"My name is Tonya Knights and I have been passionate about wildlife & nature, in particular all things ornithology for as long as I can remember. Whilst out one day with my parents, I rescued my first duckling when I was about 6 years old and named it 'quackers'. My Grandparents had a love for all things feathered which inspired me to feel the same early on. I am Founder of a Norfolk based registered charity called Lets Do it Anyway Charitable Trust (reg 1155862), which encourages individuals with a medical condition or disability to get active, to feel empowered and socially included. I have mentored for the Princes Trust and encouraged individuals through motivational Speaking. Historically, I managed, teams, focusing on training, development and change management. More recently, along with delivering workshops for 'Hoot With Me' and running 'Lets Do It Anyway Charity', I also enjoy working part time employed and self employed, also for the past 3 years I have been helping out with our friends Happisburgh Owls, so I'll occasionally be out and about with them too.
I have always admired birds of prey and completed my first Falconry course with Falconer Patricia Worden over 13 years ago. Since then although I wouldn't have thought possible, my love of all things nature, wildlife, particularly all things feathered has grown and continues to do so. When I first met Sandra on a visit to see her precious Happisburgh Owls with my nieces, we soon became firm friends and I started helping out. Three years on we have a great personal and business friendship. From there my love for owls continued to blossom, so much so, I have my own feathered family who I absolutely adore. Learning doesn't have an age limit, so I studied a course with the Horticultural Correspondence College on 'Countryside Conservation'. i am in the process of completing Raptor Awards, under the watchful eye of mentor and Falconer Alec Shearer who is a registered Raptor award provider, trainer assessor.
I personally believe that all children even those with just a little 'wonderment' can be encouraged to feel empowered to nurture all things nature around them, no matter where they live, or the size of their outside space. So that's why 'Hoot with Me Community Interest Company' was born. We meet lots of amazing students and I can not wait to continue to do so. If you are interested in hearing more about 'Hoot With Me Community Interest Company', please get in touch, I would personally love to hear from you".
Owl photographs kindly taken by Kim Breddy,
Neil Breddy & www.bluedogimages.co.uk
subject to copy right© & used under RF License.
Hoot With Me Community Interest Company
Firstly, we adore our environment and we also believe that children and adults should be encouraged to feel empowered. According to research, some children are better at identifying and more inspired by synthetic subjects such as characters from a game console than they are living creatures and plants. Our aim no matter the impact, is to do our bit, to stop nature disappearing from our children's language
Why a Social Enterprise? We want to make a positive Social change for the better with our clear Social mission of stopping nature disappearing from our children's language, to ignite imaginations for all to feel empowered to nurture nature. Whilst a Social Enterprise generates an income through trade, the business model has a transparency that is important to us, which means we are accountable, it fits our ethos and we are committed to reinvesting back in to the business or local community through the work we do, to benefit the local community.
We team up with like minded people, so we work alongside Happisburgh Owls and whilst their main focus is amazing experiences with their lovely feathered family, our focus is within the Educational sector for all areas of nature, wildlife and conservation, including our beautiful owl family.
Active play is the natural and primary way children learn so we create fun learning experiences, to ignite imaginations, to inspire and to encourage children to connect to nature, wildlife and also to step in to the predatory world of owls. We do this by delivering fully inclusive fun workshops within Schools and in the community by creating multi-sensory learning experiences to engage individuals of all ages on a discovery of wildlife, backyard nature and conservation, encouraging personal empowerment to nurture nature one insect, one plant, or one tiny seedling at a time!
"Large streams from little fountains flow, tall oaks from little acorns grown". Quote David Everett