The centre was first opened to the public on May 25th 1967 as a family business by Philip Glasier, a very well-known falconer of his time.

He wanted to be able to expand his knowledge and share it with others and at the same time earn a living from it.

At today’s money, the entry fee was 12.5p for adults to come in and about 7p for children!  At that time the centre was a unique facility that people had never seen before and the numbers slowly built up, in its heyday, to about 40 – 50 thousand visitors.

It was the only dedicated bird of prey centre in the UK at the time, and just one of two in the world at that time, the other being in Germany.

Over time and under the direction of Jemima Parry-Jones the daughter of Philip Glasier the emphasis changed and the conservation of all birds of prey became its primary concern.

It is now the oldest dedicated bird of prey centre in the world; it has the largest and most successful breeding collection of Falconiformes and Strigiformes (diurnal or day flying birds of prey and owls) and is most respected in the ornithological and scientific world of raptors.  Its long-term conservation work is second to no other raptor centre worldwide.

Never forgetting its falconry beginnings it is good to know that Falconry is now recognised by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

 

 

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