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
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.
RFOC are delighted to confirm the 2017 'BIG CAT OPEN DAY' dates...
17th April, Easter Sunday
29th May, Bank Holiday Monday
25th June, Sunday
28th August, Bank Holiday Monday
29th October, Sunday
26th December, Boxing Day
As always, Prior Booking is essential at these events as restrictions apply and numbers are by necessity limited.
If you are interested and would like additional information, please contact Chris direct on :
07778 152 814.
We do hope that you will be able to join us ~ you will be most Welcome.
Should the weather conditions be extreme, please
phone Chris before you leave home to ensure that RFOC is open, the gates remain closed when high winds prevail.
Thank you for your support.