England : Are last winter’s storms the reason behind the huge increase in orphaned owls being found?

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Britain’s owl population is still suffering the consequences of last winter’s wet and windy weather months later.

Staff at Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, have rescued 31 owls which had fallen from trees, compared with just two of the young birds of prey last year.

Les Stocker, Tiggywinkles founder, said: ‘I am worried as last year we had just two owls in and this year we now have 31. Perhaps the storms taking out old trees might have something to do with it.

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They were all found on the ground in areas such as Milton Keynes, Henley on Thames, High Wycombe, Amersham and Tring.

Suffering from starvation and dehydration they were given specialist care for the first 24 hours and are likely to be realised in the autumn, Mr Stocker added.

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