Hawk Conservancy Trust receives top zoo industry award

PUBLISHED: 13:39 17 November 2010 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

Hawk Conservancy Trust receives top zoo industry award

Hawk Conservancy Trust receives top zoo industry award

The Hawk Conservancy Trust has received a commendation from the zoo world, following the prestigious annual awards ceremony of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) the professional body that represents the zoo and aquarium

Hawk Conservancy Trust receives top zoo industry award

The Hawk Conservancy Trust has received a commendation from the zoo world, following the prestigious annual awards ceremony of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) the professional body that represents the zoo and aquarium community. Held for over a decade, the BIAZA Awards recognise outstanding contributions to, and achievements in, the fields of wildlife conservation, animal welfare and husbandry, veterinary medicine, marketing, PR, education, research, enclosure design and individual outstanding achievement.

Dr Miranda Stevenson, Director of BIAZA said: The award-winning programmes showcased today demonstrate the huge investment of energy and resources made by our leading zoos to improve animal welfare and raise environmental awareness. These awards recognise and celebrate the vital contributions that our members are making to conservation and education each year. Equally, they are standard bearers for excellence in animal husbandry and welfare. We congratulate all the winners on their achievement.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust received a commendation in the Best PR Award category (small collection) for its coverage of the story of Troy, the Tawny Owl. Troy was brought into the Trusts specialist bird of prey hospital after falling out of the nest last spring. The people who found him had somehow managed to hand rear him for nearly six weeks and when he came to the hospital was completely tame, so it was not possible to return him to the wild.

It was decided that Troy, who was approaching his first birthday, would join other birds of prey in the flying demonstration team at the Trust. However, it was soon discovered that because of his human upbringing he had rather an aversion to heights! Troys story hit local, national and international newspapers, TV and radio! So much was the popularity of this young owl that he now has his own Facebook page.

The Trusts Marketing Manager, Gale Gould, said we are thrilled to have won this latest award. To be recognised by the professional body representing the zoo industry is very satisfying. Troys story did have a happy ending and he has proved himself to be a fantastic ambassador for his species as well as a popular attraction at the Trust. His education role also teaches people about the importance of leaving wild animals in the wild.

Charity No: 1092349 Company No: 4304161

For further information, interviews or images please contact:

Gale Gould - Marketing Manager
Hawk Conservancy Trust

Visitor Centre, Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY, UK

Tel: 01264 773850 x223 Mobile: 0788 079 7211


BIAZA, - British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums

BIAZA is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity, which acts as the principal professional zoo body representing the responsible zoo and aquarium community in the UK and Ireland. With about 100 members, its role is to develop and spread best practice within the UK and international zoo community, combining lobbying and campaigning with the development of policy in collaboration with the government and scientific organizations. Over the last 12 months, BIAZA members have supported around 700 projects by providing financial support in excess of 9 million and by supplying skills, staff and equipment for conservation programmes worldwide. www.biaza.org.uk

Hawk Conservancy Trust

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a conservation charity and award winning visitor centre, located near Andover, Hampshire, that has for many years worked in the fields of conservation, education, rehabilitation and the research of birds of prey, both in the UK and overseas.

Set in 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow, there are over 150 birds of prey on view, from the tiny Pygmy Owl to the impressive Stellers Sea Eagles! Many of these birds are involved in three spectacular daily flying demonstrations, whilst others are part of important breeding or environmental enrichment projects.

Conservation is an important feature of the Trusts mission. It was the first organisation to breed and release Red Kites back to the wild; runs the Fund-a-Bird nest box adoption project for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels; receives over 200 young, sick or injured birds of prey each year, which are treated in the Trusts specialist hospital and rehabilitation aviaries; and has projects concerned with vulture conservation in Africa and Pakistan.

Visitors to the Trust are offered three daily flying demonstrations, including Hawks & Horses, that enable the participants to get closer to the birds in a more intimate setting; as well as extra activities and events during school holidays and weekends, including tractor rides, duck racing and ferret racing! There are opportunities for every visitor to hold a British bird of prey, such as a Barn Owl, Tawny Owl or Harris Hawk.

The Trust is also home to the UKs only public Great Bustard enclosure. Special events include Owls by Moonlight, Flying Experience/Photographic Days, plus a Raptor Experience & Bustard Safari. Gift Vouchers are available.

The Trust has fully catered corporate facilities that make a unique setting for private functions and parties. There is a Coffee Shop and Trust Shop on site, plus ample free parking, with designated disabled spaces. Coaches are Welcome. The Hawk Conservancy Trust is open all year round and only closes Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For more information contact 01264 773850, email info@hawkconservancy.org or visit www.hawkconservancy.org.

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