Park's Owl is Back, But Parents Don't Give a Hoot!

Our Staff and guests alike here at Holgates Silverdale holiday park in Cumbria have been cheering on a young tawny owl which refuses to fly the nest and make its own way in the world.

Baby Owl 2


The wildlife drama is being played out on an infra-red CCTV camera which is trained on an owl nesting box in the grounds of the Holgates Silverdale park.

Recordings show the one-year-old owl, nicknamed Boomerang, repeatedly trying to invite itself back into its parents' home – but mum and dad are having none of it.

The youngster is seen on the camera footage being rebuffed every time it tries to settle back in the comfy quarters where it was born last year.

According to nature watchers on the park at Holgates, Boomerang's attempts to stage a return have been going on since last summer, but the "no vacancies" sign remains firmly in place.

Now, believe staff, the parents are becoming even more eggs-asperated as they prepare to rear a new brood of baby tawny owls in the box.

The homing bird, they say, looks perfectly healthy – and will probably finally take the hint when it sees its former crash pad packed with brothers and sisters.

Meanwhile, here on  the park we are preparing to take a new round of wildlife-friendly initiatives this year, and are hoping to retain the gold David Bellamy Conservation Award like we received in 2016.

Among the measures praised by award assessors was the creation of many wildflower areas where high nectar-bearing blooms attract honey bees and a wide range of butterflies.

Announcing the award last autumn, David Bellamy described Holgates Silverdale as "fantastic flag-wavers for green tourism where wildlife is given the same VIP treatment as guests".

But although one young fan of the park isn't exactly getting a red carpet welcome just now, there are high hopes that Boomerang will soon feather its nest elsewhere.

After all,  Silverdale's 100 acres and thousands of trees have been producing owls of delight for years! 

Like many holiday makers that visit us each year, Boomerang just does not want to leave either. 



Owl be back: the avian Arnold Schwarzenegger of Silverdale (above) would rather not fly the nest, thank you