Trevor and I had been looking for somewhere to celebrate our 3yr anniversary last week. Jack has taken a serious interest in birds recently so we decided where better to visit than the Hawk Conservancy Trust, not far from where we live.
We set off nice and early, armed with a picnic, so not to miss the first flying demonstration of the day at 11:30am. The amazing and new ‘Wings of Africa’ display took place in a huge open air arena which had plenty of seating. The birds were stunning and I was in my element with my camera.
There was three brilliant flying demonstrations through the day. It was difficult to choose a favourite as they were all so different but the Falcon was super impressive and the formation flying brought plenty of giggles.
After the first display, we took a walk around some of the grounds and got the opportunity to each hold a Tawny Owl. Jack having recently started walking, enjoyed exploring the grounds and keeping Daddy on his toes.
The grounds are super clean and at 35 weeks pregnant, I appreciated that there was plenty of seating and shaded areas for regular pit-stops as we had chosen a beautifully hot day to visit. There was a restaurant onsite but we had taken plenty to eat and drink with us.
The Trust is located in Hampshire and is set in 22 acres of grounds which were looking beautiful in full bloom. The bird enclosures were huge which got a big thumbs up from me and there are plenty of amazing birds to see around the Trust which are clearly well looked after.
There are loads of other activities onsite too, like Passport Trails, an adventure play area, Ferret racing and running Ducks. You can also book from a handful of Photography or Bird of Prey experiences. Personally, I’d love to return to do a Photography experience day.
For me, my favourite bird of the day had to be the American Bald Eagle. It was stunning and so impressive. Be sure not to miss their display in the ‘Valley of the Eagles’ demonstration, it is something else!
The Trust proved to be the perfect day out for us. It was lovely to see Jack full of smiles all day, just as we expected. We loved it so much that we have gone as far as requesting a Wedding Brochure and look forward to returning to see the Wedding Facilities.
We would highly recommend a visit here, it is great for people of all ages. Here is their website link should you wish to check it out – Hawk Conservancy Trust Website.