Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre
Hands-on fun for the whole family
The walled garden houses a magnificent collection of birds of prey and exotic species, giving visitors the chance to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Many of the birds are showcased in the daily flying displays and can be seen close-up in the exciting experience days – learn how to be a falconer, or fly hawks or owls in the Arboretum.
Situated alongside the Bird of Prey Centre, the Mammal Centre offers you the chance to wander through Wallaby Wood to feed, stroke and pet the wallabies who often have joeys and don’t miss the meerkats on Meerkat Island. The pygmy goats and rare breed sheep, including this years lambs, are always a favourite too.
Also, a mixed bird aviary which houses finches, canaries, budgies and parakeets, adding spectacular colour and song to the centre.
What can I see?
Birds of Prey
The magnificent collection of birds on display includes species from every continent in the world. Learn more about incredible raptors such as hawks, eagles, falcons and owls, and marvel at exotics including Cara Cara, Kookaburra, and Tawny Frogmouths.
The successful captive breeding programme produces delightful fluffy chicks which can be seen from April onwards. There are many owl species in the programme, including native Little and Snowy Owls to the very much more exotic Spectacled Owl. Some of these can be seen flying in the demonstrations alongside new falcons bred at the centre from August onwards.
Collect a portion of specialised food from the gift shop, and enjoy getting hands-on with the animals in the ever-expanding Mammal Centre. The Meerkats on Meerkat Island are guaranteed to raise a smile with their cheeky antics. Keep an eye out for super-cute babies in the Spring and Summer!
‘Hop’ into Wallaby Wood and meet the friendly Wallabies in this interactive walk-through paddock. Joey’s can often be spotted peeping from their mothers’ pouches! The Pygmy Goats and rare breed sheep are always a favourite too.
Educational packages are available for school visits, including a talk on conservation, reflecting the information available within our conservation and education centre. It is more important than ever, where our native and world population of raptors are still under pressure from deforestation and changing agricultural methods, conservation through education is an essential factor in the future of these awe inspiring birds.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre. Join one of the daily flying displays, where the highly-trained falconers demonstrate the incredible capabilities of a range of birds.
A range of experience days include an Owl Experience and Hawk Walk to be a falconer for the day. More info can be found here.
The gift shop is fully stocked with a range of toys, games, books and gifts for all – call in for a look around.
The Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre is approximately a 10 minute walk from the Arboretum entrance and Tearoom.
Dogs are not allowed into the Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre, there is an area outside where you can secure them.
Baby changing facilities are provided, as well as a disabled toilet.
Flying displays are weather dependant. In the event that weather conditions prevent the birds from flying, there will be the opportunity to meet some of the centre’s favourite characters for a hands-on experience.
Independently Owned and Managed by Tom Graham, the Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre is located in the Walled Garden at the north end of the Arboretum.