Posted by Devenia Besant on 10 Jul 2021

A purpose-built Raptor Centre home to many Birds of Prey opened at Hobbledown Adventure Park on July 3rd.  We had a lovely time when we visited – the new centre features a selection of owls (including the babies), hawks, eagles and falcons.  During the opening presentation we were told that the new centre will also host a breeding pair of Lugger Falcons – which are currently endangered in the wild due to demand from poaching.

As part of a recent £1.2m investment into the park, the centre will be home to 18 birds at full capacity, this includes the Gymnogene (African Harrier-Hawk), just one of a handful Bird of Preys that blush red in the face during their mating display and a Ural Owl which pairs for life and sings duets with its mate.  With the new building, guests will be able to see the birds every day, untethered within their own specific aviary.

Hobbledown has said the new centre will be ideal for school trips and will soon house an education room to support core elements of the Key Stages 1 and 2 curriculum with a live webcam from the Lugger aviary.  The Raptor Centre was founded by Eddie Hare in 1977.   Sadly Eddie died shortly before the centre was complete but his wife Ronnie, who has been flying birds for nearly 20 years, is delighted with the birds’ new home.

She said: “It’s a wonderful addition to the Park and a striking demonstration of our commitment to the welfare of these incredible creatures.”

Guests can view the birds in their new aviaries daily and flying demonstrations are held by Ronnie every day except Wednesday during the summer months.

For details and times of bird handling experiences and flying demonstrations visit

On a personal note having not visited Hobbledown for quite some time due to the pandemic.  We had a wonderful day there, so many new features have been added and upgrades made since our last visit, my 9 year old son and his best friend had an amazing time.  I think we beat our record of the longest time we’ve spent there having arrived at 11am and leaving at 6pm, we will definitely be returning again soon.

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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