The Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a fabulous conservation charity whose three main aims are the conservation, education and the rehabilitation of birds of prey. Based in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadowland, now rarer than tropical rainforests, they can be found just off the A303 near Thruxton Racing Circuit.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust look after 150 birds of prey and the centre is a great day out for all ages. There is plenty to do to keep you entertained all day. Watch one of the many very educational flying demonstrations and get to experience holding a bird of prey yourself! Join in one of the many holiday and weekend activities such as tractor rides and amusing ferret and duck races - or simply follow the ‘raptor’ passport trail.
If you fancy something to eat while you are there, the Feathers Restaurant is a new purpose built facility and has a great selection of locally produced and sourced food, as well as drinks including wine and beer. Although don’t mistake it for the Vulture Restaurant. Here you will see African White-backed and European Black Vultures having their lunch – and it is not a pretty sight! The Hawk Conservancy Trust also has a shop and great disabled access should you need it.
If your interest in birds of prey goes further than just a one day visit, then the Hawk Conservancy Trust also run some fabulous ‘Experiences’ where you spend more time there and get closer to the birds themselves. Visitors can choose from a number of options from a photographic experience to a day with birds of prey or a children’s owl experience - these also make really great gifts. They also have an adoptions scheme for those interested.
Where to stay
Anyone travelling along the A303 with a bit of time on their hands should stop by the Hawk Conservancy Trust as it is really a great place to visit. If you’re staying in the area longer and need a place to stay then the Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge is only eleven miles away. With a great selection of modern rooms to choose from and the fabulous Solstice Bar & Grill, you’ll be sure to experience some great hospitality.