Hawk Walks & Owl Encounters are a vital part of our fund-raising activities and help sustain our Rescue & Rehabilition work
2019 Open Days
May 6th (coincides with Newton St Loe village/country fair)
August 26th (coincides with Newton Farm Open Day)
Silver award winners in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards!
February 2019: We’d just like to say a big, big thank you for (and how excited we are to be winners of) our Silver Award for ‘Learning Experience of The Year’ in the 2018-19 South West Tourism Excellence Awards – especially as, in a category featuring so many amazing businesses and organisations from across the whole of the South West; we came second only to TV personality and chef Rick Stein's Cookery School in Padstow, Cornwall! The awards presentation evening was held at Aerospace Bristol on the 7th February under one of the last examples of the Concorde supersonic passenger aircraft where we were lucky enough to be presented with our award by Captain Les Brodie, who piloted the last ever Concorde flight to Filton in 2003.
Winners of a Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism ‘Gold’ Award!
November 2018: Just 12 months after our unexpected and challenging relocation we’re the proud recipients of a Bristol, Bath and Somerset Tourism ‘Gold’ award for 2018. Joining representatives from 84 other organisations who reached the finals at a gala dinner at Bath’s Apex Hotel on Thursday 15th November, we were delighted to learn that we'd been awarded 'gold' in the Bob Smart Learning Experience of the Year category. So, a big thank you to our volunteers, donors and, of course, to all our 2018 Open Day visitors for the support they’ve given us over the past 12 months and we look forward to being able to offer even greater public access to our centre in the new year.
West of England Falconry (WOEF) was established in 2010 inspired by head falconer and director Jay Marshall’s lifelong interest in ornithology. WOEF is a registered charity dedicated to the well-being of owls and birds of prey and to promoting an understanding of the historic art of falconry.
“I’ve been fascinated by birds, especially birds of prey all my life” says Jay, “...it was a falconry experience similar to the ones we now offer the public which prompted me to learn more and develop a private collection and aviaries of my own. It was only after several years of working with experienced falconers that I was able to gather a small group of trustees together to form West of England Falconry which has subsequently been granted charitable status”.
WOEF’s work aims to benefit both wild and captive birds of prey through selective breeding, training and (very importantly) rescue and rehabilitation. Education, information and promoting and sustaining the art of falconry are also a high priority.
West of England Falconry Ltd. is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Its company number is 07495749, its charity number is 1152982. The company's correspondence address is: The Grain Store, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BT.
How we operate
Our Centre is open to the public six days a year – Open Day dates are publicised here and on our Facebook page.
Hawk Walk and Owl Encounter experiences must be pre-booked and scheduled in advance – please contact us for availability. Hawk Walks are subject to prevailing weather conditions.
How to contact us
Please contact us by phone or email
(We don't have the resources to constantly monitor social media so enquiries or messages via Facebook may get overlooked).
Tel: 07473 757554 or 07766 767153 (9am – 5pm)
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find us
We are now based at Newton St Loe, just 3½ miles west of Bath.
The Grain Store is adjacent to Newton Farm Foods' farm shop and café but please use the entrance/exit route indicated by our signs and only park in the area we provide for our vistors.
Please note that for security purposes our aviaries are monitored by 24-hour CCTV
We are a charity, please support us with a ‘Gift Aided’ donation
Please support our work by booking one of our Hawk Walks or making a donation. By making a a Gift Aided donation HMRC give us an extra 25%. If you donate £10, we get £12.50 and donations can be claimed against tax – so everyone wins!