Birds of prey display gets visitors flocking to park for a glimpse

Birds: One of the owls which was on show at Middleton Park on Sunday.
Birds: One of the owls which was on show at Middleton Park on Sunday.
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Rare birds swooped into a park in Leeds to entertain crowds at the weekend.

More than 250 people flocked to Middleton Park on Sunday for the Birds of Prey Experience.

The event, organised by the Friends of Middleton Park, featured a handful of birds including an American kestrel, barn owl and red kite.

Alan Shaw, chairman of the friends group, said: “There was a whole world of fun for people who came and everyone really enjoyed the day.

“We try and put on things that people in the neighbourhood don’t necessarily get to see very often and it gets people coming into the park.”

The friends group worked with SMJ Falconry to put on the display.

And it is also hosting a judged dog show on Sunday, from 1pm-4pm, with seven different classes.

The annual Great Middleton Park Show is being held this year on September 11. It features a produce and flower show, stalls and dog trials.

The group relies on donations and is looking for new members. For more information contact info@fomp.co.uk

Rachel Reeves.

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