With the Strictly Come Dancing final about to leave the nation without its uplifting weekly spectacle, the Hawk Conservancy Trust is set to brighten up January by staging the UK’s first illuminated and choreographed bird of prey flying display.
On special nights throughout January the Trust’s visitor centre, near Andover in Hampshire, will come alive with sounds and lights as owls dance through the branches of enchanting illuminated woodland.
“We’re not doing Strictly’s famous sequins, of course, but we do promise a lot of feathers!” said Penny Smout, the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Chief Executive. “These Winter Woodland Light shows will be a stunning experience and they feel perfect not only as a highlight in the depths of winter but also as a marker of our hopes for a year ahead that is brighter for every one of us. We are really hoping we’ll see new visitors to the Trust at this event. It will be an opportunity to inspire new bird of prey fans and share insights into the conservation work we do.”
Visitors will be immersed in nature and surrounded by a sea of colour as they enjoy some much-needed escapism to lift the January blues and brighten their spirits.
Following a captivating trail that celebrates the wonder of the woods and all that live within, visitors will experience mesmerising lights and fascinating narration that illuminates many scenes of woodland life, including a rainstorm of light, the joy of sunrise and the dazzling owl ‘aerial dance’ finale.
These Winter Woodland Light events are one of several fundraising measures being staged by the charity which hopes to generate essential income after the Covid-19 pandemic has caused it to suffer a significant financial downturn.
Tickets are now available to pre-book on the Trust’s website and every one sold will support the Trust’s work including its conservation and research work in the UK and overseas.