World Owl Trust

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Birdworld at Farnham, Surrey

Located just off the A31 near Farnham in Surrey, Birdworld is a fun family day out! The 26 acre park is home to hundreds of unusual birds, and we also have a fabulous farm, (that is also home to a pair of reindeer!) an aquarium and the wonderful Forest Lodge Garden Centre so there really is a packed day out to be had for all ages! They have a busy schedule of daily events. Brightly coloured birds, fabulous keeper talks and feeds and two amazing daily shows, the Outdoor Flying Display and the Discovery Theatre Show.

West Midlands - Rodbaston Animal Zone

Within easy reach of the M6 at junction 12 the Animal Zone, at South Staffordshire College’s Rodbaston Campus, is home to around 750 animals from meerkats to monkeys, rabbits to alpacas!

Open Weekends, 10am to 4pm and every day during Term Breaks.

The Zone has a host of exciting activities  – these can include Animal Encounters, Meet the Keeper Sessions, Feeding, Craft Sessions and many more!

The Animal Zone also has an outdoor picnic and play area, indoor tea room selling a range of sandwiches, cakes and confectionery and a shop for pocket money treats. The above activities take place at various intervals throughout the day. Please note some activities will be dependent upon weather conditions.

Shorelands Wildlife Gardens, Diss, Norfolk

Shorelands Wildlife Garden is located off the A140 near Diss, Shorelands is a small traditional 'Wildlife Gardens', with free-ranging waterfowl and an interesting collection of rarer species, exhibited spacious themed aviaries. 

You can see seldom seen species including waders, herons, storks, cranes, parrots and hornbills.

The site is situated in attractive gardens, with large collection of hardy perennials and a variety of trees.

The Scottish Owl Centre

Within easy raech of the M8 at Polkemmet Country Park, the S.O.C. specialises in owls rather than raptors, because they want to portray their unique charisma and charm, which is often eclipsed beside the more dramatic hawks and falcons. They are also excellent environmental educators.

Their motto, ‘Education, Inspiration, Conservation’, reflects the hope that by bringing people face-to-face with owls in all their beauty and by increasing public knowledge of the environmental issues which affect their survival. As well as educating the public and breeding owls to increase the population of vulnerable species, they are also involved in 3 specific areas of owl conservation Kintyre Barn Owls, Philippine Eagle Owl breeding programme and an Ashy-faced Owl breeding programme

Northern Ireland - World of Owls

Based in Northern Ireland WOO has 28 birds from WOT's collection on display. The collection includes our Red KIte and Dusk from the Flying team.

The “World of Owls” at Randalstown Forest has a range of facilities that enables it to be a visitor destination for a full or half day visit. There is an indoor and outdoor display area, shop, small café, outdoor displays, walks, play area and services.

“World of Owls” facilitate different schemes in many different categories in which individuals can learn skills to help aid them gain long-term employment. We work with Jobs & Benefits, schools, colleges, universities, disability groups in providing work experience placements and training.

World of Owls is the only provider in Ireland of the vocational Lantra Award for “Falconry”.

The reasons for having Owls in Captivity are to provide a "Noahs Ark" for Owl Species around the World, Research behaviors to help with conservation programs and most importantly to Educate the public about the plight of Owls in the UK and further afield. With Good Education comes good Conservation.

As we develop our World Owl Centre at Himley Hall our Owl collection is being housed at various locations around the country through the kind offer of space from collections. The locations are listed below and as the World Owl Center develops we hope to continue working in partnership with these UK wide collections in breeding and conservation projects around the world. We will keep everyone updated on the website and social media about these schemes and how successful they are as things progress. Watch this space and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Trust is a registered charity and relies heavily on the generous donations it receives from our members, supporters and visitors to the Centre. We also run a popular owl adoption scheme.

Visiting the Collection