The Cornish Birds of Prey Centre is set in 40 acres of beautiful Cornish countryside! We have a wide range of habitats in this area that attract a large variation of animal species.
Down at the flying lawn we have a large meadow of which a portion is left to grow wild. Here there are a large number of wildflowers which attract a wide range of insect species including some very beautiful butterflies.
Our paddocks may just look like areas of grass however this attracts all sorts of wildlife, especially birds. In the winter flocks of Starlings can be seen in the evening and early morning. Local raptors especially Sparrowhawks take advantage of this and can be seen ‘ambushing’ over the hedgerows.
We also have a nature trail which is a small path that passes through a stretch of woodland at the bottom of our paddocks. Along here we have placed plenty of bird feeders, they attract a wide range of species including Finches, Tits, and in the winter, Firecrest.
We are also lucky enough to have four freshwater lakes that sit adjacent to each other at the bottom of the valley. Two are left as a private nature reserve, however two are open to guests visiting the centre. One of these lakes is home to our geese and the second is left natural. Around this lake you could be lucky and spot many different species of water birds – we regularly see Mallards, Canadian Geese, Herons, Teal and Kingfishers! We have been lucky enough to see Bittern and a Demoiselle Crane!
As you walk around the lake there is the option to take you deep into deciduous woodland! This area is home to many woodland critters, including Hedgehogs, Wood Mice, Pheasant, Snipe, Squirrals, Sparrowhawks and Woodpeckers. We have also seen signs of Roe Deer around here (tracks and droppings) so look out!
It’s not only the rural areas of the centre that attract wildlife, the buildings on site also attract a wide range of species, from House Sparrows, Yellow and Grey Wagtails, and Corvids. We also have a very large 2000 square foot barn, which is used for our flying displays in poor weather. This winter we have many species using this for shelter from the weather, including a pair of Kestrels!