Rainham woman appeals for help in creating bird of prey centre

A falconry group are appealing to the public for help in repairing a building to create a bird of prey centre in Havering.

The M.Y.C.A Falconry Group based at the Mardyke Community Centre wants to transform a dilipadated building in Belhus Country Park into a bird of prey centre.

Founder of the group, Jenette Ogborn said: “It will be fantastic when it is open because people will be able to benefit from it and it will be good for us.”

Jenette, who takes the birds touring in schools and fairs for charity, signed the lease for the building on Tuesday January 10.

She wants to transform the building into a centre where people will be able to see birds for a small donation to charity, but she says that the building is currently unsafe for the birds.

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She is also hoping that she will be able to take on more volunteers and more birds as she currently runs the group with the help of her husband Wayne and their two children.

Jenette said: “The building is in a state at the moment, there are nails sticking out of it and the roof has holes.

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“Everything that we do is on a voluntary basis so we can’t afford to put much money into the reparing it, but it will be good because it will be a more stable environment for the birds.”

The centre was built around six years ago and was originally going to be turned into a bird of prey centre, but it was vandalised and eventually abandoned.

Jeanette is now appealing for help in providing materials including wood, slabs, electrical equipment, nails, screws and much more.

She said: “We are looking for lots of nice people to help us.

“We spent �600 signing the lease for the building so we would be devastated if we had to abandon it because it has lots of potential and we want to finally be able to use it as a bird of prey centre.”

To help contact, Jenette at 07903 2345 17 or the Mardyke Community Centre on 01708 521936

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