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About our bird of prey visitor attraction

Our mission at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is the conservation of birds of prey. As a registered charity, we couldn’t do our work without you and we aim to make your day at the Trust as memorable and as enjoyable as possible.

Whether it’s the thrill of holding one of our rare birds of prey, watching world-class flying displays in one of our three display arenas, or simply meandering through our 22 acre grounds of woodland and wildflower meadow, we want to share with you our love of birds of prey and encourage you to join in our mission to conserve them.

We care for a wide range of species of birds of prey from owls to eagles and during your visit, we’ll tell you more about each species and our efforts to protect them. Our purpose-built National Bird of Prey Hospital™ is where sick, injured or orphaned raptors are cared for and where you can take a sneaky peek at some of our ongoing rehabilitation work.

Our on-site Discovery Barn is home to our Raptor Nest Box Project (RNBP), run by our Conservation Biologist Dr Matt Stevens, for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels. As well as exploring the ecology of nest box use, this project aims to assess how the use of nest boxes impacts the populations of these species.

Led by our Head of Conservation, Research and Education, Dr Campbell Murn, our International Vulture Programme  (IVP) is a multi-partner initiative that focuses on the research and conservation of vultures. We’re a core member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Vulture Specialist Group (VSG); a growing global partnership of more than 60 specialists working together towards vulture conservation. As a member of the conservation consortium Save Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE), we’re able to work towards the prevention of the poisoning of vultures and help create Vulture Safe Zones in south Asia.

There are special activities and events at the Trust throughout the year which include events, Experience Days for all the family and Photographic Days which enable you to get closer to our birds in a more intimate setting.

Feathers Restaurant is a spacious and contemporary space. It is fully licensed for alcohol and offers a range of catering options from snacks to meals, and has free Wi-Fi for visitors. The Trust Shop sells a range of gifts, souvenirs and branded merchandise. We can also provide a unique fully licensed and catered venue for civil weddings, parties, corporate events, meetings and private functions.

For more than 50 years, the Hawk Conservancy Trust has worked in the fields of conservation, education, research and rehabilitation and your visit goes towards helping that work. You can also help be a part of some of our most important projects by becoming a supporter of one of our programmes or by joining one of our membership schemes where you’ll receive various benefits throughout the year.

Our history
Our story starts with Reg Smith who, in 1966 along with his wife Hilary, opened Weyhill Zoo. Now, as the Hawk Conservancy Trust, we continue Reg and Hilary’s conservation work on a global scale.
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Meet our team
We have a skilled team of staff, directors and volunteers whose dedication and passion for the conservation of birds of prey allow us to achieve so much.
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Stay up-to-date with the our latest news from our team based at the Trust as well as the latest developments and actions from our conservation and research team.
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We can consult on a variety of topics related to birds of prey and draw on our extensive evidence-based knowledge, dedication to good welfare and husbandry and flexible and passionate approach when working with all partners.
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There are all sorts of roles in our team, from conservation and bird care to catering and administration.
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Experienced carpenter? Avid gardener? Or just looking to put your spare time to good use? Consider joining our fantastic team of volunteers, without whom we simply couldn’t complete the work that we do.
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Did you know?
Ancient Egyptians had two vulture goddesses, Nekhbet and Mut, and both are of great antiquity (c. 6000 years old).
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