Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

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The centre has habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
The centre has habitat for all kinds of wildlife.
Rutland Falconry & Owl Centre Conservation efforts

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre is an important facility for tourism in Rutland and continues to build a base of appreciative public who return, time after time, for the interest and the peace and quiet offered by this unobtrusive retreat.

The centre is also, as the name suggests, somewhere that offers large opportunities for education to both young and old. The centre has a large collection of both native and foreign birds of prey which can be viewed at close proximity, this gives people the chance to appreciate creatures they may otherwise never have the chance to see, (this applies to our own native species of owl too).

Also upon recognising the importance of encouraging wild bird and mammal species to take up residence at the centre & all enclosures have been constructed from rough sawn timber and trails and other constructions have been laid outsympathetically to the environment.
Since acquisition of the site all previous shooting activities have ceased and the resident birds of prey have ironically provided many songbirds with safe haven to rear their young, as wild birds of prey are less inclined to explore.

Much of the plantation that the centre is situated within consists of relatively young stands of Poplar and Scots Pine trees which harbour relatively few natural nesting sites for hole-nesting birds due to their immaturity. A non-profit making organisation called Wildhomes has been working with the centre to supply these nesting sites in the form of nestboxes & with marked success and scope for further placements.

This has also opened up further opportunities for education at the centre with the provision of informative signs and display boxes in view on woodland trails. The nestboxes have been monitored within the centre and results have been included in the national Nest Record Scheme run by the British Trust for Ornithology.

Recent surveys carried out have extended to the entomological diversity of the centre through moth trapping and recording activity & some of the many species present can be seen later in this report.
Further information on all natural aspects of the Owl Centre may be obtained through the pages of this document. A list of contact details for the organisations connected to the projects mentioned can be found in a section towards the end that gives further information on the activities and aims of these organisations.