Monday, 2nd April ~ BOOKING NOW for the FIRST BIG CAT OPEN DAY of 2018
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 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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RUTLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ~ VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Over 18 ??
Mature, reliable and able to undertake a range of manual / maintenance tasks under supervision in the Big Cat Compound ??
Please contact Chris for a pre-interview discussion on 07778 152 814 ~
Thank you for your interest.
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2018 BIG CAT OPEN DAY DATES :
Monday, 2nd April.
Monday, 7th May.
Sunday, 8th July.
Monday, 27th August.
Sunday, 28th October.
Wednesday, 26th December.
Admission : £20.00. per head.
Over 12's only.
Open : 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.
Numbers are limited, please Pre-book to ensure your place is secure.
Admission to the BIG CAT OPEN DAY includes the opportunity to view the Birds of Prey at RFOC.
Please refer to the Section headed 'SANCTUARY'
for additional RUTLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY ~ BIG CAT COMPOUND information.
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RFOC and RWS ~ CONTACT DETAILS
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
R F O C WOODLANDS
Please refer to the 'Conservation' section of our Web-site for additional information.