Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Join us for the next BIG CAT DAY ~ Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August, 2017

Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre

In 1999, Chris Lawton relocated his expanding collection of Birds of Prey to the present site at Burley Bushes.

Over the years, Chris has been true to his original aims and objectives. RFOC combines a natural environment for the benefit of the native woodland birds and animals while providing a secure home for the Centre residents.

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 extends over 42 acres of Ancient Woodland 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.

Native woodland birds, animals and plants are as much a part of the Centre from floor to canopy as Chris Lawton is himself. From the onset, RFOC has nurtured and protected the biodiversity of these woodlands.

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.

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.

  • Summer from 10am until 4pm ( last admission ). Gates close at 5.00pm.
  • Group evenings (after 5.00pm ~ Gates close at 8.00pm) during the Summer Season are limited in availability / duration with restricted numbers ~ prior booking only.
  • Winter from 10am until 3pm, daylight allowing.


  • ADULTS 6.00
  • SN CITIZENS 4.00
  • UNDER 16s 3.50
  • UNDER 5s F.O.C




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.


The refurbishment / replacement of Woodland Aviary's following Storm Doris earlier this year continues in addition to our Annual Refurbishment Programme. RFOC remains open with minimal disruption to the general public while the Refurbishment Programme remains ongoing.

The surface of the Woodland paths and trails are an important part of RFOC's Annual Refurbishment Programme. Natural materials are used in this natural environment and as such, have a limited life span.

It is important for visitors to RFOC to come prepared to entre this natural environment bringing both waterproof clothing and appropriate footwear.

We are looking forward with anticipation to the next 2017 Big Cat Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday, 28th August.
We do hope that you will be able to join us.

Please contact Chris direct to pre-book your place on this very special day.

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.

PLEASE, keep reading down this page to discover why RUTLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY have decided to launch a request for help in transforming the life of INCA the young Puma living at the Sanctuary.

In the meanwhile, work has started on 'TOO HOOTS' a small (and most Welcome!) snack bar which will be opening shortly on site for tea's 'n coffee.

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WOODLAND WALK with a BIRD of PREY ~ 12.00-2.00 pm.

25.00. per head during School Holidays only.

Offer open to young people and adults alike.

Young people over 8 years of age must be accompanied by a fee paying adult.

Prior booking is essential as numbers are limited on this very Special

For details ~ Contact : 07549 998 373

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BIG CAT OPEN DAY ~ Date for your diary ....
Summer Bank Holiday, Monday, 28th August, 2017.

If you are interested and would like additional information on the next BIG CAT OPEN DAY of 2017, please contact Chris direct on :
07778 152 814.

Open : 11.00am - 4.00pm
Entrance Fee : 15.00. per head.
Sorry ~ No admission to Under 12's.

Thank you for your support.
All funds raised support the work of the Big Cat Project within Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary .

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"INCA's FUND" is in need of your help and support

INCA is an adolescent Puma who has found a long term home here at Rutland Wildlife Sanctuary.

INCA's Enclosure has already had one rebuild following tree damage in the wake of Storm Doris.

Now, to ensure INCA's good health and wellbeing continues, her enclosure would benefit from an extension which will cost the Wildlife Sanctuary 5,000. 00.

As a lively, adolescent Puma, INCA needs additional space to stretch her growing body and to allow her to explore her natural environment further. Stimulation is an essential component of INCA's daily life so additional space will offer additional opportunities.

If you feel able to donate to INCA's FUND, please make a cheque payable to RUTLAND WILDLIFE SANCTUARY and indicate on the reverse that you wish your donation to go specifically towards INCA's FUND.

By way of thanks, the Wildlife Sanctuary will erect a sign once the final figure has been met which will name every person who has donated 10.00 or more towards INCA's FUND.

It is your continued support which enables the work of RWS to continue and develop.

INCA's FUND is specific and will actually change the world of this amazing, active, adolescent Puma.

Thank you so very much for the part you play in INCA's journey.

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