Watch the talon show

Posted on 14th November 2011

Birds of prey at Wildlife Trust nature reserves

They are among nature’s most deadly assassins, equipped with razor sharp talons and even sharper senses. Watching birds of prey is a thrilling experience, and finding a spot to see them just got easier thanks to The Wildlife Trusts’ guide Great places to see raptors.

Three to see in winter

Winter is the perfect time to watch raptors. They can be seen surveying the lie of the land from skeletal trees or coasting low over bare ground to swoop on unsuspecting mammals.

Species to look out for include:

Short-eared owl
The short-eared is a day-flying owl. At the Portrack Marsh, managed by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, short-eared owls can be seen patrolling over wet grassland during late winter afternoons.

Peregrine falcon
Large flocks of wildfowl and waders attract the peregrine falcon, the world’s fastest animal, in winter. Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Wheldrake Ings is a haunt of peregrines as they seek out prey from the huge flocks of golden plover, lapwing, teal and wigeon.

Nature writer, author and journalist, Simon Barnes, said:

“A red kite, twisting his tail as he steers with insolent ease across the sky. A kestrel hovering over the motorway verge. A marsh harrier – they were once down to a single pair in this country – quartering the reedbeds. A peregrine making the anchor silhouette in the sky as he turns into the fastest living thing on the planet. Birds of prey are special alright.”

Simon Barnes’ full feature on birds of prey and The Wildlife Trusts’ downloadable guide to where to see them can be found at


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Notes for editors:
The Wildlife Trusts (TWT)
There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK. All are working for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone. Our vision is to create A Living Landscape and secure Living Seas. We manage around 2,300 nature reserves. Every year we work with thousands of schools and our nature reserves and visitor centres receive millions of visitors. Each Wildlife Trust is working within its local communities to inspire people about the future of their area: their own Living Landscapes and Living Seas.