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“Wish we lived closer!”

Hawk Conservancy Trust
Ranked #1 of 21 things to do in Andover
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Hawk Conservancy Trust is an award winning visitor attraction set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 130 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Steller's Sea Eagles! Many of these birds are involved in the spectacular daily flying displays in one of the three flying arenas, whilst others are part of important breeding or environmental enrichment projects. Every visitor can meet a British bird of prey and there are extra activities during weekends and school holidays. The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a conservation charity with a mission to conserve birds of prey. The Trust has worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and research of birds of prey for many years.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed June 14, 2013

We first encountered the Hawk Conservancy at Longleat where they put on the most amazing display, ending with about 5 vultures and 9 kites all flying together, inches from our heads! It was superb and we instantly decided to visit their Andover site on our way home later in the week.

The site has a huge range of birds; from tiny owls to massive sea eagles, with hawks, falcons, vultures and many more in between. We enjoyed the 'World of Birds' display, especially Madeline the Secretary Bird demonstrating her snake attacking skills and Frodo the Tawny Eagle catching a (dummy) rabbit!

As well as the organised display with their resident birds, a highlight for us was the wild bird feeding session in the meadow. With food put out and the bell rung, we were soon treated to visits from the local inhabitants; a heron, a buzzard, a kestrel, crows, magpies and a wild red kite. We'd never seen one in the wild before so my photographer husband was in his element trying to capture the moment! And it was great to then get a close look at Scarlett, the centre's own resident red kite, posing with a keeper as we left the hide.

All in all, a brilliant place to visit and we were sorry that we had to leave at lunchtime to drive back from our holiday - would have loved to see the later displays of eagles and woodland owls. The experience days and VIP evenings sound great too - wish we lived closer! Definitely worth visiting again and I think it will become part of our standing itinerary for future trips to the region.

2  Thank Claire J
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

Excellent, well laid out exhibition area, knowledgeable staff (most of whom are part-time "enthusiasts") and some wonderful birds, which are clearly well cared for.

Well worth staying to see the birds-of-prey being put through their paces by skilled handlers. There is something special about being eye-to-eye about the Goshawk sitting on your arm!!

Considering that many of the residents are rare, this conservancy is a lifeline to the survival of several species.

Remember that this is a voluntary/charitable organisation, and well worth whatever spare cash you may have

Thank Nick B
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have just returned from my second trip in two weeks (in fact I join became a member today).
What a fantastic place, if you want to chill after a hard week at work, or hone your wildlife photography skills, or see a super team of dedicated people loving their work, Hawk Conservancy is the place to go.

Been so lucky that both times have had beautiful blue sky's, small fluffy clouds with a slight breeze. The three flying displays "World of Birds of Prey" "Valley of the Eagles" and the "Woodlands Owls" are amazing, birds fly within inches (mm's in some cases :-) ), the info given is clear and entertaining.

Well done guys, i'll be booking another trip very soon.

Thank A-R-Street
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Came here to celebrate my son's 12 th birthday. He was very skeptical about our decision to take him to a Hawk conservancy but had a thoroughly enjoyable day and said it was much better than he had expected.
Although there were plenty of visitors, it was not overcrowded. Plenty of picnic benches scattered around the grounds. We had a picnic sat near the pretty wildflower meadow.
We saw three displays, which were all interesting and entertaining. Staff are clearly passionate about the birds and manage to pass on this enthusiasm.
An audience member actually proposed to his girlfriend during one of the shows, which my daughter loved.
Spent a very nice day here. You can become a full member if you wish and there were lots of avid bird enthusiasts there who must have been members. I've never seen so many enormous camera lenses!

Thank Stubbyfolks
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went here on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon just after half term so although busy, it didn't have hordes of screaming kids which was good for us!
The place itself is lovely, they have obviously spent a lot of care and attention on it and it is wonderfully peaceful. We paid the £12.75 entry fee (including gift aid) and didnt think that was expensive for what we were expecting. In the end, I would go as far to say that £12.75 is amazingly cheap for what you get!
You need to allocate a fair amount of time here (more or less a whole day) to get the best out of it and you wont be disappointed. They do 3 main displays staggered over the day - and each one takes your breath away! Just make sure you aren't wearing a tall hat.....the birds fly extremely close to your heads! The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and engaging and help create a brilliant atmosphere that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
There are also hundreds of other birds to see in the aviaries as you walk around as well as some token ferrets and donkeys! They have a well run restaurant/cafe place which is reasonably priced for a captive audience and they even do a BBQ during the summer season which we didnt sample.
All in all, i can say this is a fantastic place and I would recommend to even the most ardent bird-hater! I would gladly go back time and again.

1  Thank jakeoz
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