About the Hawk and Owl Trust

The Hawk and Owl Trust is a registered charity working for owls and other birds of prey in the wild [reg. charity no.1058565]

Barn Owl Hovering © Pete Walkden

The Hawk and Owl Trust is a charity dedicated to:

  • conserving owls and other birds of prey in the wild;
  • increasing knowledge and appreciation of them through:
  • creation and management of nesting, roosting and feeding habitats;
  • practical research; wildlife reserves; education centres and outreach projects

So, by conserving the places where owls and other wild birds of prey nest and feed, we also support many associated species – from field voles to skylarks, dragonflies to grass snakes – in a whole variety of habitats.

How We Operate
Part-time and full time paid staff head up teams of dedicated volunteers from all parts of the UK, helping with administration, creating research projects, giving talks to the public and other organisations, as well as running local groups. The staff, including two conservation officers and two education officers, depend on grants and sponsorship by organisations that support us.

The Hawk and Owl Trust was founded in 1969 because of concerns about the alarming decline in numbers of peregrines and other raptors. Today, we are the only British charity working solely to conserve all wild birds of prey, including owls, in the face of mounting human pressures.

Within our ranks we have some of the leading owl and raptor experts in the country and, together with volunteers from our local group network, we 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 owls, little owls and kestrels.

We campaign for wider protection for owls and raptors at home and abroad and have initiated many projects which research issues such as persecution, habitat loss and road mortality. Our officers work closely with local community groups, bringing bird of prey conservation into the lives of people of all ages. Together with our partners, we are ensuring that there is a constant effort in raising awareness of the need of these wonderful birds.

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

Watch a video featuring the Hawk and Owl Trust’s Eastern Region Conservation Officer Nigel Middleton.

HAWK AND OWL TRUST from Viking Optical on Vimeo.