THE LAST BIG CAT DAY THIS YEAR IS BOXING DAY - THE 26TH DECEMBER 2019 (booking required)
Since 1999, RFOC has nurtured and protected the biodiversity of these woodlands ~ creating a secure home for the Centre residents alongside the native woodland birds, animals and plants.
Wood is our preferred building material which yes, has only a limited life-span. It does however negate the damage that man-made materials leave on the landscape.
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 are privileged to be custodians of precious Ancient Woodland bordered by the majestic Black Poplar at Burley Bushes ~ extending over 42 acres 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.
Paths meander through the Woodlands ~ soft underfoot they blend seamlessly and sensitively with the surrounding vegetation. Acting as a natural guide, the paths provide access for you to explore this exceptionally beautiful, constantly changing environment.
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.
Wooden structures provide safe shelter for RFOC residents leaving minimal footprints when they have fulfilled their purpose. The land soon reclaimed by natural ground cover, flora and fungi.
Dead and decaying wood enables the development of another diverse range of habitats which are in themselves, an age-dependent process.
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 ! Minimum age to hold a bird is 5 years.
Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the woodland residents.
During inclement weather please call ahead of your visit to confirm the Centre is open (Tel: 07778 152814)
BOOKINGS BEING TAKEN NOW FOR GROUP VISITS (DAY TIME OR EVENING) IN 2020. Please ring Chris on 07778 152814 to arrange booking
Sorry ~ NO DOGS ALLOWED
FREE PARKING on SITE
For your own comfort, please bring appropriate clothing / footwear.
There is wheel-chair access to the Reception area and the surrounding aviaries 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.
Treat your loved ones to a Gift Voucher for one of our experiences.
The Vouchers available are:
Big Cat Day £20.00
Full Day Falconry experience £130.00
Half Day Falconry experience £75.00
Hawk Walk £65.00
Fly a Barn Owl £45.00
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COME AND VISIT OUR BIG CATS
BOXING DAY 26TH DECEMBER 2019
to book please ring Chris on 07778 152814
STARTS AT 11AM
THE COST IS £20 PER PERSON
NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 YEARS OLD
Come and meet Uri, Dende, and Argun our Amur Leopards. These cats are among the rarest in the world. Then there is Sadi and Cyrus our Persian Leopards, together with Karli our African Leopard. We haven't finished there as we also have Inca our Puma and Shilo who is a Serval. Hope you will come and see them all on one of our open days soon
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Reliable and able to undertake a range of manual / maintenance tasks under supervision ??
If you are interested in Volunteering to work with the Birds of Prey ~ Please talk to Anne about the options available at the Centre.
RFOC ~ CONTACT DETAILS
Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre ~
For General Enquiries and Bookings please contact Anne on : 07549 998 373 Best times between 9am and 11am any day. If we miss your call we could be working with the birds so we will call you back as soon as possible.
R F O C WOODLANDS
Please refer to the 'Conservation' section of our Web-site for additional information.