Birds of prey swoop into country centre


A NEW partnership looks set to soar for charity which helps adults with learning difficulties across the Observer area.

Birds of prey will become a firm fixture at the Aldingbourne Trust’s country centre in Norton, off the A27 near Fontwell, thanks to a recent partnership with Hawking About.

“We are very excited about Hawking About coming to Aldingbourne Country Centre”, said Nicki Clarke from the trust.

“It will be a wonderful addition to the centre and we hope that visitors will enjoy this new attraction.

“The charity is passionate about nature and very pleased that we now have birds of prey on site that people can learn about alongside our other animals at the centre,” Nicki added.

The feathered friends on site will include harris hawks, a peregrine falcon, a barn owl, a African spotted eagle owl, a tawny owl and a long eared owl.

The centre’s visitors will be able to see the birds of prey in their aviaries and also watch the birds being flown around the site.

There will also be some unique opportunities to get up close to the birds, and meet and handle them.

Hawking About is also set to offer bird of prey workshops, photographic workshops, children’s parties, school visits, educational talks, corporate and team building days.

Nicki said there will also be some excellent bird of prey experience packages.

These include a unique hawk walk and an owl encounter in the centre’s woodland walk where you let them fly to you – a must for owl enthusiasts.

There are also half day packages and meet and greet experiences were visitors can learn about each species.

All bird of prey experiences involve a health and safety briefing before the sessions and the provisions of a bird of prey handling glove.

The Aldingbourne Country Centre is the main site for the trust which supports adults with learning disabilities to live independently across West Sussex.

As well as providing training facilities for adults with learning disabilities, the country centre is 
also open as a visitor attraction to maintain self-sufficiency.

There is a farm, woodland walk with play equipment, mini golf, ride-on tractors, gift shop and café as well as plenty of opportunities to see what the trust has to offer.

For more details about the bird of prey experiences and to make a booking contact Kevin Lochner on 07808 899599 or

More information can 
also be found on the trust’s website