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National Bird of Prey Hospital™ Annexe opened by wildlife presenter Megan McCubbin

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TV wildlife presenter, zoologist and conservationist Megan McCubbin has officially opened a new annexe at the National Bird of Prey HospitalTM near Andover, Hampshire – increasing the facility’s capacity to care for injured and sick birds of prey.

The new annexe has been built to expand capacity, so there is potential to treat and rehabilitate more than 200 orphaned, injured and sick birds of prey each year.  Birds are often brought to the facility by members of the public or transferred from other wildlife centres and the patients are predominantly victims of road traffic accidents; youngsters that have fallen from nests; and sometimes birds that have been targeted by persecution activities.

Operated by the Hawk Conservancy Trust, a specialist bird of prey conservation charity, the hospital is also involved in breeding programmes and research for the conservation of species both in the UK and overseas.

Funded from donations from Animal Friends and public donations from Graham & Rita Morgan, Carline Stelling in memory of David Stelling, and Maureen Dixon in memory of Valerie Roberts, the new annexe features not only additional space, but also improved access for anyone bringing a bird for assessment and treatment and its modern construction further improves biosecurity.

The hospital is located at the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s visitor centre and the design of the new annexe makes it possible for educational visits to learn more about the hospital’s vital work.

To give you an insight into the fascinating work at the Hospital, we’ve gone behind the scenes with Hospital Manager Cedric Robert in our latest documentary – Stories from the Hospital. We hope that you enjoy it and continue to support the important work that the National Bird of Prey Hospital™ does daily.

WIN a day with the Bird Team at the Hawk Conservancy Trust!

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Enter our fundraising raffle to win this money-can’t-buy experience to be an extra member of our bird team for the day!

You and a friend will join us for a full day when we will invite you behind-the-scenes to areas not normally open to the public. You will have an opportunity to help with the day-to-day care of our birds, including handling, flying and enrichment sessions. Plus there’ll be a chance to work with a variety of species that call the Trust home, whilst learning more about the techniques we use to train our birds.

On this special day, there will also be an opportunity for you to be involved in one of our three world-class flying displays!

During the day, we’ll also give you an insight into some of the techniques we use to create the flying displays that we are best-known for. With an expert at your fingertips, this will be the perfect time for you to ask everything you wish to know about working with our impressive birds and the Trust.

Please note that the exact activities included in this special experience may vary from those advertised and will be dependent on the time of year booked.

Raffle will close at midnight on 31 December 2022, and be drawn on Monday 2 January 2023 and notified on the same day.

Terms and Conditions apply

Purchase raffle tickets here.

 

 

Run Ryan Run!

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We’re excited to share that our Registrar and Bird Team member, Ryan Stephens is taking part in this year’s London Marathon. Ryan is hoping to raise £6500 to support the vital work of the National Bird of Prey HospitalTM. He has never run a marathon before – so it is a big challenge!

Ryan shares his story about finding solace in running, and how your support can make a difference:

“Growing up I was never really a sporty person. I enjoyed playing a little bit of badminton and tennis, but apart from that, I was always side-lined during PE lessons. However, I used to love doing cross-country runs, and I used to be pretty good at it!

Fast-forward 20 years, long distance running is still the only sport that I really enjoy and it is a fantastic way to relieve anxiety. I started to fully commit to distance running during the first COVID-19 lockdown, as like most people, I had little else to do. I put my running shoes on and off I went!

It was at this time I set myself my first major challenge of completing a half marathon around Reg’s Wildflower Meadow to fundraise just a little of the money the Trust lost. Together we raised just over £4000! I was blown away by the support and warmth from everyone, especially two of my fellow Bird Team members, Ben Cox and Ria May, who were instrumental to the success we had.

At the beginning of 2022, I found myself in quite a rut. It seemed to be a very wet and murky winter which felt never ending. I caught a nasty virus which caused quite a lot of anxiety and left me feeling pretty low. Just when I started to feel back to myself again, a place became available to participate in this year’s London Marathon thanks to Investec, the Trust’s official partners. I jumped at the opportunity, as I needed something to get myself back on track with a focus. The opportunity to train and raise funds for the Trust was just what I needed!

This will be the biggest challenge I have yet to undertake in my life, but under the guidance of marathon veteran and our National Bird of Prey HospitalTM Manager Cedric Robert, and the support from everyone at the Trust, I know I can do it. I hope to raise a fantastic amount for the National Bird of Prey HospitalTM – It is just the most uplifting feeling to see a young Tawny Owl come into the hospital in a sorry state and, with Cedric and his team’s care, returned back into the wild fit and healthy. Having worked and lived so closely with owls over the years, it is a well-known at the Trust that the owls (as well as the donkeys) are my favourites!

Roll on October, and look out for my training progress and updates along the way! I’m hoping you can help me beat my £4000 half-marathon figure and get somewhere near the amazing £8000 that Gary Benton raised in 2016 when he ran the London Marathon! Wouldn’t it be amazing if I beat him?”

Donate to Ryan’s fundraising page here.

Poison response training in Uganda

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We are delighted to share news of expansion of our vulture conservation work into Uganda, East Africa!

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First ever records of Egyptian Vulture migrations in Central Asia!

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We are very excited to be able to share the initial results from this project, showing the first recorded migration routes of Egyptian Vultures in Central Asia. (more…)

Meet Jaime Carlino, our Marion Paviour Awardee 2021

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We are very excited to introduce Jaime Carlino, our 2021 Marion Paviour award winner, a graduate student on Humboldt State University’s Barn Owl Research Team. Jaime works in the vineyards of Napa Valley, California and is studying where Barn Owls prefer to nest, how healthy they are and what effects this has on how successfully they reproduce. This work is particularly fascinating for us, as it aligns with our British conservation work providing nest boxes for owls. Jaime tells us more below! (more…)

Meet the birds – Egyptian Vulture project

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Introducing Anya, Arys, Timur and Bukhara! These four special birds are Egyptian Vultures, fitted with GPS satellite tags, as part of an exciting new project in Uzbekistan.

The aim of the project is to identify migration routes and wintering areas of Endangered Egyptian Vultures living in Central Asia. We are helping with this project by providing satellite tags to fit to the vultures, including the one fitted to the vulture named Bukhara. (more…)

Share the love this Valentine’s Day

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, we are holding a special raffle to give you the chance to come and meet your love! But who do you love the most? (more…)

Introducing Wallace

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We’re ecstatic to welcome to our team a five month old Bald Eagle who we have named Wallace. Our naming theme for this year is naturalists so he’s been named after Alfred Russell Wallace, the British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, biologist and illustrator. We’ve teamed him up for training with Simon Christer from our Bird Team and we’ll keep you up to date with his progress over the next few months. (more…)

2019 Photographic Competition Results

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We are delighted to announce the final results for our 2019 Photographic Competition – keep watching to find out the overall winner.

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