The Hawk Conservancy Trust

by Ralpapajan

Situated in Andover the Trust contributes to Raptor conservation and rehabilitation in Southern England, If you wish to see Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Vultures and other birds go here.

An overview of the Hawk Conservancy Trust

A look at a very small part of what the Trust does.

Set in the lush Hampshire countryside near Andover the Trust is well worth a visit for anyone, whether Bird Fancier or not.  The Trust has a four fold aim to warrant its existence.Conservation, Education, Research and Rehabilitation. All of these are entwined with each other.  Without one the others would find it difficult to exist.

The Trust is a Conservation Charity and is an award winning Centre.  Visitors may see the sterling work that is carried out by the team of willing and enthusiastic Conservationists, both professional and amateur.  The professionals lead but without the amateurs who give of their time and expertise they would never be able to overcome the daily challenges that face them.

 An Owl in an enclosure at the Hawk ConservancyI am fortunate for my daughter, Jacqueline and her Partner, Adrian are two of the volunteers who help out.  Their particular forte is the collection of injured birds reported by the public and then the return of a rehabilitated bird back to the wilds. This particular facet of the work they do is one of the most rewarding events that they could be involved in.  To see a bird that a few weeks before has been struck by  car or injured in some other way fly back into its natural habitat is an experience that brings tears of joy to the eyes every time they  do it.  Only last week they released into the wild an owl that had been brought in from near Southampton on the south coast of England.  The son of the finder is only four years old and his excitement knew no bounds.  In fact, once told that he would be included in the release party he stopped sleeping such was his excitement.Not just anyone can release a rehabilitated bird and both Jacquie and Adrian had to undertake special training in the handling of the birds before they were entrusted with them.

Feeding bthe Vultures at the Hawk Conservancy


The Trust is involved in the Vulture Conservation project at Dronsfield in the Republic of South Africa.  This project has recently suffered a setback due to a series of massive Bush fires in the area.



A display with Dave the Secretary Bird


One of the major fund raising functions at the Centre are the Displays that the handlers put one throughout the year.  Every display is different and one may visit often throughout the year without the possibility of being bored.  here we see a Secretary Bird killing a snake (rubber) using its feet. 


Horses are used in the displays.

There is so much to see and do at the Centre that one really needs a full day to enjoy it all. And every time you return you spot something new.  

Don't take my word for it go there ~ have a look at the Web Site of the Hawk Conservancy Trust 

And for those of you who can't get there have a look at my brother, Mal's Birthday Celebration last year in November,  

A short video of Adrian releasing an owl into the wilds. 

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Updated: 03/17/2013, Ralpapajan
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RubyHelenRose on 02/20/2013

How wonderful to have a safe haven for these precious birds!

Ralpapajan on 07/26/2012

Thank You! Tolovaj. It makes it worth while when there are comments like that!

My daughter and her Fiancé are releasing owls this afternoon.

Tolovaj on 07/26/2012

Beautiful presentation of Hawk Conservancy Trust. Where would we be without all these magnificent creatures? It is good to read about people who still care.
Lovely photos:)

Ralpapajan on 04/14/2012

Thank you very much. Moonbeam973

Ralpapajan on 11/21/2011

Thank you for the Comments

lakeerieartists on 11/20/2011

There is a bird rescue facility near Amelia Island in Florida where my parents have taken us several times. It is really incredible to see the different birds, and how they have been rescued. Great pictures, and loved the article.

TerriRexson on 11/16/2011

We're regulars at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Ask my son where he would like to go on a day out and that's usually his answer. He loves watching the secretary bird stamping on snakes. And my older son is fascinated by birds of prey.

Michey on 09/21/2011

I didn't know about it until I read your post. So it is a great initiative which can be a great example for others to follow.

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