Ilford pupils get to grips with birds of prey

Abdul Jabbar with a bird of prey

Abdul Jabbar with a bird of prey - Credit: Archant

School children got up close and personal with birds of prey.

Jason Ashcroft introduces the children to a blue ring Kookaburra

Jason Ashcroft introduces the children to a blue ring Kookaburra - Credit: Archant

Pupils from Winston Way Primary school in Winston Way, Ilford, got to meet a South African eagle owl, a tawny frogmouth and a blue-winged kookaburra as part of the school’s initiative to get children learning about birds and natural history.

Each year group at the school is affiliated with a bird of prey and the session allowed the pupils to get hands on with their year-specific winged representative.

Sarah with a white faced Scops Owl

Sarah with a white faced Scops Owl - Credit: Archant

PE teacher Beccy Werrin, who organised the event, said: “We wanted to introduce class identities because not only do we share some of the same characteristics as these animals, but the birds of prey family is so diverse – just like our school community.”

Jason Ashcroft and Aaliyah Khan with a South African Owl

Jason Ashcroft and Aaliyah Khan with a South African Owl - Credit: Archant

Jason Ashcroft with a Tawney Frogmouth

Jason Ashcroft with a Tawney Frogmouth - Credit: Archant