The conservation of our natural heritage
At the centre there is an ever increasing diversity in flora an fauna to delight all ages.
The wild bird, animal and plant species to be found within the varied habitats of the centre include the familiar such as blue tits, rabbits and bluebells . . . but as the ecology of this habitat has strengthened we have seen more scarce species making an appearance.
The addition of nesting boxes, for instance, meant that Treecreepers, Wrens, Robins and wild Tawny Owls as well as pipistrelle bats have been recorded not to mention the resident blue, Great and importantly Coal and Marsh Tits.
In the plant world there have been literally hundreds of species recorded (a list of which you can find on our wildlife species page) and there has even been a survey conducted on moths found at the centre.
To find out more about exactly what you can expect to see at Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre apart from the birds of prey browse the links below.
ANCIENT WOODLAND at R.F.O.C.
ANCIENT WOODLANDS have not been artificially planted, they have developed naturally and continuously for 300-400 years or more.
The diverse eco-systems from these woods form an integral part of England's Heritage which are protected and regulated by law from the impact serious disturbance would leave on irreplaceable habitat.
If you have an appreciation of nature at its best, if you are open to experiencing the floor to canopy wonders that may be found for yourself ~ please join us.
RFOC offers the opportunity ~ we would argue ~ to take an unrivalled and enduring photographic record of your visit.
The CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ~ AMUR LEOPARD
If you are interested in ENDANGERED SPECIES, RWS is privileged having been able to offer a home to FOUR of the Worlds rapidly diminishing numbers of AMUR LEOPARDs (panther pardus orientalis).
The AMUR LEOAR is habitually a nocturnal and solitary animal who is able to live for 10-15 years in the wild and up to 20 years in captivity.
The AMUR LEOPARD is able to adapt to natural habitats that provide it with an adequate supply of food and cover. Large tracts of forest are ideal ~ their numbers range across Russia, China and probably North Korea.
Along with many other ENDANGERED SPECIES, numbers are greatly reduced due to extensive habitat loss and clashes with humans.
The AMUR LEOPARD has been categorised as being 'CRITICALLY ENDANGERED'.
Any support that you are able to contribute towards the ongoing work undertaken on behalf of these magnificent animals is greatly appreciated.