Cathedral Falconer swoops in to help at B&M

Cathedral Falconer swoops in to help at B&M

One of Chester Cathedral’s Falconers swept into Sealand Road’s B&M Home Store on Friday evening to help the team with an unwanted visitor.

During a short visit to the Sealand Road store after work on Friday, cathedral Marketing Manager, Kevin Baxter, quickly became aware of a situation involving a bird of prey, who was sat in a dark corner of the store, and had been all day – despite the best efforts of staff to lure the bird out.

A few phone calls later, and Cathedral Falconer, Pete Wright from the Chester Cathedral Falconry Centre gladly gave up his time to come and help the bird – and the B&M store staff – who had no idea what to do if the bird remained in store come closing time.

A few hours later and the bird – identified as a wild sparrow hawk – was released from the store by Pete and his girlfriend, Gemma Shaw.

Families can meet and learn more about birds of prey at the Chester Cathedral Falconry and Nature Gardens which is home to owls, hawks, falcons and a very mischievous vulture.  It’s located just off the city walls and is open daily from 10am to 4pm.