MISSION STATEMENT

The National Birds of Prey Centre seeks to deliver conservation of birds of prey through captive breeding, rescue and rehabilitation, and research.

WHAT IS THE NATIONAL BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE?

The Centre is home to some 170 birds of prey, which includes 25 species of owls and 22 species of eagles, hawks, and falcons; and is one of the premiere birds of prey centres in the uk. The Centre also has an active captive breeding programme of many of its residents and also contributes to conservation, rescue, and rehabilitation of the many species brought into the Centre each year.

What We Do

Captive Breeding

Many of the birds we fly at the Centre are home bred, although some have been donated as part of an exchange programme with other zoos. During the breeding season, we do our best to encourage the birds to breed, including providing nesting material and in some cases making the nest.

During the breeding process, we learn about the natural behaviour of the birds and can understand their development which can at times be valuable as part of a research project either on-site or in the wild in conjunction with another centre or with scientists. One of our current aims is a breed and release programme with the White Tailed Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus Albicilla).

Education

The Centre aims to educate every visitor to the Centre from the moment they arrive until they leave by having ample information on the aviaries and next to or near the birds on the lawns. This is continued through the daily flying demonstrations which we try to make entertaining and informative.

During 2018 the education room will be improved, this already contains some useful educational material. The 2017 guidebook also contains useful information on the Centre and its birds.

A number of courses are run at the Centre which is specifically designed for the serious-minded and potential bird owner. These are the Five Day Falconry Course, and the Police Wildlife Liason Course. We also run experience (taster) days with either falcons, hawking, or owls as the theme.

The Centre also visits many schools with owls from primary to secondary level, however, a visit to the Centre is always more beneficial.

We also take work experience students throughout the year from schools and colleges and foreign schools such as Van Hal Institute in Holland.

Research

Although the Centre itself is only just becoming involved with research, we do make the collection available for research such as DNA studies and biology but we are careful that any research project does not have an adverse impact on our birds.

Rescue Rehab

The Centre takes in many injured, sick, rescued and confiscated birds each year (162 in 2017). Dependent on the weather or abundancy of food this can vary. The birds can come from all over the UK, very often as a result of an RSPCA recommendation. Where possible they are treated by the Centre, many are just weak or very young and once recovered and strong, they are released back into the wild. Some require a visit by the Centre’s vet who will decide if it can be released or if not it will remain and be cared for by us for the rest of its life.

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