Great Grey Owl Molly
Photo John Matthews
For many years the mission of The Hawk Conservancy has been the conservation of Birds of Prey both in the UK and internationally. As a charitable Trust we run conservation projects, participate in captive breeding programmes for endangered species, care for birds confiscated by Customs and Excise, conduct research projects, rehabilitate injured birds, educate the public on raptors (especially schoolchildren) and provide specialist training courses for outside organisations.
Your Sponsorship and Friends subscription goes directly towards the day-to-day costs of care of your chosen bird, including feeding, maintenance and veterinary costs, thereby releasing valuable resources to fund our above projects.
Becoming a Sponsor or Friend not only helps the work of the Trust, but also provides an unusual gift for both adults and children for any occasion. They can be purchased by an individual, family, group or company and are all valid for one year from date of purchase.
Don't forget, if you are a UK taxpayer and agree to Gift Aid your subscription fees, the Hawk Conservancy Trust can reclaim the tax back from the Inland Revenue, currently 28p in every £1.
What do you get as a Sponsor or Friend?
Barn Owl by Karen White
Unlike many collections, the Trust operates a 'one sponsor per bird' scheme, which is renewable annually. The current sponsor is given the first option on renewing their sponsorship, before the bird is placed back on the sponsorship list. You will receive a mounted photograph, a bird biography, a complimantary ticket for 2 adults to visit the Trust and a year's subscription to our member's newsletter, Hawktalk. An engraved plaque will be placed on the aviary housing your bird to show your support of the scheme. Sponsorship fees range from £100 to £255. The list of birds available for sponsorship varies from month to month, so please check the current sponsorship list for availability.
Every spring the Hawk Conservancy Trust is involved in the rearing, rehabilitation and release of many young birds of prey, from Tawny Owls to Kestrels.
These wild birds are brought to our specialist bird of prey hospital, by
members of the public, or animal welfare organisations, for a whole
variety of reasons and some from incredibly young ages – we have
even had eggs brought in!
Our hospital has facilities devoted to raising chicks, such as incubators, adapted hospital bays and special rehabilitation aviaries, where they can develop their flight muscles prior to release.
The young birds are supported by the Trust until they are able to fend for themselves in the wild, at which time they are released.
Are you able to support us in this work by sponsoring a young bird of
Sponsorship is just £24.75, is for one season only and will contribute towards care and feeding costs. In return we will send you:
- a sponsors certificate
- a picture of your sponsored young bird
- results report about our young bird rehabilitation project
Our sponsorship scheme has proved so successful that we often do not have enough birds or animals available for people that are interested, with every bird of prey and most other stock sponsored. With this in mind, we have introduced a “Friends” scheme.
Visitors can become a Friend of any bird or animal on the park, there is no limit to the number of Friends a bird or animal can have, and it makes an ideal gift for a special occasion.
As a Friend you will receive:
- A photo certificate
- Bird biography
- A copy of our member's newsletter Hawktalk
- An adult admission ticket to the Trust.
- Your name is displayed at the Trust to show your support of the scheme.
The cost is £45.00 per bird or animal and your friends scheme membership is renewable yearly.
Other Birds of Prey
Non-raptors and Animals
If you are interested in becoming a friend to one of our birds, please click on the appropriate image to complete the online form.