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Running for Raptors

Posted on: April 30th, 2019 by Alice

This June, the Trust’s National Bird of Prey HospitalTM Manager, Cedric Robert, will be attempting the Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon in a bid to raise enough money to fund the hospital for a whole month, £5,353!

“One of the most satisfying parts of my job is being able to give wild birds of prey a second chance at life. Being part of their recovery is a great responsibility as well as a great privilege.”

If you have had a chance to meet Cedric, or perhaps to hear one of his display commentaries, you will know that he is passionate about birds of prey and dedicated to the work that he undertakes in the hospital. This summer, however, he is taking this one step further (quite a few steps in fact) as he has decided to take on the challenge of running the Hampshire Hoppit.

Cedric’s introduction to the Hawk Conservancy Trust followed an extensive interest in wildlife and the natural world.  Previously, Cedric was a marketing apprentice in his homeland of France, and worked part-time in a pet shop. He knew his future was working with animals, though, and so came to the Trust for work experience, going on to join the staff team in 2005.

Cedric will be running the Hampshire Hoppit on Sunday 9 June. Cedric chose this race in particular because he loves the Hampshire countryside.  The rough terrain certainly makes it the ultimate challenge for runners.

Having completed five marathons to date, you’d think Cedric may be a little more confident with this challenge but he is approaching this one in the same way as all previous attempts, though with the added challenge that he wants to beat all previous times he’s recorded and finish in less than 3 hours and 40 minutes. Cedric will be training 3-4 times a week and began his regime at the end of February.

£5,353 would have a significant impact on what the Trust can achieve in its rehabilitation work. For example, this sort of amount could provide funding for the following:

If you would like to donate to support Cedric’s marathon, simply go to www.justgiving.com/cedric-robert2

Thank you

Father’s Day

Posted on: April 26th, 2019 by Alice

This Father’s Day, why not treat your father or grandfather to a day out with us. We’ll be offering a special barbecue during the day and you can enjoy our full daily timetable of activities. Don’t forget to pack the picnic blanket!

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Fantastic news from Pakistan!

Posted on: April 15th, 2019 by Hannah Shaw

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 will be four new additions to our flock in a few weeks time!

We have been working to conserve vultures in Pakistan for the past 12 years, partnered with WWF-Pakistan, since populations of vultures in this region plummeted by more than 99.9% as a result of a veterinary drug called Diclofenac. Our captive breeding centre in Changa Manga Forest Reserve is the only conservation initiative in Pakistan that is dedicated to holding a safe population of Critically Endangered Asian White-backed Vultures with the aim of releasing birds into the wild. The centre has a large main aviary, and four smaller aviaries, and livestock enclosures. The project aims to maintain a healthy captive population of these vultures so they can breed naturally with the ultimate aim of releasing birds into the wild.

All the birds are monitored on a daily basis, and a vet makes regular visits to the centre to ensure the birds are healthy, as shown in the photo below. During the breeding season, the birds are fed seven days a week to ensure the fast-growing chicks are provided with enough food. Every year, all the nests in the aviary are repaired and cleaned and old nesting material is replaced with fresh branches and sticks for the vultures to build their nests. The perches are repaired, and new ones are installed where needed. A variety of perches and nesting materials are provided so vultures can carry out the same natural behaviours they would in the wild. The centre is also very important for education and in 2018 more than 1500 students visited to learn about the importance and conservation of vultures in Pakistan. Find out more about this project.

 

 

Exclusive Members’ Event

Posted on: March 14th, 2019 by Alice

Each year, we invite our members to an exclusive event to thank them for their continued support. (more…)

Is spending time in nature beneficial to our health?

Posted on: February 20th, 2019 by Hannah Shaw

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. (more…)

A Tribute to Frodo

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by Alice

It is with much sadness that we have to tell you that Frodo, our Tawny Eagle, has passed away at the grand age of 35, as a result of old age.

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Top Award for the Trust

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by Alice

We were delighted to be presented with the Gold award for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year at last night’s Beautiful South tourism awards ceremony!

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Christmas with the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Posted on: October 19th, 2018 by Alice

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 info@hawkconservancy.org 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 Horizon Handbell Ringers. Join in with Christmas carols, both traditional and modern, under the night sky accompanied by Test Valley Brass. Warm up during the interval with mulled wine and a mince pie. We’ll also invite you into the magical world of our owls during the evening as you witness our beautiful owls twist and turn in the night sky and skim silently over the top of your head.

Breakfast or Tea with Father Christmas – SOLD OUT

Father Christmas will be stopping in at Feathers Restaurant ahead of his impending worldwide voyages. Children will have the opportunity to meet Father Christmas in his grotto, as well as meeting an owl and our two miniature donkeys, plus biscuit decorating.

Thursday 22 November, 4:30-8pm

Come along to get your Christmas shopping sorted and enjoy mulled wine, mince pies and 15% off*!

Get your Christmas all wrapped up with our range of gifts to delight all your nearest and dearest. Not only can you buy unique gifts that they’ll love but you’ll also be supporting the conservation of birds of prey at the same time. We stock a wonderful array of quality gifts, from stocking fillers, such as small toys and badges, to pyjamas and homeware.

*Excludes binoculars, books, gift vouchers, experiences, events and artwork.

Get your Christmas all wrapped up early this year with our range of gifts to delight all your nearest and dearest. Not only can you buy unique gifts that they’ll love but you’ll also be supporting the conservation of birds of prey at the same time. We also stock a wonderful array of quality potential gifts in our onsite shop, from stocking fillers, such as small toys and badges, to pyjamas and homeware.

For nature lovers – Experiences – from £65

We offer a range of experiences to suit anyone wishing to get closer to our birds and learn more about them. These intimate sessions are limited to small groups of six guests, with two members of our team guiding them.

For owl lovers – Meet the Burrowers VIP Encounter – £19.50

Come face to face with our cute and curious team of Burrowing Owls. We’ll invite you into their burrow where they’ll fly, hop and run around you – they may even use your head as a perch! Admission charged in addition to encounter session, or purchase together at our special offer price of £29.50 per person.

For the experience-seeker – Owls by Moonlight or Sky Hunters at Sunset – £34.50

These magical evening events include two flying displays, a private tour of the grounds and a hot supper.

For everyone – Membership – Adult: £55.00

The gift that keeps on giving – with unlimited visits to the Trust for a year as well as invitations to exclusive member events, this is a truly wonderful gift!

For the perpetually busy – Adopt a bird of prey – from £50

This is a great way to support a bird and contribute towards care and maintenance costs, as well as supporting our conservation work.

For those who love a treat – Afternoon tea – £22.50

Treat them to a special day out where you can enjoy a day of marvelling at world-class flying demonstrations, and then relax in the afternoon with a delicious cream tea in Feathers Restaurant.

For the family – A day ticket to visit us – Adult ticket: £14.95

Experience world-class flying demonstrations and marvel at over 130 birds of prey in our 22 acres of beautiful woodland and wildflower meadow.

For the organiser in your family – Calendar – £10.30

Get organised early for the year ahead with our calendar that includes all of the winning and highly commended images from our 2017 Photographic Competition.

For the tricky one – gift voucher

Let them choose for themselves. Our gift vouchers can be used toward any of our events and experiences, or onsite for admission tickets, in the shop and in Feathers Restaurant.

Rescue of an entangled White-backed Vulture in Kruger National Park

Posted on: September 13th, 2018 by Hannah Shaw

Our Project Officer, Andre Botha, who is based in South Africa, found a White-backed Vulture dangerously entangled in a dead tree. Here is his account of what happened:

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International Vulture Awareness Day Literary Competition

Posted on: August 13th, 2018 by Hannah Shaw

Calling all budding writers and poets!

Does the vulture crisis concern you? Does it stir up emotions when you think about vultures and the problems they face? Then, we want to hear from you.

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