Region: East of England

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: The Heath, St Ives Road, Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire PE28 3BT

Contact: 01487 741140



The Raptor Foundation is a Bird of Prey Sanctuary and Hospital and a unique and exciting place to meet and learn more about owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. We offer educational opportunities to schools, nurseries, beavers, rainbows, WI and many more groups that have an interested in Birds of Prey. 

With over 200 birds covering a wide range of Raptors, this would also include all the native British species of owl. As well as seeing the birds within aviaries you can see them flying free in one of our daily flying displays and appreciate how different species of birds find and pursue their prey. In inclement weather we fly the birds in an indoor arena which is also available for school use.

We can cater for school visits of up to 90 children at the center or we can come to your school and give children the most amazing experiences as they come close to some magnificent birds and appreciate how these birds are adapted to their environment. Your visit would be made relevant to the age of the children from Foundation Stage right through to A and AS level studies.

Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

It’s a great place to visit as you can get up close to the birds, handle them at the flying displays and take photos. As we have such a variety of birds we can tailor our talks not only to the age of the group but also show them birds that they would not necessary see.

In the Science curriculum is Life and Living Processes, where we would look at breeding patterns or diet and food chains, but we could also include areas such as Forces, Sound and Light.

In Literacy the bird can be a major inspiration for creative writing, report, explanation and instructional writing.

The birds could be a focus for an Art, Geography or History project.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Educational visits are tailored to the needs of individual groups.

For Nursery Groups our presentation is geared around the individual birds from, eye colour, feathers, feet, beaks and compare them to other birds brought on the day.  Children would then be able to hold, stroke and even fly the birds.

For Reception children onwards our presentation would be geared to their specific topic, Night & Day, Flight, and Conservation.  We combine as many elements to the curriculum, habitat, skills, adaptations, hunting, digesting including food chains and why each bird is so different. The human impact and vulnerability
of Birds of Prey.

If visiting the center or school we would be able to carry out the following, guided tour, observational drawing, and pellet dissecting and flying display.  At the school we would be limited on what birds we can fly inside, but would include owls and a hawk. At the center we would be able to fly a full spectrum of birds including the fastest being the Falcon. Children would be able to get to stroke or handle the birds.

At the center we have a new attraction our Woodland Walk, here we take groups down to identify the different trees and plants and why they are important to us, birds and the honey bees busy at work.

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This venue has the following accreditation:

This venue is accredited by VAQAS (Visitor Attreaction Quality Scheme)

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What size groups do they cater for?

At the center we can cater for up to 100 children, groups of this size are normally split in to smaller groups of around 30. Each group can do a different activity and then rotate around all areas. At school we can cater for individual class or a number of classes.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

We provide teachers pack that contains information about all native species, word, search, crosswords and other quizzes, as well as details of making and sighting bird boxes.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

There are no restrictions on photos being taken so long as they are only for personnel use and not commercial gain.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk assessments are available upon request, but Teachers or Group leaders are more than welcome to visit the center free of charge to carry out their own risk assessment. We can send a risk assessment to the School.


What are the contact details for their education officer?

Mrs Liz Blows  on 01487 741140


What does it cost?

The cost of the visit is usually £3.00 per head with 1 adult going free with every 5 children.


Is specific clothing required?

Depending on the weather suitable clothing and foot wear. The site is fully block paved.

Do you have first aid on site?

All Staff are fully first aid trained.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

On site there is Mad about Owls Gift shop that sells goods from 40p to £30.00, ideal pocket money for children. There is a picnic area or in inclement weather there is an indoor arena that can be used. Silent Wings tearoom overs hot and cold snacks and drinks.


Are there disabled facilities?

The center is fully accessible for those with walking difficulties or in a wheelchair. There is a large disabled toilet.

What are your opening days and hours?

Our opening hours are from 10-5pm summer or 10-4pm winter 7 days a week.

Do you have any testimonials from previous customers who have visited you on an educational visit?

Littleport Community Primary School
60 children 5-7 year old

All children thoroughly enjoyed the hugley informative visit.  Thye staff member from the Raptor Foundation was extremely knowledgeable and answered all then questions the children had.  She was lively and entertaining- just what the children needed to kick start our topic of work.
Topics covered Habitate & Conversation, Life & Living Processes, Flight Night & Day

Shelton Lower School
25 children 3-5 years old 28 children 5-7 years  16 children 7-11 years
Topics covered Habbitat & Conservation, Flight Night & Day
Children really enjoyed the visit, especially the 'hands on ' aspect. Talk clear and age appropriate.  Our second visit from the Raptor Foundaton and would be pleased to have a return in the future.
St. Nicholas J.M.I Stevenage
100 children 4-7   100 children 8-7
Topics covered
Habitate & Conservation, Creative Drawing, Life & Living Processess, Flight Night & Day
An excellent day for pupils/staff leading to a full art display/other follow up work.  Vicky was excellent, giving masses of information and very helpful.  She worked really well with all age groups.


Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

Why not combine your visit to the Centre with a visit to Animal Experience, where the children can get up close to snakes, meerkats, spiders and lots more.  An additional price would be charged for this.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College

Type of Visit: Animal Welfare Bird of Prey Centre Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Geography Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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