Enjoy a bird weekend at the Flash

PENNINGTON Flash will be hosting a Big Bird Watch this Sunday (29 January) to celebrate the bird life and importance of Pennington Flash and Lightshaw Meadows.

Together these sites are regionally important for their bird life and are integral to the Council’s Greenheart Strategy for Wigan.

Activities will include:

n Bird Race starting at 9am

n A 4.5 mile circular guided walk to Lightshaw Meadows starting at 10am

From 10:30am to 3pm there will also be:

n Bird Identification workshops for beginners

n A display of birds of prey including a variety of British owls along with European Eagle Owl, Great Grey Owl and Steppe Eagle.

These will not be flown but there will be an opportunity to get up close and find out more about these fascinating and impressive birds

n Nest box building

n Willow weaving and a variety of family craft activities

Stalls include the RSPB and local bird watching groups.

An optics supplier, Focal Point, will be bringing a range of binoculars and telescopes for people to test out and to give guidance on buying.

Event organisers include Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Red Rose Forest and Wigan Council.

Peter Alker from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “There will be something of interest for everyone from complete beginners to experts and anyone who is simply interested in their local environment and its wildlife.

“We hope this will bring people flocking to the site to take part in a range of activities on offer and if successful this will become an annual event.”

This event also coincides with the RSPB’s national Big Garden Birdwatch Weekend when all you need is a pen, some scrap paper and an hour to spend watching the birds in your garden, or local park, on either Saturday or Sunday, January 28 and 29. Visit www.rspb.org.uk for full details then report your findings back to the charity.