Above: Diego Mendez (above), the 2019 recipient of the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s Marion Paviour Award, used the grant to survey roosts, foraging grounds and nests of king vultures (right) in Bolivia Photo: Diego Méndez


THE HAWK CONSERVANCY Trust (HCT) is reinstating its Marion Paviour Award for 2020 after a generous donation from E3 Leadership Development.

The Trust’s special bird-of-prey research award was under threat of cancellation after Covid-19 restrictions closed the trust to visitors. The Hampshire attraction has now re-opened, with heavily restricted visitor numbers, but there has been a significant loss of income that would normally be used to conduct vital conservation and research, and also to support the award. The scheme grants awards up to a maximum of £1,000 each in support of early-career researchers working on the conservation of birds of prey. 

“The focus of the Marion Paviour Award on engaging with young researchers, enabling them to apply for the award and empowering the winner to conduct important research, is closely aligned with the ethos of E3 Leadership Development of Engage, Enable and Empower. We are delighted to support this award for 2020,” said Gary Wyles, director of E3 Leadership Development.

This is the third year of the Marion Paviour Award; in 2018, MSc researcher Katie Harrington received the award to support her research involved with designing and constructing tail-mounted data loggers to investigate the daily movements and activities of Near Threatened striated caracara (Phalcoboenus australis) in the Falkland Islands.

Biologist Diego Méndez was the recipient in 2019, and he used the funding to support surveys of roosts, foraging grounds and nests of the king vulture (Sarcoramphus papa) in central Bolivia.

The HCT is a conservation charity and award-winning visitor centre with a mission to conserve birds of prey, dedicated to understanding their ecology and the development of evidence-based conservation outcomes.


How to apply

APPLICATIONS are being invited with immediate effect, and details can be found at: www.hawk-conservancy.org/conservation-research/marion-paviour-award The closing date is August 31, 2020. 

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