50 years and counting…
The International Centre for Birds of Prey are delighted to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal on 20th July, 2017 to share in celebrating 50 years of conservation, education and research.
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal will be greeted by Jemima Parry-Jones (MBE), and David Morton, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and treated to a guided tour around the stunning grounds.
She will then be invited to watch a flying display, and be updated on the important conservation and rehabilitation work done here at the centre.
The centre opened its gates to the public in 1967 run by Philip Glasier, a very well-known falconer of his time. It was a family run business known initially as ‘The Falconry Centre’. It was the only dedicated birds of prey centre in the UK at that time, and one of only two worldwide.
In today’s money, it was just 12 and a half pence to come in, and 7p for children! It quickly grew in popularity as a unique attraction.
Philip’s daughter, Jemima Parry-Jones (MBE) took over the running of the centre, and the emphasis has switched to conservation and education.
Awarded an MBE in 1999 for her services to Bird Conservation, Mrs Parry-Jones has written seven books, co-authored various scientific papers and assisted in the research for many more.
Having dedicated her life to the welfare of birds of prey the world over, Jemima and her staff lead the world in the number of raptor species bred in captivity. The centre educates thousands of people every year and is committed to rehabilitation both here in the UK and abroad.
Jemima and her team share their vast knowledge and experience with conservation projects worldwide. The majority of the off-site conservation work is now with vultures, which have been recently listed as one of the most endangered groups of birds in the world.
Jemima Parry-Jones (MBE), Director, says:
“As a small centre, with only a handful of staff, we punch way above our weight here at the International Centre for Birds of Prey!
We are always eager to share our expertise and experience to further the conservation and welfare of birds of prey.
Vultures are our current priority, and are currently listed as one of the most critically endangered bird groups in the world. We are working tirelessly to raise awareness, facilitate effective rehabilitation and breeding programmes and make a positive difference to these very important birds.
It is thanks to all our supporters, visitors, members and volunteers that we are able to carry out this vital work.
We offer a big thank you to Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal for once again supporting our centre and the work we do in this very special year.
Here’s to the next 50 years!”
*** Please note the Royal visit is a closed event, open by invitation only ***
Set in 12 acres of extensive and mature gardens, there are beautiful picnic spots, a play area, a wonderful café, and a well-stocked gift shop – and a large free car park too!
There are over 200 birds on site from the smallest burrowing owls and pygmy falcons to the largest eagles and condors. There are three spectacular flying demonstrations every day, all with different birds and informative commentary, and offer fantastic photography opportunities.
Visitors and supporters are urged to get involved, and in addition to a wonderful day out, the centre is proud to welcome many volunteers, offer special Experience Days and magical Owl Evenings with the opportunity to handle and fly all sorts of birds of prey and owls. Visitors can also become members, or sponsor their own birds.
Rated top in ‘Things to do’ in Gloucestershire by TripAdvisor, the centre opens every single day from 10.30am (Feb 1st to Nov 30th) – and will be proud to do so for another 50 years or more!
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