Ian Layton, our Engagement Officer, paid for by the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been working hard again this year to do just that.
Last year he organised visits to the cathedral by Ukranian, West Indian and other communities and made good contact with the Polish community in Derby but people from the Indian sub-continent proved harder to reach.
While we have had quite a few Pakistani and Indian families come to the Watch Points over the years, we really needed to make more efforts to engage with Punjabi and Urdu speakers in greater numbers.
So Ian organised a session at a library in Derby at which some falconer's birds would hopefully be a lure to get local people to come in and engage with us.
It worked a treat!
For over three hours yesterday, assisted by several of our excellent volunteers, we had a constant stream of people from many parts of the globe come in to see the birds and watch the web cams from the cathedral which were showing on a computer screen nearby.
|A patient eagle owl allows a close encounter|
The children were delighted to have their mums and dads take photos of them either with a bird on their gloved hand or, as above, gentry stroking the very obliging male eagle owl!
We told everyone how to access the peregrine web cams and the blog and we invited them to come to one of our Saturday Watch Points.
|Etritrean lad with a harris hawk|
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