TATTON MP Esther McVey enjoyed a close encounter with an Eagle Owl during a visit to a nature reserve.

Ms McVey was given a tour of the Lower Moss Wood educational reserve and wildlife hospital by 63-year-old naturalist Ray Jackson, who runs the reserve.

Ray said: "We gave Esther a tour of the nature reserve and introduced her to Chocolate, our resident Eagle Owl, and showed her the work we do in the wildlife hospital.

“We would like to thank Esther for taking the time to visit us and showing an interest in what we do.”

Every year more than 2,000 sick, injured and orphaned animals and birds are brought to Ray's wildlife hospital to be cared for and hopefully released back into their natural habitat when they're well enough.

Lower Moss Wood is running desperately short of food for the animals, especially cat food, as it has had so many hedgehogs to feed recently.

Tins or sachets of cat food are needed, and the reserve is also appealing for dog food. You can contact Lower Moss Wood on 01565 755082.

Ray added: "Our volunteer Lisa attended Mobberley C of E Primary School fair along with Shimba, our resident Barn Owl.

"She did a wonderful job as always and raised £75 for us. Thank you to Lisa and to everyone that came and supported us."