School trip ideas in Hampshire

A day at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is a wonderfully interactive learning experience offering pupils the opportunity to be immersed in nature for the day. Set in 22 acres of grounds, ranging from beautiful woodlands to our stunning wildflower meadow, we are located just off the A303 near Andover in Hampshire. With over 130 birds of prey comprised of around 60 different species – from owls to eagles – there is plenty on view, plus spectacular flying demonstrations and keeper’s talks to keep your school group entertained and occupied.

A school visit with us includes:

School admission prices

Child £7.75
Student £12.00
Adult £12.60

Prices above for pre-booked groups only.

On-site Workshops

We have a full daily timetable of activities that your school group can take part in, including watching our world-class flying demonstrations. On top of these activities, we offer a range of on-site workshops that have been designed to give a more hands-on approach to learning.

All of our activities are listed below and are based on class size groups of between 12 and 30 pupils, but some can be adapted for larger groups or the itinerary arranged to run smaller sessions throughout a visit.

Owl Pellet Investigation

Meeting an owl in its natural environment really helps to bring science, anatomy and physiology to life during this activity.

Objectives: Recognise the nutritional needs of an owl. Develop an understanding of the digestive process and analyse their findings to answer scientific questions about wild predators, their diet and their prey.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS4

Running time: 45-75 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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Conservation in Action

Be prepared to see vultures in a whole different light while learning about the Trust’s worldwide conservation projects.

Objectives: Recognise the importance of looking after the natural world and the species in it. Identify threats facing endangered species and explain what being endangered means. Understand the positive and negative human impact on environments as well as the implications of science today and for the future.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

Running time: 45-60 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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National Bird of Prey Hospital™

Gain an insight into the fascinating work of the Trust’s National Bird of Prey Hospital™, along with a talk from staff who work in the hospital helping to treat, monitor and rehabilitate wild, injured birds of prey.

Objectives: Produce a report about the Trust’s National Bird of Prey Hospital™. Prepare a report from information learned through interviewing one of the hospital staff at the Trust. Pupils should be able to highlight important facts in their report.

Key subject: English

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS4

Running time: 30-40 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £45

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Ask the Expert

Turn your pupils into budding young reporters!

Objectives: As a group, interview a professional in an unusual profession. Ask relevant questions, take notes and gather information to enable writing a report about what has been learnt. Prepare ideas and questions before the interview.

Key subject: English

Adaptable for: KS2 – KS4

Running time: 20-30 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £45

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Art Workshop

Inspire artistic imagination and creativity with the challenge of drawing a real, live bird of prey posing in natural surroundings right in front of your eyes!

Objectives: Produce creative work through observational drawing. Develop basic artistic techniques and use creative flair to interpret visual experience. Recognise patterns and colours used in the natural world aiding camouflage.

Key subject: Art

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS4

Running time: 45-75 minutes (or 1-1.5 hours for older pupils)

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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Introduction to Owls

This workshop provides pupils with a lovely introduction the incredible world of owls.

Objectives: Identify and describe different owl species by looking at size, behaviours, feathers and adaptations, and learn how these differences help owls survive in the wild.

Key subject: English and Science

Adaptable for: EYFS – Year 2

Running time: 50 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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Habitat Surveys

Bring out the inner nature detective to find out what’s really out there!

Objectives: Investigate a variety of natural habitats. Observe, identify and record a variety of species using ID sheets. Discuss life cycles within these habitats (including micro habitats) and identify how living things depend on each other. Demonstrate awareness to the needs of animals, making sure animals are returned safely to their environment after study.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS4

Running time: 45 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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Bird of Prey Adaptations

Delve into the world of survival and find out just how amazing nature really is.

Objectives: Recognise that birds have different adaptations which aid their survival in the wild. Through observations and gathering information from different sources throughout the visit, pupils will identify key adaptations and their function.

Key subject: Science

Adaptable for: KS1 – KS3

Running time: 10 minutes + 30-40 minutes

Price for 30 pupils: £80

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Workshop prices

 Pupils 30-40 minute workshops 45-90 minute workshops
12-30 £45 £80
31-40 £55 £95
41-50 £65 £110
51-60 £75 £125

Workshops are run for a minimum of 12 pupils.

One adult is admitted free of charge for every seven pupils for school bookings of Year 2 and older. One adult is admitted free of charge for every five pupils for school bookings of Reception and Year 1 pupils. All school visit bookings which include a workshop are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £75 to secure it. The Trust reserves the right to cancel a booking and return any deposit funds received, if necessary.

Enquire today

If you are interested in finding out more or booking one of our on-site school workshops, please get in touch using the below form.

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