A local museum is calling on members of the public to help them create a flock of woollen birds as part of a new campaign.

The Army Flying Museum, based in Middle Wallop, wants to use the knitted and crocheted eagles as part of a summer holiday project which will see the birds take roost in shops and organisations across Test Valley in time for the summer holidays.

Eagles can be custom made, or based on a pattern that the museum can provide based on Zephyr, the Army Air Corps’ mascot.

The Army Flying Museum, which opened in 1987, is no stranger to knitted visitors, having organised ‘Magnificent Mini Medals’ to commemorate Remembrance Day last year, with woollen poppies and medals submitted to the museum by members of the public.

Subsequently, ‘Sky High’ invited members of the public to submit knitted ‘Heroic Helicopters’, as well as a graffiti art project and the sewing and embroidery of military jackets, where clothing based on Army Uniforms including those from units such as the Royal Engineer Balloon Section and the Glider Pilot Regiment were created.

Patterns for the eagles can be found on the museum’s website, and once complete, they can be dropped off at the museum or posted to them directly. Members of the public are also able to create their own eagle patterns to send in their unique designs.

Once complete, the eagles will fly out to locations across Hampshire and Wiltshire as part of a summer holiday activity for people to hunt down and spot across the area.

When the eagles are complete, they can be posted to: Dan Ball, Army Flying Museum, Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hants, SO2O 8FB or you can drop them off to the museum.

The closing date for the eagles to be received is July 1 2021, and the patterns can be found here: https://armyflying.com/learn/outreach/mini-eagles/