Meet the Birds
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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.
Book Accommodation Online Now
As the Festive season approaches, this is a busy time for us all, buying presents and planning ahead for Christmas and New Year. We have some great accommodation offers which are perfect as a little pre-Christmas treat, or a restorative break after the whirlwind of Christmas activity.
Available between 27th – 28th December 2013 and 3rd - 4th January 2014 this package offers accommodation and breakfast for two nights with a three course seasonal menu each night in Samuel’s restaurant. Also included are a cream tea and a pre-dinner wine tasting with canapés. From £269 per room, per night. Click Festive Retreat for terms and details.
SWINTON PARK TENDER LOVING CARE
Our popular TLC package is available between 2nd January – 28th February 2014 for a little mid-winter cosseting. This comprises dinner, bed and breakfast together with complimentary perks and privileges that include a pre-dinner glass of champagne, an upgrade to the seven course Signature Tasting Menus at dinner in Samuel’s restaurant, with a selection of fine wines to complement each course and a spa gift for those booking a spa treatment. From £299 per room, per night. Click Swinton TLC for terms and details.
Low Season Rate
Running from 19th November 2013 – 13th February 2014, this offers a 20% discount on both standard B&B and Dinner Inclusive rates for two night stays between Tuesday to Thursday, excluding 26th – 28th December 2013. Click Low Season Rate for terms and details.
Please see our Special Offers page for details of all the above and other seasonal offers.