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Adopt a Snowy Owl

Meet Sweeney Todd!

If you’d like to adopt a Snowy Owl, one of the most iconic species of owl, then Sweeney Todd is the Snowy Owl for you!

Sweeney Todd was born at the Hawk Conservancy Trust in 2008 when the naming theme of the year was ‘Outlaws and Villains’. She is a beautiful owl, and keeps herself in fantastic condition to show off that iconic white and black plumage.

As a bird from colder climates, she wows her fans in the winter months when she features in our winter displays and evening events.  Watching her fly is breath-taking and equally special is the sight of her fluffy little legs as she walks following her favourite member of the bird team, looking a little like she has fluffy boots on. Snowy Owls walk and run faster than most owls!

Sweeney has gathered a reputation amongst the team as a bit of a diva. On quite a few occasions, she has been unwilling to return to her aviary after her segment of the demonstration, preferring to stay in the arena and soak up the limelight. Many of our regular visitors have become accustomed to the ‘Sweeney Todd’ show.

The rest of the year, she can be found in her aviary during the warm summer days dozing in the dappled sun.  She really does have the life of luxury!

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. Adopting one of our owls or other birds of prey is a fantastic gift for the bird enthusiast in your life that keeps giving back. Choose from the various Snowy 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 Snowy 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 Snowy 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 Snowy Owl
Sweeney Todd struts her stuff!

Did you know that Snowy Owls can walk and run faster than most other owls! They can also fly and glide with deceptive speed with their broad, powerful wings.

Sweeney Todd in flight

Sweeney Todd our Snowy Owl is a firm favourite on our winter flying displays team. She’s a true professional and wonderful to watch in flight, particularly on days such as when this when there is crisp cold weather and bright blue skies!

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?
Owls have four toes; a permanent back toe and three front toes. One of these front toes can rotate to the front or back to allow owls to improve their grip on their captured prey.
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