Shoppers entertained by birds of prey

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Ian Alderson with Rolo the European eagle owl.
York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Ian Alderson with Rolo the European eagle owl.
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Shoppers in Halifax enjoyed getting up close and personal with birds of prey.

York Birds of Prey showcased a selection of their birds last weekend at Woolshops Shopping Centre.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Marcus Tooth, five, with Pepper the Ural owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Marcus Tooth, five, with Pepper the Ural owl.

The event was the first in a series taking place over the next three months to give people the chance to meet and handle a variety of birds including two baby goshhawks.

Falconry experts were also on site to give information about the history of falconry, the different species of birds, their diets and habitats.

Jason Gregg, centre manager, said: “York Birds of Prey were a welcome addition to the centre at the weekend as we celebrated Yorkshire Day. It was fantastic to see so many shoppers take an interest in the rare birds.”

Since opening in 2013, The York Birds of Prey Centre has grown in popularity and is now home to more than 70 birds with 45 different species at the site at Burn Hall, Huby, just outside York.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Poppy Cliffe, nine, and Margaret Richardson with Pip the African white face owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Poppy Cliffe, nine, and Margaret Richardson with Pip the African white face owl.

For anyone who missed out, York Birds of Prey will be returning to the Woolshops Shopping centre on the 15th 16th August 15 and 16, September 19 and October 3.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Poppy Cliffe, nine, with Pip the African white face owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Poppy Cliffe, nine, with Pip the African white face owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Rebecca and Simon Armstrong with Pepper the Ural Owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Rebecca and Simon Armstrong with Pepper the Ural Owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Charlotte Holdsworth with Rolo the European eagle owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Charlotte Holdsworth with Rolo the European eagle owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Jack Cummings, four, with a three-week-old barn owl.

York Birds of Prey Centre visits The Woolshops Shopping Centre, Halifax, for Yorkshire Day. Jack Cummings, four, with a three-week-old barn owl.