Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Join us for the final BIG CAT OPEN DAY of 2017 ~ BOXING DAY ~ Tuesday, 26th December

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

In 1999, Chris Lawton relocated his expanding collection of Birds of Prey to the present site at Burley Bushes.

Over the years, Chris has been true to his original aims and objectives. RFOC combines a natural environment for the benefit of the native woodland birds and animals while providing a secure home for the Centre residents.

Conservation initiatives have encompassed a range of differing options and a strong Educative component has developed along surprising lines in this quiet corner of Rutland.

Always, the continued care and wellbeing of the Birds of Prey and Animals at RFOC remains paramount.

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre extends over 42 acres of Ancient Woodland close to Rutland Water.

The Centre is home to a superb international collection of Birds of Prey ~ Owls, Hawks, Buzzards, Falcons, Eagles and Vultures who live next to a fascinating array of flora and fauna.

Some of the Birds of Prey are happy to be held, some will fly for you while others prefer to be admired from a safe distance.

Native woodland birds, animals and plants are as much a part of the Centre from floor to canopy as Chris Lawton is himself. From the onset, RFOC has nurtured and protected the biodiversity of these woodlands.

At times, Songbirds nest precariously close to people ~ protected as they are by the resident Birds of Prey from their natural predators.

Maturing ponds, a purpose-built wild bird feeding station together with a variety of different nesting boxes throughout the woodland at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre are in evidence.

Step quietly, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of woodland residents such as fallow deer, muntjac, foxes, badgers and other mammals as you explore tracks and trails running through a variety of differing habitats.

Alternatively, sit quietly and listen to the sounds of the woodland come alive around you.

The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre has something for everyone

Why not 'HOLD A BIRD of PREY' during your visit ~ no booking required ~ ask a member of Staff which Bird is available and happy to be held...

For only 2.00. ~ it will be an experience you remember + it does offer a fantastic 'photo opportunity !

Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the woodland residents.

  • Summer from 10am until 4pm ( last admission ). Gates close at 5.00pm.
  • Group evenings (after 5.00pm ~ Gates close at 8.00pm) during the Summer Season are limited in availability / duration with restricted numbers ~ prior booking only.
  • * * Winter Opening from 10.00am until 3.00pm, ~ daylight hours allowing * *


  • ADULTS 6.00
  • SN CITIZENS 4.00
  • UNDER 16s 3.50
  • UNDER 5s F.O.C




For your own comfort, please bring appropriate clothing / footwear.

There is wheel-chair access to the Reception area and the surrounding aviary's while the woodland trails may prove more challenging due to the natural environment.

Please be aware that Pre-Booking is required for our Courses to avoid disappointment.
Deposits on ALL Bookings are non-refundable.


The Annual Refurbishment Programme is underway ~ our progress is defined by prevailing weather conditions.

As always, RFOC remains open with minimal disruption to the visiting public.

The Woodland paths and trails are an integral part of our Refurbishment Programme.
Allowing for the reduced life span, the use of Natural materials remain our preferred choice in the Woodland environment.

With the WINTER OPENING HOURS ~ please come prepared to entre this natural environment bringing both waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear with you.

We are looking forward with anticipation to the final Big Cat Open Day of 2017 ~ on Tuesday, 26th December ~ BOXING DAY ~ We do hope that you will be able to join us.

The Festive Season will be here very quickly now ~ This is the last opportunity for you to join us with the Big Cats in 2017.

Please contact Chris direct to pre-book your place on this very special Big Cat Open Day.
Be aware that places are limited and already they are filling up ~ what better way to spend Boxing Day with friends and family !.

Watch this space for the BIG CAT OPEN DAY DATES for 2018 .....

As always, in times of unsettled weather conditions, please phone Chris direct prior to visiting to ensure that RFOC is open to the public. It avoids disappointment.

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Join us for our delightful CHRISTMAS Woodland " HAWK WALK" ~ led by our resident Falconer ~ only 25.00 per head.
Minimum age: 8 years, accompanied at all times by a fee paying adult.
We do ask that you contact either Chris or Jeannie for details and to ensure that your place is secured as numbers and offer are limited.

We would not want you to be disappointed !!

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Are you a member of the ARMED FORCES ??
If so, you may wish to take advantage of our SPECIAL ARMED FORCES DISCOUNT ...

Family Ticket ~ 14.00. 2x adults/2 x children (5 - 16 years. Under 5's FOC)

Adult ~ 5.00. ID required.

Accompanying Adults without ID 6.00

Extra children ~ 3.50.

Due to the up-take of this Special Promotion, we have decided to extend this offer further and we are looking forward to Welcoming you when you are able to visit the Centre...

* Please refer to RFOC's Winter opening hours *

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BIG CAT OPEN DAY ~ Date for your diary ....
BOXING DAY ~ Tuesday, 26th December, 2017

If you are interested and would like additional information on the final BIG CAT OPEN DAY of 2017, please contact Chris direct on :
07778 152 814.

Open : 11.00am - 4.00pm
Entrance Fee : 15.00. per head.
Sorry ~ No admission to Under 12's.

Thank you for your support.
All funds raised support the work of the Big Cat Project within Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary .

The 2018 BIG CAT OPEN DAY DATES will be published shortly. Watch this space !!

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