At the Raptor Foundations, our aims have always been, firstly to rescue, rehabilitate and return injured birds of prey back to the wild and secondly to protect and preserve them through education and conservation. By visiting us, you are supporting the very important work that we do and helping birds of prey across the world.
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We are very happy to announce that the Raptor Foundation will be opening our doors once more. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone for their support since we closed, you have all been amazing at helping keep the charity & the birds going.
We ask that you are all patient with us upon reopening, this is a new normal, and it will be as much of a learning curve for us as it will be for you.
We will be holding a ‘Members day’ on Thursday 25th June, for any current members to visit the park as a thank you for their help during the pandemic.
We will open to the general public on Friday 26th June.
Online ticket booking is essential. This can be done through our website at: raptorfoundation.org.uk
Please have your eticket available on your smart phone or print your purchased ticket so that we can validate it upon entrance. When you arrive at the centre you will see an area for you to queue outside in your family group. 1 member of your family is to enter reception, when called, to allow us to validate your ticket. Once validated you may re-join your group and enter through the café doors to the right of reception.
Visitation without booking tickets online will be subject to availability, as we can only allow a restricted number of people on the park at once.
Visitors will only need to wear face masks in the shop and tearoom. In outdoor spaces face masks are not compulsory. Bring them with you if you wish to use our tearoom or browse in our shop. Staff & volunteers will be wearing them.
There will be a 1 way system in operation across the centres grounds. This will be signposted, with staff & volunteers also available to help you if there are any issues. We will also be following social distancing guidelines, which is 2m & we expect all visitors to follow this rule (This will be marked by painted falcons on the pathways). There will also be plenty of stations for you to wash your hands with sanitiser. The end of your visit will lead you back into reception. The shop will be open, but please bear in mind that we can only process card payments at present.
We will be running 2 flying displays throughout the day. 12pm + 2pm. Flying will be held on our outdoor flying arena so will be weather permitting. Due to social distancing, spaces for the flying displays will be limited and once full, we will not be able to allow anyone else to join. If you are unable to join the 12pm display we will do our very best to seat you for the 2pm display.
Please note that our café is now open. You will be able to buy takeaway food and drink. You are welcome to bring your own picnics & packed lunches, but please be prepared to take your rubbish home with you as there will not be bins available for you to use.
Also our reptile house and education room will unfortunately also be closed as they are indoor spaces that cannot be opened safely at present. Due to restrictions there will also be no keeper talks.
We are sorry if any of our opening measures cause disappointment on your visit or disrupt your viewing of the animals, but these are the guidelines/rules which have to be in place to allow us to open. We cannot wait to have you all back and are sincerely looking forward to it.
Please stay safe everyone.
Liz & the Raptor Foundation team