The Hawk and Owl Trust are a national charity. They create and manage nesting, roosting and feeding habitats for owls and birds of prey. They carry out practical research to further their understanding of their conservation and behaviour and they welcome visitors to their wildlife reserves, education centres and outreach projects.

As top predators, birds of prey and owls are a barometer of the health of the environment. Conserving them involves conserving their prey, and the whole chain of life that supports them and their habitats. It is a ‘bottom-up’ process and as a charity they demonstrate this practically on our reserves where the abundance of raptors, owls and other wildlife bear testament to the conservation methods we advocate and practice.

The Hawk and Owl Trust was founded in 1969 because of concerns at the time about the alarming decline in numbers of Peregrines and other raptors. Within their ranks they have some of the leading owl and raptor experts in the country and, together with volunteers from their local group network,  who are working with landowners and government in various parts of the UK to create habitats for birds of prey and install nest boxes for species such as Barn Owl, Little Owl and Kestrel.

The Hawk and Owl campaign offer wider protection for owls and raptors at home and abroad and have initiated many projects which research into issues such as persecution, habitat loss and road mortality. Their officers work closely with local community groups, bringing bird of prey conservation into the lives of people of all ages.

Together with their partners, they are ensuring that there is a constant effort in raising awareness of the need of these wonderful birds.

As a charity they rely on people like you to help us carry out our vital work for birds of prey, so please support them by applying for a membership,adopting a nestbox or by making a donation or legacy.



April 07, 2022

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