Celebrate the wonderful world of ospreys

Osprey. Picture by Emyr Evans
Osprey. Picture by Emyr Evans

Northumberland Wildlife Trust will be hosting a Family Osprey Day at Kielder Castle as part of World Osprey Week, which starts on Monday.

The drop-in event, on Saturday, March 28, between 11am and 3pm, will be a day of hands-on activities for people of all ages and will include using telescopes to try to spot the first returning osprey or watching the monitor from the comfort of the café; watching woodland birds from the bird hide; arts and crafts activities including making a wooden osprey to take home; taking part in self-guided trails; getting up close to native birds on the site and meeting the birds from the Kielder Birds of Prey Centre.

Also, as part of the day, expert ornithologist Martin Davison will lead a guided osprey walk, starting at 1pm and lasting approximately one-and-a-half hours. Booking is required for this activity due to limited spaces, so log on at www.nwt.org.uk/whats-on to secure your place. The walk is mainly aimed at adults, although children are welcome providing they can walk for one-and-a-half hours. No dogs are allowed.

Entry to the event is free, although donations are always very welcome and charges will apply to some of the craft activities.

People attending can also benefit from 20 per cent off half-day bike hire at the Kielder Cycle Centre. Contact in advance to reserve a bike on 01434 250457. For further details on the event, contact Kelly Hollings on 01434 240634.