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
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.
The refurbishment / replacement of Woodland Aviary's continues ~ the condition of the ground has 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 emerging flora and fauna is a delight to be seen in the Woodland at this time of year as the green of Spring moves from the ground, through the undergrowth, into the trees right up to the canopy.
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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Saturday, 10th JUNE, 2017 ~
a date for your diary !
RFOC are hosting a 'Medieval Day' at the Centre between 11.00 - 4.00 pm.
Watch this space next month for details of this special event .....
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