PICTURES: Olympian opens zoo's bird facility

PUBLISHED: 09:57 18 April 2019

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Phil Lightwood-Jones

A bird exhibit at a Wraxall zoo was opened by a British Olympic hero with a fitting nickname.

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-JonesEddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Olympic legend Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards launched the Wings of Wonder on April 6, a birds of prey enclosure and display show at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm.

The display, which was curated and performed by falconer Nathalie Denolf, treated spectators to a flight show of impressive birds of prey.

Eddie, who shot to fame after representing the UK in ski jumping at the 1986 Olympics, cut the ribbon opening the facility which will home a total of 15 birds at the zoo including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-JonesEddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Displays run twice daily, with indoor and outdoor features including a garden and seating area to observe the birds.

The zoo will host giant Easter egg hunts around its grounds daily until April 27 where youngsters will receive a free chocolate egg and booklet about the story of Easter.

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-JonesEddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-JonesEddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

Eddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-JonesEddie �The Eagle� Edwards opened the wings of wonder enclosure. Picture: Phil Lightwood-Jones

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