A visit to the Hawk Conservancy Trust is an inspiring and uplifting day out for all ages. During the summer, we have three world-class, spectacular flying demonstrations daily, where up to 20 of our impressive birds fly in our serene surroundings, all included in your entrance price. Each display takes place in a different arena with a different team of birds. You can expect to get very close to our birds as they swoop over your head whilst our passionate and knowledgeable team will provide a light-hearted and informative commentary.
We know the highlight of your day is our flying displays and although we have had to make modifications to the Trust overall, we’re delighted to offer three flying displays that will take place every day during the following times:
11:30am – Vulture Restaurant- A Journey to Africa
2:00pm – World of Birds of Prey
3:45pm – Woodland owls
Please add additional time to make your way to the displays to allow for queues to be seated.
We’re unable to offer any other activities at this stage, although this is under constant review and we’re hoping to add more to our daily timetable when we are confident this can be done safely and the restrictions allow it.
Step into the Savannah, as we show how our awesome African birds fly as they would in the wild. Watch White Storks fly elegantly alongside vultures and kites and see our Milky Eagle Owl and African Fish Eagle too. Experience the dramatic impact of a bushfire and African rainstorm and watch for the appearance of meerkats! A display inspired by the conservation work we do in Africa with vultures, which both entertains and infects you with our passion for these fantastic, yet vital creatures. We will also demonstrate the magnificent hunting skills of the Secretary Bird, as you watch him annihilate a rubber snake! One of our Secretary Birds has been part of some important research to look at the strength, speed and force of a Secretary Bird’s kick. This research could be applied by scientists looking at prosthetics.
See birds from all across the globe! Enjoy the experience of watching birds of prey demonstrating their natural behaviour in this intriguing display. You will be amazed as you experience, close up, the incredible skills of a falcon and enjoy seeing owls demonstrate their ability to fly silently as they skim through the audience. See the Striated Caracara show its preferred colour and watch it show intrigue and interest in food in extraordinary hidden places.
Let everyday life disappear, sit back, and savour the serene surroundings of Reg’s Wildflower Meadow, and you will be joined by a number of our magnificent birds. A team of vultures will swoop across the audience, demonstrating their majestic glide in flight, Black Kites will show their unique hunting skills in the air, and the speed of our Peregrine Falcon seems supersonic as it swoops down to the lure. The strength and power of the Bald Eagle’s flight can be seen as it soars from a spot on the horizon across the valley into the meadow. Take the rare chance to get close and photograph this impressive bird at the end. During this display it is common to be joined by our resident wild birds, which include Red Kites, European Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons and Kestrels.
This is your chance to dress up and help us re-enact falconry from times gone by. During the school summer holidays, there’s the chance to take part in a short medieval-themed display. Simply sign up at reception when you arrive. It is light-hearted, on a first come first served basis and costumes and instructions are provided.
Immerse yourself in a world of fascination and folklore with our Woodland Owls display. Witness an array of beautiful owls skim silently over your head and discover more about the legends and tales of these ethereal creatures in this intimate demonstration. See our owls display their unique hunting and flying skills as they glide around the Silver Birch Glade, our unique woodland arena with intriguing new features. Plus there will be chance for intrepid members of the audience to assist in highlighting their flying skills! Sights and sounds will accompany these creatures in flight to take you back into the mystical world so closely associated with these birds. This enchanting and intimate demonstration will introduce you to a variety of owl species including the Barn Owl, Great Grey Owl, Long-eared Owl, Eagle Owl and Tawny Owl.