HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the Hawk and Owl Trust’s new education and visitor centre at its Sculthorpe Moor Community Nature Reserve, near Fakenham, North Norfolk.
Among the guests there to greet her were two local children, one dressed as a marsh harrier – this special bird regularly breeds there – and the other a peregrine – the emblem of the Hawk and Owl Trust, Britain’s leading national charity dedicated to conserving wild birds of prey and their habitats.
Both children are members of the Trust’s after-school Kestrel Club for eight to 12-year-olds that meets regularly at the reserve.
Inside the centre the Princess saw displays introducing visitors to the birds of prey and other wildlife of Sculthorpe Moor, as well as its fascinating history. The reserve has many different habitats and, as the restoration work continues, an increasing number and variety of plants, birds and other animals.