AN expert falconer will be attending Marco Pierre White’s Pear Tree Inn in Whitley to showcase his display of birds from all over the world.
Simon Alker will be bringing his birds to the event takes place on Sunday, 4th August, from 11am-1pm. Marco will be attendance to sign books and enjoy the day along with general manger, Michelle Dhalaigh.
Families will be introduced to Simon’s family of birds, including Genghis Khan, an American Kestrel from the Americas, and Rosie and Max, two extraordinary Lanner Falcons usually spotted in Africa and whose wingspan measures and impressive 95-105cm.
Simon will also be proudly showing off his two new additions, baby Peregrine Falcons. When they reach their full size, these large birds will reach speeds of up to 200mph in a hunting stoop. The names of these new editions are yet to be revealed, as a competition will be run on the day asking children to suggest fitting names for these magnificent baby birds of prey. The winning names will be drawn, and proceeds will go to Help for Heroes, a charity formed to help those who have been wounded in Britain’s current conflicts
Also among the feathered visitors is a 6-week old baby Bengal Owl, usually found in the Himalayas, and two Harris Hawks, Sue and Marco, who will be showing off their incredible 1.1m wingspan to enthralled spectators.
Families will have the opportunity to have their photos taken next to these impressive birds, proceeds of which will be donated to Help for Heroes, as well as meet Marco Pierre White, who will be book-signing for the charity with personal messages for the recipients.
Simon Alker is passionate about these birds, and says, “I’ve always had a fascination for these beautiful creatures and have been attending to birds of prey since I was 15 years old, 20 years ago. I think it stems from helping my Dad, who raced budgies, when I was younger. I have fond memories of helping him to rear babies and tend to the Avery.
“For many reasons some birds of prey are becoming endangered so we operate a breeding programme to try and keep the legacy of these beautiful creatures alive for future generations to enjoy.”
Marco Made Easy books will be available to buy on the day, with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
For more information can you please contact Michelle Dhalaigh on 01225 709131.