We are delighted to announce our Marion Paviour Award winner this year is Dr Georgia Jones, from Bournemouth University, and her project on Kestrel diet analysis here in the UK! The Trust is extremely pleased be part of this fascinating project working with Kestrels, especially as we work so closely with this Amber-listed species. We caught up with Georgia to find out more about her, and this fascinating project we are very happy to be helping to support:
Anyone who has visited us will know that we really love vultures, and many of our regular visitors will know that Kat Ralph from our Bird Team has a particular favourite in Burdock, one of our resident Turkey Vultures. During the summer months, you can often see Kat flying him as a pre-show act to our 2pm display in Reg’s Wildflower Meadow. We’ve caught up with Kat to find out more about the delightful Burdock:
Every year, our team go to Dronfield Nature Reserve, near Kimberley in the Northern Cape, South Africa to take part in the annual week of fieldwork ringing and tagging African White-backed Vulture chicks. This year we sent our Africa Project Officer, André Botha, along with Angus Anthony, former manager of Dronfield Nature Reserve, who we have been working with for a number of years. Here is André’s fascinating account of his trip:
Here you can read more about Nature’s a Hoot, and access resources, photos and extra insights from our fourth episode, Wildlife and Well-being with special guest environmental psychology lecturer Dr Kayleigh Wyles from Surrey University.
April marked the 25th anniversary of the official opening of Reg’s Wildflower Meadow, a special place of great value and importance to our team, our visitors and also our local environment. We’ve caught up with Trust Founder and Life President, Ashley Smith, to find out more about the history of this special place:
Here you can read more about Nature’s a Hoot, and access resources, photos and extra insights from our third episode The Future of Nature. In this episode we catch up with inspiring young conservationist Indy Greene, and Hannah and Tom talk about Extinction: the Facts, the recent BBC documentary featuring well-loved naturalist David Attenborough.
During lockdown, we were very disappointed to have to temporarily suspend some of our conservation and research activities. Fortunately, we have since been able to resume most of them. This time, however, did allow us to focus our efforts on projects we usually don’t have time to get to. For Dr Matt Stevens, our UK Conservation Biologist, this included developing a new app to aid the survey work he carries out with the help of a loyal band of volunteers. This app allows volunteers to record their research in a more streamlined way and this feeds, in real time, to […]
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Saturday 5 September is International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD). At the Hawk Conservancy Trust, we love vultures, and we work every day to raise awareness and educate the public about the plight of these wonderful birds and the vital conservation and research work we do to help vulture populations in the wild. Our International Vulture Programme (IVP) has projects in southern and East Africa and south Asia, and we are extremely grateful to our IVP partners who help to fund this programme.