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Saturday 29 June

On Saturday 29 June, join special guests Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin will join our knowledgeable Bird Team and other special guests at the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a sensational night celebrating the wonders of wildlife.

From the smallest of insects to the most majestic of birds of prey, we’ll bring the magic of nature to life like never before!

In true Hawk Conservancy Trust style, our birds will take to the wing on this enchanting summer’s evening, soaring and swooping over Reg’s Wildflower Meadow to demonstrate the unique skills and powerful flights that put them at the very apex of nature’s food chain. Watch as Chris and Megan get a prey-eye view of a hunting  Barn Owl, sniffing out their next meal Turkey Vulture-style, and chatting to experts on the importance of the delicate ecosystem on which we all depend. There’ll be uplifting commentary, exciting antics and a grand finale that we’re sure you’ll never forget.

On top of this, enjoy evocative poetry in the early-evening light, a live-painting by Trust Artist in Residence Alex McGarry and a chance to have your wildlife questions answered by Chris and Megan themselves!

This is just a taste of what we have in store for you on this wonderful evening – we hope to see you there!

Fundraising Event – All profits from ticket sales, food and refreshments sold for this event will directly support the work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Tickets: £44.95

Meet our special guests

On this spectacular evening, special guests will be joining our Bird Team in Reg’s Wildflower Meadow to bring the magic of nature to life. We are extremely grateful to these guests, who have given up their time to support us.

Chris Packham

Hawk Conservancy Trust President

Extraordinarily creative and prolific, Chris Packham has led a remarkable life. He’s gained recognition as a naturalist, television presenter, writer, photographer, conservationist, campaigner and filmmaker.

Chris first visited the Trust in 1975 where he met the Trust’s founder, Reg Smith. A mutual understanding of one another and a shared passion for birds of prey and wildlife sparked a life-long friendship. Chris continued to visit the Trust throughout his teens and, to this day, it remains his favourite bird of prey centre.

As a broadcaster he is a presenter of BBC’s BAFTA Award winning Springwatch, and in 2023 he presented the notable natural history series Earth.

Megan McCubbin

Megan is a passionate zoologist with a particular interest in behaviour, evolution and the illegal wildlife trade, and has been visiting the Trust since she as little.

Megan is one of the nation’s leading wildlife presenters, and alongside her stepfather Chris Packham, is one of the faces of the BBC’s BAFTA award winning Springwatch.

Megan is a dedicated friend of the Trust, and in her 2023 book ‘An Atlas of Endangered Species’ she interviewed Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Head of Conservation, Research and Education Dr Campbell Murn on his work conserving White-headed Vultures in Africa.

A tasty feast

To complete the evening, we will be offering a tempting, delicious vegan and traditional barbeque. This must be pre-booked and only food purchased from the Trust will be permitted on-site for this event.

A licensed bar will be available throughout the evening, so you can enjoy a tipple while savouring our birds in flight. Ice-cream and snacks will also be available to purchase from our Shepherd’s Hut.

Please email info@hawkconservancy.org at least one week in advance of the event to notify us if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Please note Feathers Restaurant will only be open for drinks and seating throughout the evening.

At this fundraising event, all profits from ticket sales, food and refreshments sold for this event will directly support the work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Vegan Feast

Enjoy a delicious selection of freshly-cooked mains at the barbeque:

  • Delicious vegan burgers
  • Succulent vegan sausages
  • Marinated vegetable skewers
  • Grilled vegan halloumi cheese

Delight in a wide range of salads and sides to compliment your meal:

  • Creamy red slaw (ve)
  • Vibrant spiced couscous (ve)
  • Refreshing summer salad (ve)
  • House salad: mixed leaf, cucumber and tomato (ve)
  • Seasoned new potatoes (ve)

The Vegan Feast is £21.50pp, and you can even add a small bottle of prosecco for just £6.60!

Ve – Vegan

Traditional Feast

Fresh off the grill, enjoy a mouth-watering selection of mains:

  • Maple-glazed spare ribs
  • Award-winning sausages
  • Moroccan-spiced chicken
  • Juicy beef burgers

Alongside your main, enjoy a choice of salads and sides:

  • Creamy red slaw (ve)
  • Vibrant spiced couscous (ve)
  • Refreshing summer salad (ve)
  • House salad: mixed leaf, cucumber and tomato (ve)
  • Seasoned new potatoes (ve)

The Traditional Feast is £21.50pp, and you can even add a small bottle of prosecco for just £6.60!

Ve – Vegan

Our biggest fundraising event of the year!

Chris and Megan’s Night of Nature is our biggest event of the year, raising funds for our conservation work. By purchasing a ticket and eating with us, you’ll be supporting our charitable mission to conserve birds of prey in the UK and overseas.

On the evening, there’ll be more opportunities to get involved to support our work and find out more about how we’re protecting these vital species.

Pick up a signed book

What better way to take the magic of nature home with you after this event than with a signed copy of Chris and Megan’s latest books?

Purchase a signed book or two with your ticket and collect it on this magical evening event.

Chris Packham’s Birdwatching Guide: From Beginner to Birder

In this informative, fully illustrated birdwatching companion, Chris Packham inspires us to stop and engage with the wildlife all around us and start to build a relationship with the huge variety of interesting, colourful and characterful birds in all our lives – whether in the town or city, by the coast or in the countryside

An Atlas of Endangered Species by Megan McCubbin

Three species vanish every hour. Our incredible world is at risk, and we all have a part to play in saving it. Megan McCubbin reveals the stories of the scientists, rangers and conservationists who are fighting to save these extraordinary creatures from extinction, including our very own Head of Conservation, Research and Education Dr Campbell Murn and his work to conserve White-headed Vultures!

Enter our raffle

On this special evening, enter our raffle and be in with a chance to win an incredible memento of this event: a painting by Trust Artist in Residence Alex McGarry!

Alex will be joining us at this special event, and will be creating a live-painting of the evening as it unfolds. There’ll be a chance to meet Alex, view her current work created for the Trust, and see this one-of-a-kind painting come to life over the course of the evening.

This unique painting will then be raffled off at the end of the night to one lucky winner!

Useful information for this event

 

Doors open: 5:30PM

Barbeque: 5:30PM-6:30PM

Night of Nature begins: 7:00PM

Night of Nature ends: 9:30PM

We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness within our grounds. This event will be held outside so please come dressed for the weather.

 

Did you know?
Gymnogenes have very flexible intertarsal leg joints. This means they can move their lower leg forwards, backwards and sideways.
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