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Have you ever wanter to learn more about the art of Falconry and about Birds of Prey? volunteers of all ages are always welcome

About us

Come and meet 'Florence'

Burrowing owl

'Florence' is a tiny Burrowing Owl who, along with 'Ruru' the Morpork and 'Kofi' the White-faced Scops Owl, is just one of the residents at our new Owlery. The Owlery is open by appointment all year round between 10am and 4pm and you'll find more details about our owls and how you can visit them on our 'Owl Encounters' page.

The Owlery's 'hacking pen' (indoor free-flying area) is also finally complete and in use and our programme of creating yet more aviaries and improving the building which houses them continues apace. All donations to help offset construction, maintenance and welfare costs, no matter whether the amount you can give is large or small, will always be greatly appreciated by the members of our ever-growing 'foster family'.

Don't forget that we are an independent charity (no 1152982) so you can help us even more by 'Gift Aiding' your donation.

You can make a donation donate here or via the links which appear elsewhere on this site

Volunteers always wanted

Could you spare a few hours a week to help a great cause and to learn about faconry and falconry techniques? Could you help care for our owls, greet visitors and show them around 'The Owlery'? Volunteers should (ideally) be over 16 years of age but we may be able to offer opportunities to younger people. Our contact details are at the foot of this page – we look forward to hearing from you.

We're now at Newton St Loe

Newton St Loe
Following the shock news earlier this year that we would have to quit our former home at Midford we'd like to express our gratitude to the Duchy of Cornwall for offering us The Grain Store at Newton St Loe, just 3½ miles west of Bath. We'd also like to acknowledge the valuable support and encouragement we've received from the Duchy Estate team, our neighbours, Newton Farm Shop, and from local residents.

Thank you

We'd like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone, from around the the world (quite literally from Australia to the USA and all points in between) who made a donation to our 'moving' appeal. We'd also like to say how much we appreciate the donations we continue to receive which will help offset the cost of developing 'The Owlery' and will support our ongoing charitable rescue and welfare work.

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 to contact us

Please contact us by phone or email (please note that we don't have the resources to constantly monitor social media so enquiries or message via Facebook may get overlooked).

07766 767153 (01225 971708)

or e-mail: westofenglandfalconry@sky.com

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. Our aviaries are only accessible by invitation and to pre-booked Hawk Walk participants.

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!