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Families in Cheshire are being invited to join two Hawk Walks on the Forestry Commission estate at Delamere Forest, near Northwich in Cheshire this spring.
On Sunday 4 April and Sunday 2 May, visitors can enjoy a walk through Delamere Forest with a Harris Hawk and an expert falconer.
At various points along the walk the hawk will be called down to land on visitors’ hands, giving them the chance of a unique close up interactive experience with these amazing raptors.
The falconer, James Hill, who appeared on BBC 1’s ‘Wildest Dreams’ programme last year, will also be on hand to explain the hawk’s natural instincts and behaviour and will be happy to answer any questions.
Sarah Wilson, from the Forestry Commission at Delamere, says:
“The Forestry Commission’s hawk walks offer a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the beautiful Harris Hawks as they fly through natural woodland surroundings.
“To have the hawk called down to land on your gloved hand is a truly memorable experience not to be missed.”
Places are limited and can be booked at a cost of only £15 per person by calling the visitor centre at Delamere on 01606 889792.
The Hawk Walks are open to visitors aged 8 years and over, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Hawk Walks are a precursor to a series of other exciting events and activities at Delamere over the next few months; including archery, bat walks, owl prowls and bird of prey displays. For further details please contact the Information Centre on 01606 889792.
For more information about the Forestry Commission’s Delamere Forest go to www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Images of hawks at Delamere are attached. Higher resolution versions are available by calling 01524-782086.
3. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain, with responsibility for more than one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. Its North-West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber.
Sarah Wilson at Delamere on 01606 889792
Stewart Smith, tel 01524 782086