The Hawk Conservancy Near Andover win top Zoo Award


A major research project by the Hawk Conservancy Trust has received a top accolade at the British and Irish Association of Zoo’s and Aquariums ( BIAZA) annual awards ceremony. The event, known as the Zoo “Oscars”, is held to celebrate some of the incredible contributions made by the zoo community to animal welfare, wildlife conservation, public understanding, and horticulture.

Campbell Murn, Head of Conservation and Research, received the award, on behalf of the Trust, from Lord Rupert Redesdale, President of BIAZA at an awards ceremony held at ZSL London Zoo. The Hawk Conservancy Trust picked up the award for the Best Research Project, in a small collection category, for their work in identification of White-headed Vultures by plumage patterns. Penny Smout, CEO, said: “Naturally the Hawk Conservancy Trust is delighted to receive this award.  Our Conservation and Research Department has put in a tremendous amount of work on this research project, and the Trust is proud that our efforts have been acknowledged by BIAZA.”

The Trust’s work has been published in scientific journals and has been developed over a number of years. Further information can be found at:

The BIAZA awards demonstrate an extraordinary year of achievements and ingenious solutions made by zoos and aquariums across the UK and Ireland. As always, the winning projects were selected against very strict criteria: the assessors included external experts as well as professionals from within the zoo community. 

Dr Kirsten Pullen, CEO of BIAZA, said: “The BIAZA awards highlight the crucial work carried out in zoos and aquariums. All of this year’s award-winning projects show the exceptional contributions our members are making to animal husbandry and welfare, wildlife conservation and public understanding for species both in the UK and overseas.”

For further information please contact BIAZA:

Zara Gaspar, Communications Manager, BIAZA, T: 020 7449 6599, M 07738008600  Email:

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