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Beckton pupils enjoy rare sight of Sage, the eagle owl

Sage the Eurasian Eagle Owl visits year one pupils at Winsor Primary School Sage the Eurasian Eagle Owl visits year one pupils at Winsor Primary School

Sunday, January 20, 2013
10:34 AM

Youngsters at a primary school were treated to the rare sight of a large eagle owl that has a wing span of six feet.

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The children at Winsor Primary School in East Ham Manor Way in Beckton spent the afternoon learning about Sage who attracts a great deal of attention on account of her size. The children, in Year 1, have been learning about owls in the past year.

Sage is still considered a baby owl at 18 months, despite her size, and was accompanied by her owner Ian Berkwick, a former pupil of the Beckton school. He still has family members in Newham and is a regular visitor to the borough.

Ian is setting up an historical arboretum in Devon as a holiday destination in which people can interact with animals and wildlife.

Ian also uses Sage’s appearances across southern England to help him raise funds for a variety of charities including Macmillan Cancer Support.

Ian, who was born in Newham, was also one of the first children to be helped by the charity Community Links.

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