Education: Educational visits

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a registered charity that is committed to the conservation of birds of prey and their habitats. Raising awareness and educating future generations are important aspects of our work.

A day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an enjoyable and interactive learning experience. With over 150 birds of prey covering more than 50 species, from the tiny Pygmy Owls to the impressive Griffon Vulture, we specialise in conservation education about raptors. We welcome student groups of all ages and cater for everyone from nursery school children to post graduate students conducting research for their theses.

All student groups will have an introductory talk on arrival, which covers the Trust and its conservation work.

A typical day for your school group will include:

  • The opportunity to meet a British bird of prey
  • Watching the 11.00am 'Wings of Africa' and 2.00pm 'Valley of the Eagles' flying demonstrations
  • Other activities such as the vulture restaurant and keepers talk, and wild bird feed
  • Viewing all the aviaries around the grounds, many of which house some of the rare and endangered species that are part of our conservation breeding programmes
  • A walk around our seven acre wildflower meadow with information and worksheets that relate to the importance of the meadow habitat, from plants and invertebrates to the wild raptors you will find there

The Hawk Conservancy Trust’s education team is constantly reviewing and developing our educational programme, with all areas of the teaching curriculum being provided for.
Your day will include learning about:

  • Different species of raptor and their individual hunting techniques
  • Aspects of Conservation
  • Habitats
  • Predators, prey and food chains
  • Flight and adaption

As an outdoor attraction we recommend that all our visitors dress according to the weather forecast. Although the majority of pathways are tarmac we also recommend that visitors wear footwear appropriate for walking on unmade tracks and grassed areas.

Please note: Children must be supervised throughout the duration of their visit.

Did you know?

Of all the owls studied, the Barn Owl shows the best ability to discern exactly where a sound is coming from, and is able to memorise the complex sounds associated with a certain type of prey.

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We have carried on working on Birds of Prey at school, making posters and carrying out experiments on how beaks work.
Year 9, Edington & Shapwick School

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