Hungary – Where the grass is green and the birds are pretty

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In June this year, four days after finishing university, I was lucky enough to spend two weeks with the Barn Owl Foundation Hungary. This was arranged through Ambios and The Leonardo Programme – both set up to offer young people training in a variety of areas.

Along with me on the trip were five other volunteers and our mentor Mike – a complete botany nerd that taught me more about plants in two weeks than a whole module in university ever did.

After spending our first night in a hostel in Budapest, we were greeted on the first morning by this critter – an abandoned little owl chick. Do not let looks deceive you. On first glance, it might appear cute and fluffy…but over the following two weeks it proved itself to be the Harry Houdini of the owl world. After escaping five or so times from his box…

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