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Adopt a Barn Owl

Meet Charlie!

Charlie the Barn Owl is an invaluable member of the bird team.

If you’d like to adopt an owl that features as one of the UK’s favourite birds, then Charlie the Barn Owl is the owl to adopt!

Charlie the Barn Owl was born in 2013, and lives at the Hawk Conservancy Trust alongside his sister, Delta. He is a truly beautiful owl to watch in flight – Barn Owls hunt by flying in a figure of eight motion called quartering. Charlie has demonstrated this unique style of flight over the years by taking part in our flying displays.

Over the past few years, poor Charlie has started to develop cataracts. Although this does not affect his overall health, it means he is better suited to flying in open spaces where he can really spread his wings and manoeuvre around the large area. Therefore he now flies more often in our evening events and experience days, where he can soar over Reg’s Wildflower Meadow and our Savannah Arena.

He is quite an independent owl, and can often be a bit shy! When he is not flying, he spends his time contently sitting on the highest perch of his aviary and posing beautifully for passers-by.

If you would like to adopt an owl whose sweet and shy demeanour will win you over, then adopt Charlie the Barn Owl!

Our adoption packages provide the perfect gift.

Choose from our adoption options - Prices from £25

If you choose to adopt a bird of prey or owl you will be helping towards the care of our birds and conservation work that takes place in the UK and overseas. It is a gift that keeps on giving.  You could adopt a Barn Owl as a gift or for yourself.  Choose from the various Barn Owl adoption options below.

Digital

Our Digital Adoption packs make a fantastic present for bird fanatics! This digital package arrives straight into your inbox for you to forward on to your chosen recipient, or print out for yourself. There’s no packaging, no waiting on the post, and a lesser impact on the environment.

As part of your Digital Adoption pack, you will receive by email:

  • A digital  certificate of adoption
  • A digital fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A digital, high-resolution photo of your adoptee

Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£25

Adopt a Barn Owl
Digital+

Digital+ Adoption packs have all the benefits of our Digital Adoptions, plus the chance to come and see your adoptee at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s award-winning Visitor Attraction Centre! As part of your Digital+ Adoption pack, you will receive by email:

  • An admission eVoucher to the Trust so that you can visit us and see your adoptee
  • Your name displayed on our Adoptions board
  • A digital  certificate of adoption
  • A digital fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A digital, high-resolution photo of your adoptee

Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£40

Adopt a Barn Owl
Adoption

Our Adoption Pack makes a wonderful gift for bird lovers of all ages. For just £60, you will receive in your adoption pack:

  • An admission ticket to the Trust so that you can visit us and see your adoptee
  • Your name displayed on our Adoptions board
  • A certificate of adoption
  • A fact sheet about your adopted species
  • A mounted photo of your adoptee
  • A memento of your adopted species

All of this will be delivered in a beautiful Hawk Conservancy Trust embellished box.  Your fees, which are renewable annually, contribute to the care of our birds.

£60

Adopt a Barn Owl
Building nest boxes for British birds of prey

This project is aimed at four British bird of prey species with the overall conservation goal of maximising the population potential of the target species. The primary method is to increase nest site availability for these species in areas of otherwise suitable habitat. The four target species are: Barn Owl, Kestrel, Little Owl and Tawny Owl.

How well can Barn Owls hear?

Join Bird Team member Tom on one of our Lockdown Livestreams to find out all about the wonderful world of Barn Owls, and their incredible hearing abilities!

Adopt a Bird of Prey FAQ'S

What types of birds of prey can I adopt?

There are seven birds of prey that you can adopt: Sweeney Todd the Snowy Owl, Charlie the Barn Owl, Cassius the African White-backed Vulture, Angola the Secretary Bird, Raj the Peregrine Falcon, Cottonmouth the Burrowing Owl or Danebury the Bald Eagle. Please note Cottonmouth the Burrowing Owl is only available as a Digital or Digital Plus adoption exclusively.

Can I meet the bird of prey I have adopted?

If you choose our Digital+ or Standard Bird of Prey Adoption pack, you will have an admission voucher included in your adoption pack for you to visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust. If you ask a member of our team on arrival they will be able to show you where your adopted bird of prey’s aviary is around the Trust Grounds so you can see them.

How long does my Bird of Prey Adoption last for?

All Bird of Prey Adoptions last one year from date of purchase.

Does my Adoption automatically renew?

Your bird of Prey Adoption does not automatically renew, however you will receive an email before your adoption is about to expire notifying you of the approaching expiry date and a reminder to renew.

Will my name be on a plaque?

If you have adopted a bird of prey with our Digital+ or Standard Adoption packs, you can find your name on our Adoptions Board next to our Rose Arch. Premium Adoptions will have the adoptee’s name on a plaque on the adopted bird of prey’s aviary.

Did you know?
Golden Eagles are more closely related to hawks (like the Red-tailed Hawk) than to Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles are more closely related to kites.
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