Ten chicks for top ten attraction

13.07.2011

Owner Ray Lowden with ten week old bald eagle, Blake. (right image)

Owner Ray Lowden holding ten week old bald eagle, Blake, eight week old Malaysian brown owl, Bo (left), ten week old lanner falcon, Leo (right with hood) and seven week old goshawk, Talon (front). (left image)

Two of the chicks still need to be imprinted so go home with Ray every night - Cora the eight week old American

black vulture and Bo, the eight week old Malaysian brown owl on the kitchen table! (bottom right image)

A flurry of new residents at a bird of prey centre have arrived just in time to help celebrate a top accolade.

Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre has ten new chicks and today ranked in a top ten list of traveller recommend attractions in Northumberland on the Trip Advisor website.

Owner, Ray Lowden, said: “I couldn’t believe it when someone told me we were ranked number eight in the top ten attractions in the whole of the county, I was over the moon. To add to it, I’ve got ten extra little (and some big) mouths to feed so we’re all in a bit of a flap at the minute!”

The only licensed bird of prey centre in the north east of England cares for a whole host of birds but has recently added ten new chicks to its family:

THE BABIES

1 A ten week old bald eagle called Blake

2 A three month old white tailed sea eagle called Sumak

3 An eight week old American black vulture called Cora

4 An eight week old Malaysian brown wood owl called Bo

5 A ten week old lanner falcon called Leo

6 A seven week old goshawk called Talon

7 AND a clutch of four baby harris hawks that were bred at the birds of prey centre itself

Kielder Observatory – the award winning star gazing facility in the Park ranked second out of the 52 attractions listed in Northumberland and Kielder Water & Forest Park itself narrowly missed out the top ten spot coming eleventh.

Elisabeth Rowark, Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust, said: “Two of the Kielder attractions ranked higher than two of the greatest castles in the county which is amazing. The fact that the list is compiled by visitors is even better.”

The Trip Advisor poll of things to do in Northumberland (as of Tuesday July 12) ranked:

1) Farne Islands

2) Kielder Observatory

3) Hadrian’s Wall

4) Cragside House and Gardens

5) Lindisfarne

6) Howick Hall

7) College Valley Estate

8) Kielder Water Birds of Prey Centre

9) Vindolanda

10) Chillingham Castle

For more information on the bird of prey centre go to www.kwbopc.com or to plan a trip to Kielder Water & Forest Park go to www.visitkielder.com.

To plan a trip to Northumberland go to www.visitnorthumberland.com.

Kielder Water & Forest Park, which spans 250 square miles, is home to the largest forest in England and the largest man-made lake in northern Europe. It was voted the most tranquil place in England by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. For more information go to www.visitkielder.com.

For more information contact Philippa Clark, communications advisor (Kielder Water & Forest Park), on 0191 301 5538, 07970 897 756 or philippa.clark@nwl.co.uk

Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust is a registered charity working to develop the Park as an inspirational place for leisure, exploration and fun.

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