The Hudson Memorial Bird Sanctuary is a carved stone memorial commemorating the 19th century writer and naturalist, William Hudson. He helped to establish the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and campaigned for wild areas in parks, at a time when they were always neat and tidy. The carving, by Sir Jacob Epstein, represents Rima, the child goddess of nature who featured in Hudson's novel Green Mansions, published in 1904. The engravings are by the designer Eric Gill. The memorial was installed in 1924 and was immediately controversial. The Daily Mail wrote: "take this horror out of our park". Today, this area is a refuge for smaller birds, such as robin, tits, blackbird, wren and goldcrest. Hyde Park provides a unique habitat in the heart of London for a diverse variety of species of flora and fauna. Positive changes in management practices have gone a long way to encourage new species into the park. The creation of the meadow area gives a flavour of how Hyde Park once looked and this area has become more diverse year on year since its creation. Have a look during the summer for butterflies feeding off the native wildflowers in the meadow. The trees, shrub beds and herbaceous plantings provide rich habitats for song birds including the robin, dunnocks and tits. Look out for small groups of Long Tailed Tits that hop around from tree to tree looking for insects and nesting materials. However, over feeding of aggressive feral pigeons and squirrels threatens the native song birds as they are not able to compete with these pests. The Serpentine attracts a large number of wildfowl into the park, many of which are winter visitors to the park. Look out for the exotic looking great crested grebes and their spectacular mating rituals. The lake also attracts a large number of insects that provides a perfect feeding ground for bats. The best place to view bats is on Dell bridge around dusk and also close to Serpentine Bridge. Much of the wildlife in the park goes unnoticed by the majority of visitors. This includes a large number of 'minibeasts' such as beetles, bees and ground foraging insects. These insects are a vital component of the park ecosystem and the creation and protection of their habitats is very important for the overall health of the park. Look out for other exotic and unusual visitors to Hyde Park. Recent sightings have included a black swan, a buzzard and egyptian geese.
The owl sanctuary at Festival Park, was established in 1998 for the rehabilitation and care for injured, abandoned uncared for wild owls, hawks and falcons, with the main aim of caring for these animals until they can be released back into the wild. Unfortunately some of the birds cannot be released due to being bred in captivity, non native species or injured in a way that they could not be released, so they stay with us at the sanctuary. The sanctuary is mainly self funded by going out to schools, or fetes as well as public donations. We do school educational visits, where we spend the entire day and give children the opportunity to learn about these magnificent birds, and children will even get the chance to hold an owl. We also attend shows and fetes where we will display a wide variety of owls, hawks and falcons from around the world. The display will be manned by trained volunteers who are willing to explain about the owls and give you the opportunity to hold them as well, and don't forget it' FREE to visit. All birds are cared for by the volunteers of the owl sanctuary including the owner, Malcolm Jones who has over 47 years of experience.
WWT London Wetland Centre brings the countryside to London. Although close to the heart of the capital it is a haven of tranquility for both wildlife and people. The Centre holds the Gold Award for Green Business Tourism, and in 2012 was voted Britain's Favourite Nature Reserve in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre is often referred to as the birthplace of modern conservation. Our founder, Sir Peter Scott, is widely remembered as one of the fathers of modern conservation. Peter Scott was the son of Antarctic explorer Captain Scott who, in his dying letter, urged Peter’s mother to “make the boy interested in natural history”. Peter became an Olympic sailing medallist and a well-known painter and broadcaster. He created the IUCN red list which measures whether species are threatened or endangered. He was the founding chair of WWF – he even drew their famous panda logo. Peter particularly loved the wild open marshes of Britain and the mysterious geese that visited from unknown shores. He started as a wildfowler and learned to protect first the birds, and then their wetland habitats. In 1946 he set up the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust at Slimbridge as a centre for science and conservation. Uniquely at the time, he opened it to the public so that anyone could enjoy getting close to nature. Experience our beautiful & peaceful Urban Wetlands with over 105 acres of nature reserve to explore. One of the most important conservation projects of the 21st century.
Walthamstow Wetlands is a fully operational 211 hectare Thames Water reservoir site which is the main source of water supply for 3.5 million people. Walthamstow Wetlands is also an internationally important nature reserve, providing home and shelter to a wide range of wildlife, from rare waterfowl to majestic birds of prey. In October 2017, Walthamstow Wetlands opened to the wider public for the first time in 150 years. The nature reserve is fully accessible and admission is free of charge. The opening of Walthamstow Wetlands has only been possible due to a partnership between Thames Water, landowner, London Borough of Waltham Forest, grant holder, and London Wildlife Trust, the conservation delivery partner. Of the £10.6m required to renovate and prepare the site, £4.47m was generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, £1.8m from Thames Water and £1.8m from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. We also received £750k from the Greater London Authority to support the 2km cycle path through the site. The locally-listed Engine House, including the Visitor Centre and Café, has been redesigned and redeveloped with the addition of a unique swift tower to attract nesting swifts and roosting bats, whilst the Grade II-listed Coppermill Tower offers a viewing platform to enjoy sweeping views of the capital. The wildlife conservation and industrial value of Walthamstow Wetlands is truly unique in London and the opening of the site now allows more people to access its natural and architectural heritage. From our friendly staff at the Visitor Centre and Cafe to our rangers and volunteers, our team based at Walthamstow Wetlands are here to help throughout your time on the site – and we look forward to your visit.
Paradise Park is a wildlife sanctuary and tourist attraction. The Park is family run and home to Operation Chough since 1987, and the World Parrot Trust registered charity from 1989. We have 14 acres and the ‘recommended route’ signs will lead you to the Victorian walled garden, shady jungle walk, the Fun Farm, past Glanmor House to the picnic lawn and play areas. The latest deveploment is ‘The Tropics’ a new range of aviaries designed for colourful parrot species from the world’s tropical regions. At the heart of the new exhibit is the Tropics Walk Through Aviary featuring Bartlett’s Bleeding-heart Dove, Budgerigar, Edward’s Pheasant, Hooded Parrot, Nicobar Pigeon, Palawan Peacock-Pheasant, Red-crested Touraco, Spero Starling, Victoria Crowned Pigeon (the species will change over time – more info here). We grow exotic plants in the walled garden, nectar-rich annual flowers is sunny areas, snowdrops and ramsons in the shade and a new woodland walk is being developed to increase the range of habitats for visitors and native wildlife. The Park is home to over 1,200 birds plus mammals including Red Pandas, Red Squirrels, Asian Otters, Harvest Mice plus the Fun Farm animals. See some of the species information here. We specialise in endangered parrots and many other rare species, with on-site fundraising for many conservation projects, local and worldwide. You’ll meet stunningly colourful birds including from the parrot family, Humboldt’s Penguins, Caribbean Flamingos, Cornwall’s Red-billed Choughs, Golden and Bald Eagles, Kookaburras, hornbills, cranes and so many more. In the summer join in Carrot Time on the Fun Farm with mini donkeys, pygmy goats and sheep, and cute rabbits and guinea pigs. The amazing summer ‘Eagles of Paradise’ display at noon gives you the opportunity to see birds like Archie the Bald Eagle and Tangee the Palm-nut Vulture close-up as they fly over and around you during these very informative and interesting flying displays. Meet the keepers and birds at the end of the show to ask questions and for great photo opportunities.
Birdland Park and Gardens was first established in 1957 in the Cotswold village of Bourton-on-the-Water and was one of the first Bird encounters to open in the UK. The 9 acre site is positioned on a former Bryant and May Poplar Tree plantation famous for its matchstick crop! There are still over 150 trees which create a high canopy for the River Windrush. The beautiful setting is inhabited by over 500 birds. Flamingos, pelicans, penguins, cranes, storks, cassowary, and waterfowl can be seen on various aspects of the natural water habitat. There are also over 50 aviaries featuring parrots, falcons, pheasants, hornbills, touracos, pigeons, ibis and many more. The Desert House is home to the more delicate species, whilst the indoor Discovery Zone features egg laying creatures including fish, amphibians and reptiles. Marshmouth Nature Reserve opened in 2011and has developed into a small ecosystem of the Cotswolds where over 60 species of bird have been recorded, including the kingfisher. Water voles and otters are present as well as grass snakes and hundreds of species of insects and plants. Birdland is very conscious of its role in both education and conservation. Many of the resident species are now part of active breeding programmes controlled by studbooks in co-operation with European and International organisations. We also support conservation by raising funds and increasing public awareness through education. We have supported the research of hornbills in Asia, penguins in Africa, the Atlantic Rainforest Campaign and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Birdland is owned and operated by Livingstone Leisure Ltd.
Turbary Woods Rescue and rehabilitation center offers a unique collection of over 90 birds of prey including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, vultures and more unusual species. All the birds are housed in large open fronted aviaries, sheltered in a woodland setting. You can experience first hand the breathtaking flight of a falcon. Hawks, owls, and other varieties are flown here at the sanctuary. You can also gain hands on experience and knowledge about these fasinating birds. Turbary Woods, Owl and Bird of Prey Sanctuary is based in Whitestake, Lostock Hall, near Preston Lancashire in the North West. Turbary woods is a pure volunteer based, non profit making Sanctuary. All money raised from Outside displays and shows keeps the Sanctuary OPEN. Every penny we earn is spent on the upkeep and the running cost's, Vet bill's and feeding the birds.
The York Bird of Prey Centre was established in 2011 and is based within the walled garden at Burn Hall Hotel, on Tollerton Road in Huby. Construction on the current Centre started in late 2012 and was completed in 2013, opening to the public on Saturday 15th June. The Centre is home to over 100 birds, comprising of 45 different species and there are two flying displays every day. In addition there are opportunities to meet and handle the birds throughout the day. The Centre also offers a gift shop as well as a café selling hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, confectionery. The Centre continues to pride itself on the level of audience participation in the displays - so be prepared to get involved! The majority of our birds are hand-reared, safe to handle and you will be fully supervised at all times. We offer a wide range of Hawk Walks, Owl Experiences, and Falconry Courses, available all year round and these can be be purchased as a gift voucher for that special occasion. We also cater for outside events such as Galas, Fétes, Corporate Events and Educational Visits to schools. Private flying displays either at Burn Hall or the location of your choice - indoors or out, are also available. You will hopefully find all the information you need on this site - but please feel free to contact us with any questions we will be very pleased to help. The Centre holds an up-to-date Zoo License and is registered as required under the performing animals act.
Our mission at the Hawk Conservancy Trust is the conservation of birds of prey. As a registered charity, we couldn’t do our work without you and we aim to make your day at the Trust as memorable and as enjoyable as possible. Whether it’s the thrill of holding one of our rare birds of prey, watching world-class flying displays in one of our three display arenas, or simply meandering through our 22 acre grounds of woodland and wildflower meadow, we want to share with you our love of birds of prey and encourage you to join in our mission to conserve them. We care for more than 130 birds of prey from owls to eagles and during your visit, we’ll tell you more about each species and our efforts to protect them. Our purpose-built National Bird of Prey Hospital™ is where sick, injured or orphaned raptors are cared for and where you can take a sneaky peek at some of our ongoing rehabilitation work. Our on-site British Conservation Discovery Centre is home to our Raptor Nest Box Project (RNBP), run by our Conservation Biologist Dr Matt Stevens, for Barn Owls, Tawny Owls, Little Owls and Kestrels. As well as exploring the ecology of nest box use, this project aims to assess how the use of nest boxes impacts the populations of these species. Led by our Head of Conservation and Research, Dr Campbell Murn, our International Vulture Programme (IVP) is a multi-partner initiative that focuses on the research and conservation of vultures. We’re a core member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Vulture Specialist Group (VSG); a growing global partnership of more than 60 specialists working together towards vulture conservation. As a member of the conservation consortium Save Asia’s Vultures from Extinction (SAVE), we’re able to work towards the prevention of the poisoning of vultures and help create Vulture Safe Zones in south Asia. There are special activities and events at the Trust throughout the year which include Owls by Moonlight evenings, Experience Days for all the family and Photographic Days which enable you to get closer to our birds in a more intimate setting. Feathers Restaurant is a spacious and contemporary space. It is fully licensed for alcohol and offers a range of catering options from snacks to meals, and has free Wi-Fi for visitors. The Trust Shop sells a range of gifts, souvenirs and branded merchandise. We can also provide a unique fully licensed and catered venue for civil weddings, parties, corporate events, meetings and private functions. For more than 50 years, the Hawk Conservancy Trust has worked in the fields of conservation, education, research and rehabilitation and your visit goes towards helping that work. You can also help be a part of some of our most important projects by becoming a supporter of one of our programmes or by joining one of our membership schemes where you’ll receive various benefits throughout the year.
ICBP opened to the public on May 25th 1967 as The Falconry Centre, run by Philip Glasier and family. It was thought to be the only dedicated bird of prey centre in the UK at the time and is now one of the oldest in the world. Under the direction of Jemima Parry-Jones, Philip’s daughter, the centre has become the ICBP we know today, focused on the care and conservation of birds of prey. We became a charity in 2015 to secure the future of our work and mission. Our centre is open to the public to enjoy and learn about our birds and the threats they face. Please ask any of our staff about the work we do! Over our history, we’ve been involved with a variety of conservation and research projects. Our staff work hard to gather vital information relating to conservation breeding techniques and processes, and share this with the wider conservation community. In recent years, our focus has shifted to conserving vultures, particularly in Asia. The birds you see when you visit the centre have played an important role in helping us develop and teach new ways of ensuring vultures survive in the wild. We have partnered on several projects over the years and provide ongoing expertise and support to organisations such as SAVE. Our staff also provide training in elements of conservation breeding, such as artificial incubation, and on site courses for the zoo community. We wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without you. Our supporters have helped us to participate in projects all around the world – including moving some of our bids to Bulgaria to join Green Balkans European conservation projects. At home, we work to rescue and rehabilitate injured wild birds of prey in our on site hospital. We see an average of 100 birds a year and, together with our specialist avian vet, rehab and release as many of these birds as possible.
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