Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

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Treecreepers nest regularly at the centre.
Treecreepers nest regularly at the centre.
Improvement in Wild Bird Presence

As a rule farmland bird species are in decline and nationally there are efforts taking place in all kinds of ways to buck the trend & some more successful than others.

The problem is always one of how to live alongside our feathered friends without affecting their survival.

The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is a all too infrequent example of how wildlife can coexist in an area utilised by man and in this instance man has enhanced the wildlife's chance of survival.

Careful felling of certain trees has allowed enclosures to be built but has also allowed light to filter through to the woodland floor and encourage the growth of woodland flora which in turn attracts a wider variety of insects and therefore bird and animal life.

Dead wood is also allowed to remain on the woodland floor housing more invertebrates as it decomposes and also creating nesting sites for robins and wrens.

The presence of nestboxes in the wood has also increased the number of hole-nesting birds & blue tits have even made use of bat boxes proving that holes must have been hard to come by in this woodland.

Finally and ironically the fact that there are so many tame birds of prey at the centre actually disuades the native predators from taking songbirds within the centre birds have actually reared young very close to the woodland trails
without disturbance.

Examples: A wren nesting in a display box, three feet off the ground, right on the side of a well trodden woodland path and a chaffinch nesting in some ivy on the side of a Snowy Owl aviary.

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