The warmer weather is now here and we are entering the busy period with the team attending events. It has been a pleasure to see many people from America this year, mainly the Boston region, we have had people visiting from the local area too which is also good to see.
The national park name has changed, not sure what to think about that to be honest, other than it would have been nice to have had some sort of consultation process on the idea, I shall be calling it the Brecon Beacons for the time being.
This year Twizzle the Gymngene has been behaving wonderfully, I have never worked with a bird that shows so much natural behaviour for a captive animal. The guests have loved every minute of her amazing flying and naughty behaviour. We recently visited the wonderful location of Tinturn Abbey.
During the second demonstration on the Sunday two of the team thought it would be funny to disappear, leaving me with a crowd of over a hundred people for 40 minutes. I was amazed at how the display went so well, we meaning the crowd spoke about the environment in Britain and conservation in general, we also had a delightful lady from Australia talking about the new King and his passion for conservation.
Another lovely couple from Cardiff and Swansea introduced themselves during the display, I then tried to educate the rest of the crowd on the division between the two communities when it came to football, it was all in good spirits and made for good entertainment while the birds had decided to fly off. After the show had finished I still had neither of the team with me, I eventually got Rupert the falcon back from his visit to England, Willow was a different matter though. She decided to fly off at 11am that morning and roost in the ruins, I got her back at 5pm thankfully.
This weekend we are at the beautiful venue of Laugharne Castle, a coastal town also known for the famous Welsh poet, Dillon Thomas. We shall be there on the 28th and 29th of May so if you are in the area or would like to take the family out on a bank holiday weekend why not come down for a visit to see the birds in action.
I leave you with a wonderful picture sent to us by a guest who came on a family experience, seeing the children with Florence our White Tailed Eagle looking out at the landscape feels me with inspiration, also the great feeling of giving young people the opportunity to spend time with an amazing species that we hope to see wild in Wales one day.
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Bird of prey flying team, based in the stunning region of the Brecon Beacons.