Yesterday, Mum and I took my niece and nephew to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for their Feathers and Flight event. My nephew loves birds, so this was an opportunity for him to get up-close with some wonderful feathered creatures.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre can be found next to the A49 in Craven Arms. It has a car park, but, despite the weather, the event was really busy and there were no free spaces, so we had to park the car elsewhere in Craven Arms and walk back to the Discovery Centre.
The Feathers and Flight event was held to celebrate the RSPB Big Birdwatch. Alongside the RSPB were Chris Neal’s Falconry Birds of Prey, British Dragonfly Society and Butterfly Conservation, with flight displays, treasure trails and crafts. We didn’t get to see any of the flight displays, but the kids still had a great time.
We were able to stroke some of the birds and experts were on hand to tell us about them. Some of the birds seemed happier to be there than others. One fellow kept ruffling his feathers and staring at visitors!
Obviously, it would be better to see these birds in their natural habitat, but these events are a great way of learning more about them and being able to get up-close with them.
Of course, we were unable to leave without a good look around the gift shop (my nephew spent his pocket money on a 3D dinosaur puzzle, though he was tempted by a bird book). Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre has a cafe, but we decided to head to quieter quarters and headed to Ludlow Food Centre a few miles up the road for a bite to eat.
Other places nearby include Stokesay Castle (just up the road!), Ludlow Castle and Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, not forgetting the spectacular snowdrops at Stanton Lacy Church at this time of year!