Registered Charity no: 1092349 (England & Wales).
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a conservation charity and award-winning visitor centre that has worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and the research of birds of prey for over 55 years. Our mission is the conservation of birds of prey. Projects related to this mission operate on site, in southern England and overseas, where we are working to conserve critically endangered birds. Our education programmes take many forms, the most popular being our world-class flying demonstrations.
We are dedicated to understanding the ecology of birds of prey and the development of evidence-based conservation outcomes for species and habitats. To this end, our work ranges from on-site biodiversity projects and surveys through to broader scale projects on birds of prey in the wild. For example, we are researching the reasons for reduced Kestrel numbers and importantly, what can be done. We also run a nest box project for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels, installing boxes, monitoring breeding, ringing the chicks and conducting research into habitat, diet preferences and nest box microclimates.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is home to the National Bird of Prey HospitalTM which can receive over 200 sick, injured or orphaned birds of prey annually and, since opening in 1965, thousands of birds have been successfully returned to the wild. The hospital is the base for a research programme and is also a training facility for organisations such as the Royal Veterinary College and the RSPCA.