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World Owl Trust 'don't feel wanted' at Muncaster

The World Owl Trust say their current agreement with the estate managers is being terminated and unless they can negotiate new arrangements, they'll have to leave by May 2015.

The charity claims the new terms are not financially viable, but the estate say negotiations are ongoing and in tough financial times it's having to review the way the owl centre is run.

The Muncaster estate says it's willing to negotiate but the Trust says it's looking for new premises. Honorary President Tony Warbuton said: "the owl trust is looking for somewhere new to be based, we do not feel we are wanted anymore at Muncaster."

Muncaster: 'There is always a home for owls here'

Peter Frost-Pennington who runs Muncaster Castle says there will always be a home for owls on their site.

But he says they have been forced to review the way the owl centre is run by the World Owl Trust due to a weak economy.

"We are committed to the conservation work that the centre does, as well as the wider conservation work we undertake at Muncaster.

"The last few years have been difficult for Muncaster, like many other tourist attractions, due to the weak economy and we need to make sure that every part of the attraction is operating effectively.

"As part of this we are reviewing the way the owl centre is run. That is what we have said we would like to discuss with the World Owl Trust, which currently runs the centre, and other organisations."

– Peter Frost-Pennington, Muncaster Castle

He added their aim is to continue having an owl centre at Muncaster that works in the best interest of the owls and visitors.

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Fool of Muncaster to be announced

Mr Spin, a vaudevillian juggler from Australia, is a previous winner of the competition Credit: Brian Sherwan

The winner of the 2013 Muncaster Fool competition will be announced later today.

The medieval castle near Ravenglass in Cumbria was the home of the original Tom Fool and launches a search every year for a new jester.

The castle is believed to be the only castle in the world which still employs a modern day jester.

The winner of the prestigious jester title will be awarded with beer for a year, as traditional Court Jesters were always paid in ale.

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Cumbrian Owl Trust conservation day

An event aimed at raising awareness about owls and how important they are is being held by the World Owl Trust at Muncaster Castle.

They will be offering information on how to help owls living around the region and will be asking hoteliers to allow their grass to grow long, which will encourage young animals into their gardens- providing a vital source of food for owls.

"Our Conservation Day is a great opportunity for people to come and see the kinds of things that they can do to make a real difference in helping see owls thrive in their area."

– Millie Clarke, Conservation Officer, World Owl Trust

The owl trust centre is home to more than 200 owls from 50 different species and sub-species.

Bumper turnout for Christmas food festival

Thousands of people visited Muncaster Castle this weekend for itsChristmas food festival.Beer and wine tasting were on offer as were pony rides, wreath making andfree cookery demonstrations.

This has been a fantastic day out for our family.

'We've enjoyed a hog roast and the children have really enjoyed looking at the owls and seeing Father Christmas'

– Joan Worthing
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