World Owl Trust – Muncaster Castle
Location : Ravenglass
Grid Ref : SD 103964
Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, CA18 1RQ. Tel 01229 717393.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Muncaster Castle is home to the World Owl Trust, which strives to conserve owls world-wide. The Owl Centre has been here for 25 years now, and is first and foremost a ‘Noah’s Arc for Owls’. Here UK Conservation-Breeding Programmes are co-ordinated, owl research is carried out, and students of owl behaviour and conservation both in the wild and captivity can come and see how it is done.
The Owl Centre has one of the finest collections of owls in the world, some 48 species/subspecies, ranging from the largest (European Eagle Owl) to the smallest (Pigmy and Scoop Owls). There are the beautiful (Barn and Ural Owls) and the bizarre (Spectacled and Milky Eagle Owls), and there are the majestic (Great Grey Owl). There are the unusual (Brown Fish Owls) and the rare (Burrowing and Ethiopian Eagle Owl). Visitors can view at close range some of the rarest owls on earth, and thanks to video cameras installed in selected nest boxes observe the private lives of these mystical creatures.
There is an opportunity to ‘Meet the Birds’ daily at 2.30pm (end March to end October). This is an informative talk and display when, weather permitting, the birds fly.
Creeping Kate’s Kitchen serves light refreshments and full meals, and the Owl Shop and Gift Shop offer that special memento of your visit.
Open daily 11am – 5pm. Admission charge.
Muncaster has its very own heronry below the bank by the cannon. Every afternoon, from about 4.00pm the wild herons come and get fed on the Cannon Bank in front of an audience.