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Christmas at the Hawk Conservancy Trust

Christmas is a magical time at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up, with festive events running throughout the year, a wide range of gifts to suit everyone, and of course our winter team of birds are back flying everyday in our winter flying displays!

Events

Watching our birds fly in the evening is a truly wonderful experience – even more so at the most magical time of the year! Bring the whole family along for some festive fun at an evening event this year. From mystical owl flights to feel-good carolling, and even a special visit from Father Christmas, there’s something for everyone to enjoy this winter! These events are extremely popular, and last year they sold out! So be sure to book as early as possible to guarantee your space!

Christmas Market

Thursday 23, Friday 24 and Saturday 25 November

Delight in locally-produced, hand-crafted products from stall holders who will each supply an array of gifts for your loved ones. Whilst you peruse, enjoy a tipple of mulled wine, a tasty mince pie or treat from the barbeque!

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Christmas Carols and Owls

Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 December

Sing along with Christmas carols, both traditional and modern, under the night sky accompanied by band and choir. We’ll also introduce you to the magical world of owls as you witness our beautiful owls twist and turn in the night sky and skim silently over the top of your head.

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Father Christmas' Flying Visit

Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December

Father Christmas, his magical team of owls and Evergreen the mischievous Elf will be back for another special family event this Christmas. Each child will receive a gift and the event will include an enchanting show featuring our owls.

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Christmas Gifts

Our wide range of unique and unusual bird of prey and owl Christmas gifts include something to suit everyone in your life. From avid bird of prey and owl lovers to nature enthusiasts of all ages, choose from stocking fillers to adoption packs, and even the chance for close encounters with our majestic birds of prey on a memorable experience.

Adoptions

Whatever pack you choose, adopting one of our birds of prey is a perfect gift idea for all bird lovers! Whether it is the cute owls, majestic eagles or fascinating vultures, adopting a bird of prey is a fun and exciting way to support our work, learn more about our birds, and help us to continue the conservation of birds of prey.

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Gift vouchers

From close encounters with beautiful owls or even a special afternoon tea surrounded by nature, choose a gift voucher that supports conservation of birds of prey. Our gift vouchers are valid for up to 12 months from date of purchase, so your loved ones have the flexibility to choose when they use their gift voucher for a whole year!

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Gift Shop

Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas that won’t cost the planet? We’ve got bird of prey and owl Christmas gifts all wrapped up for you! We’ve handily sorted a delightful range of bird of prey and owl Christmas gifts for you by price, but you can explore even more options on our online Webshop, or in our Gift Shop next time you visit!

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Winter visits

Visiting the Hawk Conservancy Trust over the winter is a very special experience. Our grounds feel calm, and our winter birds are taking to the sky. Come and visit us this winter for different experience!

See our winter flying displays!

As we enter the cooler months, our team of winter birds return to flying duties in our three world-class daily flying displays. These cooler days are often quieter, so our birds really will come close! Enjoy seeing Sirius the Striated Caracara show off his intelligence, Sweeney Todd the Snowy Owl glide silently overhead, and maybe even get the chance to see our Golden Eagle Saxon soar over Reg’s Wildflower Meadow!

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Book your Christmas dinner!

Make your visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust even more festive this winter with a delicious Christmas Meal in feathers Restaurant?! We’ll be cooking up a feast, with a range of options to choose from, so you can warm up with friends and family after seeing our birds fly. We are taking bookings for December 14, 15 and 16.

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Behind the Scenes Winter Experiences

During the winter, we offer the rare chance for you and a companion to have an exclusive experience with either Cédric or Ben from our Bird Team as your host! Whilst the Trust grounds are closed you will be granted special access to areas not normally open to the public, helping to feed and fly some of our incredible birds. With an expert at your fingertips, you’ll be able to ask everything you wish to know about the Trust, and working with our impressive birds.

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The season of giving

There’s still ways to support us this Christmas, even if you’re doing your Christmas shopping elsewhere! Here are some suggestions of how you can support our work as a conservation charity but, if you would like to help us in any other way, please get in touch.

Buy our birds a gift!

We’ve setup an amazon wishlist with ideas of items that would really help us and the animals and birds in our care. You can purchase a gift for our birds or the team who look after them! We’d be very grateful.

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Become a member

With unlimited visits to the Trust for a year as well as invitations to exclusive member events, advanced notice to book some events, and our tri-annual HawkTalk magazine, this is a truly wonderful gift to yourself or others that helps support us all year round.

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Make a donation

Donations are a vital source of funding and go directly towards the conservation, education, rehabilitation and research work that we carry out with birds of prey. As a registered charity we rely on your support and are very grateful for all donations that we receive.

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Did you know?
Most birds of prey have a third eyelid which acts a bit like a windscreen wiper for their eyes.
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