Young and old alike got up close and personal at a special event at Brockholes Nature Reserve.
Feathered friends from Turbary Woods Owl and Bird Sanctuary left their coops at Chain House Lane, Preston and took up residence to put their plumes on display, giving visitors the opportunity to learn a bit more about them and have souvenir photographs taken.
And once visiting children looking to make the most of their last few days of half term had finished studying the birds, they got crafty by making salt-dough figures that they could take home and paint.
Sarah Leach, events and communications manager at Brockholes said: “We had 5,700 visitors over the half term week and 2,000 visitors for the Birds of Prey activities.
“Children who made salt dough owls were asked to ask their parents to post pictures of their finished owls on Facebook or Twitter and we had around 200 involved in that. “We are now gearing up for Easter where we will have a range of Easter themed activities for all the family, including a visit from the Easter Bunny.”
Brockholes is owned and managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust and is located at Junction 31 of the M6 (Tickled Trout Junction)