The Crest is located within the South Downs National Park (https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/) and so you will have a chance to see a variety of wildlife while out and about; taking a walk up Winchester Hill, a stroll along the River Meon or a morning run along the disused Meon Railway Line.
If you however crave for a more formal day out, jam packed with stunning birds of prey, then look no further than The Hawk Conservancy in Andover.
About The Park
The Hawk Conservancy was founded as a zoo by local farmers Reg and Hilary Smith; and is set inside 22 acres of striking countryside. It is now a registered charity and the site of the National Bird of Prey Hospital, taking in injured birds of prey.
It’s a full day out with plenty of areas to explore, a huge variety of hawks and other birds of prey from all over the world, and hands on activities to take part in.
The grounds are level and easy to walk and so accessible to all, the keepers are very knowledgeable about their subjects and provide interesting, informative talks about the birds and their habitats. Dolores is a star turn in the vulture feeding talk!
The hawk conservancy trust in Andover has a ‘Valley of the Eagles’ display during the summer. During this event you can see up to 18 birds flying at one time; including Black Kites, Hooded Vultures, a Brahminy Kite, a Turkey Vulture and a Eurasian Griffon!
They also have a variety of other events, Mothers Day, Easter Holidays etc so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Recently added is a Children’s trial and play area and daily Children’s activities!
The list of daily events can be found here : https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/your-visit/daily-activities/timetable/
The displays vary season to season; but there is always a great variety of birds to see; bald eagles, griffon vultures, owls, hooded vultures, black kites, and many more.
All the hard work at the Hawk Conservancy is to support their conservation efforts with birds of prey in UK and worldwide. As a result by visiting you are supporting this fantastic charity!
No need to pack a picnic! Onsite and reasonably priced I must mention the Feathers Restaurant; fabulous family friendly choice and reasonably priced.
Tickets and Prices
The Park is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and 8 January – 8 February 2019) and offers a full day out for all ages. Open from 10am to 4pm in the winter and 5pm in Summer.
*Please let me know if you’re planning a visit and we will leave some discount coupons for you*
It’s a full day out so arrive early! Be sure to be entertained by their world-class flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between.
|Children (under 4 years)||FREE|
|Children (age 4 to 15)||£10.45|
|Family (two adults and two children)||£46.25|
|Extra child on a family ticket||£9.20|
“Informative, entertaining, and fun (make sure you dress for the weather). The only way to really appreciate it is to visit”– Trip Advisor