Winston Walk Weekend: Higher Ground Raptor Centre

Sunday 8 September 2019 10am-1pm - Southern Highlands, NSW

Join the ACT Churchill Fellows Association (ACT CFA) as we travel to the Southern Highlands to visit Higher Ground Raptor Centre, the brainchild of licensed carer and Churchill Fellow Peggy McDonald (2017).

Peggy has been a raptor rehabilitator since 1992 and her story was recently featured on the ABC’s 7:30 Report.

We will visit Peggy at Higher Ground Raptor Centre from 10am until 1pm, followed by BYO café or picnic lunch at Fitzroy Falls.

Make it a day-trip or turn it into a weekend away!

Travel Options

The ACT CFA will consider hiring a mini-bus or similar at a reasonable cost per person if interest in this mode of transportation is strong. Please indicate if you would like to travel by bus to this event by Friday 16 August via email to 

Registrations close Monday 19 August (11.59pm)

This event is organised by the ACT Churchill Fellows Association and is open to ACT Churchill Fellows and their networks.

Places are limited to 25 as to not overwhelm the birds of prey currently in rehabilitation.

This is a free event however donations to the Raptor Centre are encouraged. If you would like to make a donation please visit

About the Raptor Centre

Higher Ground Raptor Centre is an Australian bird of prey rehabilitation, release and education facility conceived, built and managed by Peggy. The facility is home to the Peter Spitzer Free Flight Aviary, the largest free-flight facility of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and one of only a few in the world.

This complex provides a suitable pre-release fitness exercise facility for birds of prey that have come into care, principally through injury. Many are shot, hit by cars, caught in rabbit traps or have become separated from their parents, often as a result of tree felling or weather conditions.

Peggy’s two-month Churchill Fellowship enabled her to study and complete placements over two months at some of the world’s best raptor rehabilitation centres. Her placements included two weeks at The Raptor Center - Veterinary Faculty at Minnesota University, validating many of her findings from a previous internship at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital, the world's largest bird of prey hospital.

About Peggy

Peggy has always had a love of Australian wildlife and began caring for reptiles as a young girl under the tuition of both her father and Eric Worrell, founder of the Australian Reptile Park at Gosford.

Her first internship at the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital in 2011, under Dr Margit Muller, lit the spark that has now become the reality of ARCC Inc. and the dream to witness and help facilitate Australia move towards the forefront of world raptor care and release practices has taken wings.

Peggy McDonald was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to advance and exchange knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques - USA, Canada, UK, United Arab Emirates, South Africa.

You can find Peggy at the following places online:

If you have any questions please contact Sarah May CF (2017) by emailing


2019 ACT CFA Annual Dinner and AGM

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 25 October 2019 6.30 for 7.00pm

Royal Canberra Golf Club
Further details to follow in early September

  • Inviting nominations for the 2019/20 ACT CFA Committee
  • We will hold the AGM on the same evening and invite nominations for the ACT Churchill Fellows Association Committee for 2019/20. Please complete the nomination form and scan and email it to or bring your completed form to the dinner.


2019 Drinks on the House

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 6 December 2019 5.30-7.00pm
Details to follow