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 !
Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the woodland residents.
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 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.
As the sunshine bursts through the canopy here at RFOC it plays on the vegetation below creating shapes and colours that are stunning to watch.
The canopy also protects our residents from the
full heat of the day ... the shade is welcome and shared by all.
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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 Jeannie about the options available at the Centre.
RFOC ~ CONTACT DETAILS
Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre ~
For General Enquiries and Bookings please contact Jeannie on : 07549 998 373
R F O C WOODLANDS
Please refer to the 'Conservation' section of our Web-site for additional information.