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Tikko and Guinevere – Common Buzzards
The common buzzards are a native to Britain, we are hoping Tikko and Gwen will breed in the future, they have been together for the last two years and showed all the signs of bonding and nest building last year, but unfortunately we have had no luck with producing youngsters but we all have our fingers crossed for the future!
Lou and Chica – Harris Hawks
Harris hawks are a South American species, also known as a cactus hawk due to their fondness for perching on them in the wild. The harris hawks are used for ‘hawk walks” within the grounds of Swinton Park where guests have the opportunity to fly them to the gloved fist , due to their fondness for people and unique flying abilities.
Mika – Bengal Eagle Owl
Mika was handreared by falconer Sophie from a week old, spending his early days wandering around her house before he was old enough to live in his aviary at Swinton. Owls are naturally a highly strung species so hand rearing is important to ensure they are calm around people. Mika loves showing off and is flown regularly on ‘Owl Experiences’
Billy – Red Tailed Hawk
Billy is a North American species. The eyesight of a hawk/buzzard is around 8 times better than a human’s which enables him to catch and hunt his prey so successfully in the wild.
Phantom – Snowy Owl
Snowy Owls are able withstand temperatures as low as -50° C which is why they are so happy in snowy climates in the Artic circles where they originate . Snowy owls are also predominantly a day time hunting owl.
Kate – Peregrine Falcon
The peregrine falcon is a another native to Britain and they are the fastest animal on the planet . Kate is a rescue bird, she was found as a chick drowning in a canal, and she was rescued and brought to Swinton where she has grown up since.
Rosie and Ollie – European Eagle Owls
A native to Europe and Asia the European Eagle Owl is the largest of all the Owl species they are capable of taking prey the size of foxes and small deer in the wild. We are hoping to breed from these birds, however Rosie is only a youngster so it will be a year or two before she reaches sexual maturity.
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Thank goodness the sun has now come out and we seem to have finally put winter behind us! The Parkland has burst into bloom with clouds of blossom and a colourful carpet of daffodils and bluebells around the trees.
The Walled Garden is also getting going, with bright tulips swaying in the breeze and home grown asparagus bursting forth. Asparagus is at its most delicious when eaten closest to home, so dishes featuring home-grown asparagus are now on all our menus, including the bar and lounge. The garden furniture is out and soon it will be time for afternoon teas on the lawn and evening drinks on the terrace at sunset. English summertime at it’s best.
Please click here if you are making plans for 2013 and want to see our Events and Activities Calendar to book a cookery course, themed lunch or family event. Our inspirational Themed Lunch and Dining Experiences page includes Wine Appreciation Lunches, with talks and tastings led by our new sommelier David Borwick, together with our Gardening Lunches, which include a talk and tour with garden designer Susan Cunliffe-Lister.