Owls about that then!

Hindley Junior & Infant School pupils Katie, Chloe and Joshua with Richard Cookson, head falconer at Cuerden Birds of Prey, Titch the little owl, Angel the barn owl, Mowgley the Bengal eagle owl and Circle the tawny owl
Hindley Junior & Infant School pupils Katie, Chloe and Joshua with Richard Cookson, head falconer at Cuerden Birds of Prey, Titch the little owl, Angel the barn owl, Mowgley the Bengal eagle owl and Circle the tawny owl

CHILDREN at a Wigan primary school had a thrilling close encounter with some of our most beautiful creatures when a wildlife organisation visited

Cuerden Birds of Prey, based near Preston, took several captive birds of prey to Hindley Junior and Infant School, on Argyle Street, to show children in Years 2 and 3.

The young naturalists got to meet and even handle and stroke the four owls, two falcons and a hawk, before witnessing a spectacular flying demonstration in the school grounds.

The visit was part of a nature topic the children are currently taking part in. Year 2 pupils are currently learning about the theme of night and day, looking at the lives of nocturnal animals, while the Year 3 children have been studying habitats, which included a trip to Borsdane Woods.

Teacher Nicola Morris said: “It was absolutely fabulous. The birds of prey are not the type of animals the children would usually see unless they’ve been to a special event.”