Soaring High – The Hawk Conservancy Trust

Wednesday 10th May was a beautiful day for Year 3 to visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Andover. A vast array of birds were out on display to give us some truly memorable and breath-taking demonstrations. Over 130 birds of prey were on parade and their acrobatics, swooping, diving and soaring left us both gobsmacked and overjoyed.

Top of the billing was Madeleine, a Secretary Bird, who certainly strutted her funky stuff whilst trying to stamp on a pretend snake, her favourite prey! There was no time to nap as an extraordinary and mighty range of eagles descended upon us like bomber planes, narrowly missing us as we ducked for cover. This was all set to a beautiful background of African Savannah grassland complete with African music and, as it happens, hot and sunny weather. It was as if we were really there in the depths of Africa!

Many thanks to the wonderful and beautifully presented Hawk Conservancy Trust. Its staff are clearly passionate about their work, which made for a fantastic day out. Our boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were a real credit to the school; the birds, too, were on tip-top form due to the perfect weather conditions. Lastly, thanks go out to Mrs Kidson for organising such a super trip and for Sian Bond, a parent, for taking one of the groups and for being such a pleasure to be around.

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