Competition to boost bird centre appeal

PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 July 2016

Josh holding Rebel the Harris hawk.

Josh holding Rebel the Harris hawk.

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A North Somerset not-for-profit organisation, which cares for exotic birds and animals, is urging the area’s finest photographers to dust off their cameras and showcase their skills at a competition it is hosting on Sunday.

The North Somerset Birds of Prey Centre, in Congresbury, is opening its doors to visitors and is urging people to go along and enter its photography competition.

The centre is in the process of raising money to install nest box cameras at its Smallway site, and it will use the money generated from the open day to further its cause.

Staff and volunteers hope the cameras, which will sit inside nest boxes at the site, will enable staff to spot problems in breeding pairs and baby birds which could potentially save a bird’s life.

Sunday’s open day, which will take place from 10am-4.30pm, will enable visitors to meet a range of birds and animals, and the centre wants people’s experiences on the day to be the subject of competition entries.

Photos entered into the competition – which includes open, junior, youth and best action photo categories – must be of birds or animals photographed on the day.

Prizes up for grabs include a free family pass to the centre’s next open day in August, a bird of prey encounter and an owl experience.

A centre spokesman said: “There will be flying displays, educational talks and chances to hold a bird of prey, as well as opportunities to meet the amazing array of exotic animals we also care for.

“We have more than 50 birds of prey including owls, hawks, falcons and eagles.

“We also have raccoons, foxes, marmoset monkeys, a raccoon dog, genets, ferrets, reptiles and a skunk.

“There really is something for everyone.”

Entries must be submitted via email to nsbopc@aol.co.uk and winners will be chosen by August 14.

People are allowed to enter one photo into one category of their choice.


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