A walk on the wild side

Tawny-owlOn November 30th & 13th December RSPB Coombes Valley nature reserve will be taking visitors on a wild trek to uncover the secret life of the enigmatic tawny owl.
Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park in North Staffordshire, the beautiful oak woodland nature reserve is now a proud home to a parliament of tawny owls.
With the help of expert guides, visitors will get to take part in a ‘behind the scenes’ survey. Lauren Shannon, spokesperson for the RSPB said: “We are carrying out surveys to find out more about the population of tawny owls on the reserve and to discover where their territories lie.
“This is a great opportunity for people to really get connected with nature, its is also a fantastic way of giving people an insight into some of the work we do here at the nature reserve.
“Most people are familiar with the ‘twit-twoo’ call of the tawny owl, which can sometimes be heard in the day but mostly after dusk. Using a simple playback device, we will listen out for calling owls at various points in the woodlands and watch the wild woodland come to life!”
The tawny owl treks will run from 6 pm – 8 pm. Visitors are asked to bring torches. The event costs £8 for adults, £4 for children, with a 20% discount for RSPB members.
Booking is essential for this event as numbers are limited to ten places per walk to prevent disturbance. Please call 01538 384017 or email coombes.valley@rspb.org.uk
For more information about RSPB Coombes Valley and a full list of events visit: www.rspb.org.uk/coombesvalley