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Learn the art of falconry

PUBLISHED: 17:29 03 March 2014 | UPDATED: 17:29 03 March 2014

Head Falconer Gary Lawrence

Head Falconer Gary Lawrence

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Visitors can experience something a bit different at Puxton Park when it holds a falconry weekend on 15 and 16 March.

It is hoped the experience days will not only educate visitors but give them a greater insight and understanding into birds of prey.

Falconer Gary Lawrence, who has more than 28 years experience and cares for 15 breeds of birds, will conduct flying displays in the main arena at 11am and 1pm on both days.

The displays will offer the rare chance to see eagles, falcons, hawks and owls as they swoop, dive and soar through the sky, find out where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.

There will also be an opportunity on both days to participate in an owl encounter in the owl barn and meet Puxton’s falconry mascot, Owlbert Einstein.

The weekend will also give youngsters the chance to take part in treasure hunts throughout both days at the falconry centre and meet the newly born lambs.

The lambing season at Puxton is booming with the arrival of a set of healthy triplets along with many more newly born lambs already this year.

Youngsters will get the chance to meet these cuddly animals on March 8 and March 9, followed by the opportunity to see them on the falconry weekend.

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