The Importance of Leaving a Legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust

 Nature is a precious resource that provides us with joy, recreation, good health, and sustains our very existence as human beings. However, in recent times, it has faced unprecedented threats. Birds of prey, in particular, are not only beautiful and iconic creatures but also play a crucial role in our ecosystems. They serve as indicators of the overall health of our environment and are reliant on a diverse range of species to thrive.

From majestic eagles to elegant owls, everyone has their favorite bird of prey. Witnessing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitats is a source of both joy and education. Fortunately, due to conservation efforts, many bird of prey species in the UK have managed to survive and even flourish. However, some, like the harriers, continue to face a precarious existence, while others, such as the kestrel, are under significant threat.

At the Hawk and Owl Trust, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to preserving these incredible species. We do so not only by directly protecting them but also by preserving their natural environments. Our efforts extend to our two nature reserves, educational initiatives, providing nest sites, and conducting practical research to develop solutions and enhance conservation efforts.

Preserving Nature's Wonders for Future Generations

Leaving a legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust is not just a gift for the present; it is an investment in the future. By including us in your estate plans, you can help ensure that future generations have the opportunity to enjoy these magnificent birds in their beautiful natural settings. Your legacy will not only contribute to the preservation of our environment but also build the knowledge required to coexist with birds of prey for generations to come.

Our Nature Reserves

At the Hawk and Owl Trust, we manage two nature reserves that provide crucial habitats for a variety of bird of prey species. These reserves, Sculthorpe Moor and Shapwick Heath, are carefully maintained to create suitable conditions for these birds to thrive. By leaving a legacy, you are supporting the ongoing conservation efforts and ensuring the long-term care and protection of these vital habitats.

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve

Sculthorpe Moor Nature Reserve is a haven for birds of prey nestled in the heart of Norfolk. This 200-acre reserve is home to a diverse range of species, including barn owls, marsh harriers, and tawny owls. By leaving a legacy, you can help us maintain and enhance the reserve, ensuring a safe haven for these magnificent creatures.

Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve

Situated in the picturesque Somerset Levels, Shapwick Moor National Nature Nature Reserve spans over 130 acres of grassland and wetland habitats. This reserve provides critical nesting grounds and foraging areas for birds of prey. Your legacy will contribute to the ongoing preservation of this invaluable habitat.

Education and Awareness

At the Hawk and Owl Trust, we believe that educating the next generation is key to ensuring the long-term conservation of birds of prey. Our educational programs aim to inspire young minds, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for these incredible creatures and their habitats.

Engaging with Schools and Communities

We actively engage with schools and communities, providing opportunities for children and adults alike to learn about birds of prey. Through interactive workshops, educational materials, and guided visits to our reserves, we aim to ignite a passion for conservation and the natural world.

Outreach Programs

In addition to our work with schools and communities, we also conduct outreach programs in urban areas, bringing the wonder of birds of prey to those who may not have easy access to nature. These programs include talks, and demonstrations, allowing people to connect with these majestic creatures up close.

Providing Nest Sites

Birds of prey often face challenges when it comes to finding suitable nesting sites. By leaving a legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust, you can contribute to the creation and maintenance of nesting platforms and boxes, providing safe and secure locations for these birds to breed and raise their young.

Practical Research for Conservation Solutions

To ensure the long-term survival of birds of prey, we conduct practical research to develop effective conservation solutions. Our dedicated team of scientists and researchers work tirelessly to understand the challenges faced by these species and find ways to mitigate threats to their populations.

How to Leave a Legacy

Leaving a legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust is a straightforward process that can have a lasting impact on the preservation of birds of prey. Here are a few key steps to consider:

  1. Seek Professional Advice: Consult with a solicitor or legal professional to ensure your wishes are accurately reflected in your will.
  2. Decide on the Type of Legacy: Choose the type of legacy that best suits your circumstances. This could be a residuary legacy, pecuniary legacy, or specific legacy.
  3. Specify your Beneficiaries: Clearly outline the beneficiaries of your legacy, ensuring that the Hawk and Owl Trust is included.
  4. Keep Your Will Updated: Regularly review and update your will to reflect any changes in your circumstances or wishes.
  5. Inform Loved Ones: Let your loved ones know about your decision to leave a legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust, ensuring your wishes are understood.


Leaving a legacy to the Hawk and Owl Trust is a meaningful way to contribute to the preservation of these magnificent birds of prey and their habitats. By ensuring the long-term care and protection of our natural environment, your legacy will leave a lasting impact on future generations. Together, we can ensure that birds of prey continue to grace our skies for years to come.

Whatever you pledge to us, there will always be one pledge to you. To use your gift wisely to benefit birds of prey and owls.

If you have any questions about leaving a legacy bequest to the Hawk and Owl Trust, please call to speak to a member of the fundraising team, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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