The Rare Breeds Centre houses and displays a range of different species of Birds of Prey for you to see and enjoy. These are split in to two groups; the Falconry Flying Team and the Breeding Owls.
The Falconry Flying Team
This is a group of trained Owls, Hawks and Falcons, which you can see during your visit; in either a static, or flying display. They are all trained to fly free and are constantly flown to keep them physically fit and healthy.
The Falconry Flying team is exercised daily*, in our Birds of Prey Flying Display. During the show, we fly a number different species in and around the flying arena to demonstrate their different flying styles and hunting strategies, and to help educate our visitors about these beautiful birds. Want to find out more about our birds, and handle them yourself? You can find out more about our Bird of Prey Experiences here.
*Our daily Bird of Prey Show starts at 2.30pm and lasts for half an hour in the Flying Arena on the Main Paddock, dependent on favourable weather conditions.
Watch our amazing birds in action
Our trained Birds of Prey are usually tethered out on the Weathering Lawn, to get some sunshine and fresh air during the day. They can also be viewed up close in the indoor Falconry Mews, where they are housed overnight.
We are currently keeping two species of Owl from which we plan to breed in the future. These will be housed in large breeding pens on the main paddock.
Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)
A medium-sized owl from Eastern Europe which lives in deciduous woodland and hunts small rodents and birds. It prefers to find its home in the stumps of hollow trees.
Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus)
A large owl made famous as Harry Potter's owl, 'Hedwig'. This species is indigenous to the Arctic tundra and uses its white plumage to camouflage itself in its snowy environment as it hunts lemmings and ptarmigan.