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Dudley Zoo Raptor Day hailed success

By Heather Large | Entertainment | Published:

Dudley Zoo's Raptor Day has been hailed a flyaway success raising almost £870.

Kriss Pearson

Thousands of people visited the 11th century castle courtyard to see r birds of prey, which included harris hawks, a red-footed falcon, common buzzard and a Northern White-faced Owl.

Keepers spoke about their plight as well as the threats facing British species such as the barn owl and kestrel who have seen a dramatic reduction in their numbers over recent years.

Bird Keeper, Kriss Pearson, who organised the event on Bank Holiday Monday, said: “It was a fantastic day and we were delighted with the amount of money we raised.

“It was a brilliant opportunity to speak to so many visitors and hopefully we’ve ignited an interest in feathered animals!”

Throughout the day keepers raised money to purchase owl and kestrel nesting boxes for the zoo’s 40-acre site, with bird themed games including guess the name of the cuddly owl and guess the number of feathers in a jar.

The zoo also added the funds raised from the day’s nectar pot sales in Lorikeet Lookout to boost the final total.

Kriss added: “We wanted to raise money for the boxes as the upcoming winter season is the worst for barn owls and kestrels in particular.

“Cold, wet weather prevents them from nesting and hunting and many die of starvation as wet weather also impacts the vole population too, which is their main source of food.

“We’re also hoping to install cameras to the boxes, so visitors can get a closer look at some of our rarer native bird life.”

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.

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