The Hawk Conservancy
Your bird watching activities might usually be confined to enjoying the sight of garden birds at your bird feeders. Birds of prey are an altogether more dramatic sight which you are unlikely to enjoy in your garden, although you never know!
These fascinating creatures can be spotted swooping over fields and hovering above the roadside, but it is an amazing experience if you are able to get a little more up close and personal with these birds. If that sounds like something you would like to do, then head for the Hawk Conservancy!
Planning Your Visit
The Hawk Conservancy is located near Andover in Hampshire. The centre is open for most of the year and represents an excellent day out. During your visit you will be able to see many of the birds at close quarters and you will have the opportunity to fly a Harris hawk. In addition, there are flying displays to enjoy throughout the day and these are truly fabulous affairs.
Conservation, Rehabilitation, Education
The Hawk Conservancy’s primary functions are conservation and rehabilitation. But it has to be said that they put on a great show! The displays are breath-taking but are designed to educate as well as to entertain. Unlike many displays of this kind, you will see several birds in flight at the same time and the organisers are extremely adept at keeping your attention whilst allowing the birds to demonstrate their incredible abilities.
The Hawk Conservancy are also behind the spectacular birds of prey display at Longleat. If you visit Longleat to enjoy the safari park, make sure that you see this display afterwards because it is truly spectacular. With a finale involving dozens of birds in flight, this is an experience which lives long in the memory. If you thought that you didn’t have much of an interest in birds of prey, this display is likely to change your mind!
For those with an ample budget, it is also possible to book a flying day at the Hawk Conservancy. A full day with birds will set you back £145 and more per person. However, the hefty price tag does buy you a unique experience. You will have the chance to interact with and fly several different species including owls, vultures, hawks and eagles. Half day visit and family experiences are also available.
Wild Birds and Birds of Prey
If you appreciate birds, it is wonderful when they visit your garden. Your bird feeders and nesting boxes will attract wildlife to your garden and you will be able to see many different species. But variety is the spice of life and so it is well worth visiting the Hawk Conservancy to see and interact with birds which you may never have the privilege of watching in your own garden.