10th November 2014
A large bird of prey spotted soaring above North Manchester could be dangerous and should not be approached, wildlife experts have warned.
The Harris Hawk was seen flying around Blackley Woods near Manchester this weekend, and is the third known sighting of potentially-dangerous predators in a matter of weeks in Greater Manchester.
Barbara Royle, of the Independent Bird Register, said the sighting came just days after a similar bird had been spotted nearby, but this was later to be a tame hawk which was since reunited with its owner.
She warned the hawk could be unpredictable, and it was difficult to know how it would respond to members of the public.
Bird expert Barbara said: “All birds of prey are dangerous, but it depends on how they have been trained.