Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
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Join us for the next BIG CAT DAY ~ Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, 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 and 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




  • 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.

Admissions

  • ADULTS 6.00
  • SN CITIZENS 4.00
  • UNDER 16s 3.50
  • UNDER 5s F.O.C
  • FAMILY TICKET 16.00

CARDS NOT ACCEPTED

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.



NEWS FLASH


The refurbishment / replacement of Woodland Aviary's continues ~ initially, the condition of the ground prohibited the use of heavy machinery in the Woodland resulting in slower progress than we would wish . We welcome the dry weather to continue the work ...

The woods are stunning, carpeted as they are in Bluebells once more ~ heavy machinery continues
by necessity to be prohibited.

We thank those who joined us for the Big Cat Open Day in April and we are looking forward with anticipation to the Second 2017 Big Cat Open Day on 29th May, another Bank Holiday Monday.

We are sorry that, due to unforeseen circumstances the planned 'Medieval Day' due
to be held at the Centre has had to be postponed
until a later date.

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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BIG CAT OPEN DAY ~ Date for your diary ....
Monday, 29th May, 2017.

If you are interested and would like additional information on the second 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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