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Embracing Winter’s Glow at The Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Snow-lit Spectacle

UK bird of prey conservation charity the Hawk Conservancy Trust is busy making preparations for 13 nights of snow later this month.

While the flurries may be part of simulated snowfall within its Winter Woodland Lights event, the charity is promising an experience every bit as magical as the real thing with the added beauty of colourful illuminations, stirring music and the grand finale of a stunning owl flying display.

In contrast to festive season light trails, this post-Christmas event is intended to raise spirits in the depths of winter while helping to raise funds for another year of vital research and conservation work for birds of prey in the UK and overseas.  This timing has proved increasingly popular with visitors seeking something uplifting to do in the winter evenings and to help beat the post-Christmas January blues.

Set in the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s 22 acres of Hampshire countryside, Winter Woodland Lights literally showcases the wonders of Mother Nature, shining a light on natural habitats through stunning visual spectacles with enchanting music and narration.

A brand new theme of “Light in the darkness” will help visitors appreciate that, even on the darkest days of the year we can spot natural light sources playing their part in the life of planet earth – from the subtle glow of fireflies and the guiding light of stars to the awesome power of lightning or the stunning spectacle of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

At the end of the trail, visitors will take their seat to enjoy the most thrilling display of all with owls swooping low overhead, weaving through the beautifully lit woodland and demonstrating the skills that help them survive dark days and even darker nights of winter.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Winter Woodland Lights will run from the 12 January to 28 January and tickets are available to book now, either online at: or by telephone on 01264 773850.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust is dedicated to the research and conservation of birds of prey both in the UK and overseas and utilises income from its visitor centre near Andover, Hampshire, to fund its work. Visitors can experience rare birds of prey up close, watch world-class flying displays in three completely different arenas or simply meander through 22 acres of woodland and wildflower meadow.