals are.
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