The Hawk Conservancy Trust is marking the International Vulture Awareness Day, on Saturday 3rd September, with activities and information that will entertain and inform visitors, in order to draw attention to the plight of these endangered birds.
Among the activities is a scale drawing featuring several species of vulture that visitors can measure themselves against. The drawings demonstrate the wingspan of the mighty condor (over 3m/10ft), down to the petite Hooded Vulture (1.6m/5ft).
Ashley Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawk Conservancy Trust said "these initiatives are vital for capturing the public's imagination and raising awareness to the plight of these incredible raptors. Vultures are an environmentally important factor in any eco-system where they exist. Their preservation and protection is vital in maintaining a healthy planet."
The Trust will also be running talks, a 'Vulture Restaurant' - where visitors can see the vultures feed - and flying demonstrations that include several species of vulture.
Curator, Andy Hinton, said "the closer people can get to this fascinating bird the more they will understand it and, hopefully, become concerned and involved in its long-term conservation."