Hawk Conservancy reopening date set

Hawk Conservancy reopening date set

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:07pm 30th June 2020.

4 minute read

The Weyhill bird of prey centre will reopen next week, but will only be able to welcome pre-booked visitors initially.

The Hawk Conservancy has been working on plans to open up again over the last few weeks - and have now revealed more details. 

They'll be open to their members first - on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th July.

Other visitors will be able to go along from Wednesday 8th July.

All visits will need to be pre-booked, through the Hawk Conservancy website.

Ticket booking will open on Thursday 2nd July from 2.00pm. 

Gary & Boe - Hawk Conservancy Trust
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is getting ready to reopen in the coming days

WHAT WILL CHANGE ON SITE? 

There'll be a few differences for visitors when they go along to the charity's site - to allow for social distancing.

The pre-booking will also mean capacity won't be as high as normal, to make sure there's enough room for people to keep apart.

The measures in place will include: 

  • Extra cleaning, including the on site toilets
  • Closing certain areas of the park and stopping any activities that might not be deemed safe
  • Serving food and drink at the cafe as a takeaway service only
  • Providing additional hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities
  • Allocating a large space for picnics
  • Staff wearing face coverings and putting up screens for protection
Bird of Prey experience at Hawk Conservancy Trust, near Andover
Some experiences at the Trust might not be running when they first reopen

The Hawk Conservancy's also asking people who have Covid-19 symptoms to stay away and touch as little as possible around the site during visits.

CEO Penny Smout has said they're looking forward to seeing people again:

"We are so pleased to be able to re-open our doors and welcome visitors back to the Trust. Thank you for sticking with us! The Trust has not been the same without our visitors and our team, both human and avian, are really looking forward to seeing you all again.  

"We're disappointed that we won't be able to welcome as many of you as we would normally do at this time of year, however, restricting the number of people is necessary to do our bit to keep our members, visitors, staff, volunteers and animals as safe and healthy as we can."

Hawk conservancy vouchers
The flying displays will be back with the Hawk Conservancy reopens

FLYING DISPLAYS STILL ON

One of the most popular parts of a visit to the Hawk Conservancy is the flying displays - where we get to see the birds of prey in all their glory.

Those will continue on site when they reopen, on three occasions across the day.

There's also a plea from the charity to continue supporting them, as they come out of the crisis - as CEO Penny Smout explains: 

"Thank you very much for your support over the last few months and please stay with us. We need your support more than ever before. 

"The lack of income from being closed and having limited numbers when we do re-open is severely impacting our ability to carry out our conservation work. 

"We're so grateful for the donations we've received and understand this isn't easy for everyone's purse strings at the moment. Even the small things add up, so if you're able to buy a coffee or pre-book your lunch with us, it all helps."

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