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.
  • Summer Season, Group evenings (after 5.00pm ~ Gates close at 8.00pm) 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
  • ARMED FORCES DISCOUNT available with ID ~ Please enquire on entry.




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.


Together with the WINTER OPENING HOURS, the Annual Refurbishment Programme is underway ~ woodland paths and trails are an integral part of this. As always, RFOC remains open with minimal disruption to the visiting public.

Should you experience restricted mobility please talk to us prior to booking your course with a view to minimising potential difficulties navigating some of our more challenging trails.

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 !.

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.

Are you Looking for a Christmas gift with a difference ??
Why not Book to FLY a BARN OWL ??

For only 45.00. PADDY ~ a delightful four year old British Barn Owl, continues to be one of RFOC's favourite Birds of Prey who will fly to the glove.
Please Talk to Jeannie for details .

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Wishing a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2018 to all of our Visitors, Supporters, Friends and Web~site Followers.

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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 one fee paying adult (6.00).
We do ask that you contact Jeannie for details (07549 998 373) to ensure that your place is secured as numbers are limited.

We would not want you to be disappointed !!

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RFOC's SUCCESSFUL ARMED FORCES DISCOUNT (ID required), has been incorporated it into our regular ADMISSION tarrif.

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.

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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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Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre ~
For General Enquiries and Bookings please contact Jeannie on : 07549 998 373

Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary / Big Cats ~
For General Enquiries and Bookings please contact Chris on : 07778 152 814

Thank you.