Get nose to beak with some feathered friends

The Wings, Waders and Warblers workshop is at SEARCH in Gosport
The Wings, Waders and Warblers workshop is at SEARCH in Gosport
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Spring is nearly here, and soon we’ll be leaving the cold winter mornings behind us and waking up to sunshine and the sweet sound of birdsong.

But who are these winged warblers that fill the garden with natures music?

To help us learn more about the smorgasbord of species up there in our skies the SEARCH Museum in Gosport is offering families the chance to become Nature Detectives for the day with an interactive workshop called Wings, Waders and Warblers.

Being held today, the event marks the end of the Hampshire Bird Festival, a year-long celebration of local birdlife, which was launched last February by local wildlife personality Chris Packham.

The workshop offers adults and children the chance to find out all about our bird buddies, including how to spot and identify them using samples of a variety of different birds’ eggs and feathers, as well as explaining their place in food chains and migration patterns.

The museum has a wide range of stuffed specimens to give visitors a chance to get some first-hand experience of these beautiful animals, such as feeling how soft an owls feathers are, or how sharp their claws and beaks can be.

Families can also discover what they can do to help the birds in their area. And they can make their own bird feeder to take home and encourage the birds they have learned about into their own back gardens.

For those into crafts, there will also be lessons in how to make origami penguins.

Wendy Redman, education officer at SEARCH, says: ‘Come along and find out all about our feathered friends.

Meet them face to face or should that be beak to nose!

‘Discover how we can help the birds survive winter and how to spot who they are.’

The event at SEARCH Museum at 50 Clarence Road, Gosport, runs from 10am until 4pm today, with doors closing at 3pm.

There’s no need to book, just pop down any time during the day. Admission costs £2 on the door.

Also taking place as part of Hampshire Bird Festival are activity days at Staunton Country Park in Havant from 10am tomorrow and Sunday.

Admission to these costs £6.95 for adults, £2.95 for children aged three to 16, or £18 for families of up to two adults and two children.

Here, visitors can join in decorating bird-feeders and take part in the Bird Spotting Trail.

Families are also welcomed to learn about British Wildlife through a free interactive exhibition in the Barn at Bursledon Windmill between 10am and 4pm on Sunday as part of the Hampshire Bird Festival.

For more information on the closing bird festival events, visit