Birds of prey feature at Hurst Green church

A birds of prey display hed as part of the Church Goes Wild initiative at St John's, Hurst Green
A birds of prey display hed as part of the Church Goes Wild initiative at St John's, Hurst Green

The vicar at St John’s Church, Hurst Green, has had unusual additions to her “flock” in recent months!

The church runs a programme of events called Church Goes Wild to enthuse and educate the wider community, and especially local families, about wildlife.

Gilly the goose at St John's Church, Hurst Green

Gilly the goose at St John's Church, Hurst Green

There was a display by Corio Raptor Care in the church when Nick Henderson took along his birds of prey. More than 30 children were able to see, touch and hold the birds, which seemed completely unfazed by their unusual surroundings.

Not so the next avian visitor, Gilbert the goose, who gave a surprise visit before the showing of the film “Fly Away Home” . “He” has since turned out to be a “she” and hastily renamed Gilly. She was found sitting on a nest of eggs under a gooseberry bush!

Future events planned at the church include a bat walk and a drawing wildlife workshop.

l For more details call Clare Hyde on 01254 878402 or see the church website www.stjohnshurstgreen.co.uk or the Forest of Bowland website www.forestofbowland.com