Four pairs of Asian White-backed Vultures are incubating eggs at our breeding centre in Changa Manga in Pakistan. If all eggs hatch, this will be the most successful year to date for the centre. There are now 21 vultures at the facility, including 15 adults and 6 younger birds. We have successfully fledged two chicks each year between 2016 and 2018 and for 2019, in our most promising year so far, there are four breeding pairs of vultures who are currently incubating eggs! We have cameras installed to keep track of their progress, and we are very hopeful that there […]
As part of an ongoing research project into the effect of nature on our health and well-being, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is hosting students from the University of Surrey. One of the students, Jess Green, tells us about her undergraduate dissertation project that she conducted here at the Trust.
Each year, the training schedule of all new birds is divided among the Bird Team. To get the most out of each bird, we know from experience that it is best to have a one or two people assigned to each bird, at least initially, to build confidence. This summer, Kat Ralph has been working with a young Black Kite and we’ve been catching up with her to find out more about what this process involves:
2018 has been a productive year of vulture research and conservation activities for the Trust, so we’ve been looking back at some of the highlights of the year: January – Expanded our Poison Response Activity programme through collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and University of Reading. February – Our Poison Response Project Officer responded to a poisoning incident in Mozambique, where ivory poachers targeted vultures with deadly poison. Unfortunately over 100 vultures died, however the team prevented hundreds more vulture deaths through quick and effective decontamination of the poisoning scene. March – New paper co-authored by our Head of Conservation and Research, […]
Winter can be a tough time of year for wild birds of prey, particularly young birds facing their first winter. We’ve been catching up with Cedric Robert, our National Bird of Prey HospitalTM Manager, to find out more about some of the most recent patients: “November has been an eventful month for me in the hospital, so I am going to give you an insight to just one week last month. We started the week with only one indoor bay available inside the hospital and all outdoor rehabilitation aviaries were full. I was very eager to be back to work […]
We love vultures and a big part of our work is finding out more about them! Watch this video to see our Head of Conservation and Research, Dr Campbell Murn, conducting field work as part of a project on Hooded Vultures in Southern Africa. In this region, the Hooded Vulture is an elusive species. It mainly occurs in protected areas and places where the human population density is low and there has been little research conducted on Hooded Vultures in southern Africa, which has limited our understanding of its ecology.
We have Christmas all wrapped up to allow you to bag those perfect gifts, enjoy special family events and remain stress free. Christmas Dinner Why not join us for your Christmas dinner? We have a delicious menu that will have everyone’s mouth-watering. This will be available for pre-booked groups between Saturday 24 November and Sunday 23 December. Please email email@example.com for more information and to book. Take a look at the Christmas Dinner menu. Christmas Carols and Owls by Moonlight Join us for a special evening to kick off the festive season. You will be welcomed by the festive sounds of The Blue […]