CHILDREN were encouraged to spread their wings and interact with birds of prey.

Pupils at Birch Copse Primary School welcomed experts from Falconry UK as part of a themed week of learning.

The 'Up in the Air' week saw children learn more about butterfly conservation and the history of parachutes.

On January 17, all year groups had the chance to take part in the birds of prey session.

They got to hold a blue kookaburra, baby owls and an American kestrel - the world smallest falcon.

The children bravely put on a special glove and held the animals, as the instructors told them more about the creatures.