Owl event a real hoot for shoppers

Owls
Owls

A HARRY Potter inspired owl display entertained hundreds of shoppers at the Hildreds Centre, Skegness, last Sunday.

Coinciding with the release of The Deathly Hallows - Part Two, avian experts from Rushmoor Country Park, brought along a selection of their most magnificent owls.

Unlike Harry Potter’s owl, Hedwig, these had not been trained to send letters, but some of the lucky crowd were given the chance to handle the birds of prey which included a snowy owl and a several barn owls of various ages.

Hildreds Centre manager Pete Roffe said: “The event was a huge success and a real treat for our shoppers.

“Experienced falconer, Dave McKie from Rushmoor Country Park put on a great display and even gave shoppers the chance for some close-up handling of the owls.”

Bird handlers at the park near Louth display birds of prey to visitors seven days a week ranging from the very smallest owls to the largest breed, the European Eagle Owl, which grows to be nearly three feet tall.