As a sanctuary for Birds of Prey, our main concern is the welfare and survival of Birds of Prey in the wild. We hope that through our regular flying demonstrations, we can encourage people to respect and care about these beautiful, and often misunderstood creatures.
The Centre was founded by Eddie, and is still run by him and his wife Veronica today. With just two people running the whole show, it is no wonder that The Centre has never had the opportunity to be part of any big conservation programs, having said that, over the last 40 years we have done our little bit by offering a temporary home to sick birds of prey, and a permanent home to disabled ones.
Sick and injured birds are provided with any treatment that they need, plenty of food and the peace and privacy to recuperate. When they have fully recovered, we put a split ring around one of their legs with our telephone number stamped on it, if they find themselves struggling again and are picked up, we will know about it. Most of the birds are released back into the wild in private, but occasionally we will release a bird in the middle of a demonstration. This is a wonderful way of being able to share one of the most rewarding aspects of our work with you.
Permanently disabled birds are, where possible, paired up with a mate and given the opportunity to breed. We let the parents rear the babies up, and when they are fully grown, they are moved to the next aviary, part of the roof is removed at dusk, and at dawn the following morning, the youngsters will become curious and venture outside. They will see Mum and Dad through the roof of the next aviary. We put food on top of the aviaries, and as far as the youngsters are concerned, Mum and Dad are helping them out! Within a few weeks, the youngsters have usually fledged, never to be seen again, like sick birds that come in through our Rescue Service, these youngsters have rings on their legs. This breed and release scheme is a fabulous way of giving wild disabled birds the opportunity to produce youngsters. Their parents may not be physically capable of surviving on their own in the wild, but they still produce perfectly healthy babies, which have every chance of doing so.