Guns... and birds

BIRD OF PREY Phil Mariner and his son Joe, 14, holding a Harris hawk at Fort Nelson during the Father's Day event. Picture: Steve Reid (122060-809)
BIRD OF PREY Phil Mariner and his son Joe, 14, holding a Harris hawk at Fort Nelson during the Father's Day event. Picture: Steve Reid (122060-809)
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VISITORS to Fort Nelson got more than they bargained for at the museum.

As well as the huge national collection of big guns, people got to grips with one of nature’s predators – a Harris hawk – and plenty of other wildlife at the 19-acre site.

Bio Blitz was the first event of its kind at the Victorian Fort, where visitors were able to enjoy areas that are usually off-limits to the public.

Fort education officer Eileen Clegg said: ‘Fort Nelson is on chalk downland, providing an ideal habitat for a wide range of rare animals, birds, insects and plants.’