Contact Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Shropshire

Contact Us

info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
01588 676060

To help reduce spam, please enter HAKEM into the box below:

close »

Open Daily 10am - 5pm

01588 676060     info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Red Kites at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Having recognised its fantastic potential for educational opportunities and appreciation of wildlife, Grow Cook Learn has fully embraced the project to establish a Red Kite Experience in the Onny Meadows. Plans were begun last year under Shropshire Council to erect a hide in the lower Onny Meadows and fence an area to which we aim to attract a few Red Kites to feed. This would be a pilot venture over one winter. These magnificent birds of prey have started to return to south Shropshire after having reached the brink of extinction during the last century.

The project has proved to be extremely popular with local people, many of whom have kindly come forward to offer volunteer help with feeding and giving educational talks. An illustrated talk on Red Kites in Shropshire given at the centre last September to help raise funds was sold out, with 80 people attending.

There have been concerns about the proximity of the A49 and the number of Red Kites we may attract to the area. We have consulted widely with such sites as Bwlch Nant yr Arian positioned near a main road and with the Chilterns AONB where kites fly over the M40 to assess danger to motorist and the kites themselves. We have no intention of attracting the vast numbers of birds seen at Gigrin Farm, limiting them by the amount of food we put out. We simply want to provide those with an interest in these fantastic birds a guaranteed view of them.

Planning permission was granted in the Summer and we have been applying for additional funding to ensure that meat can be prepared in accordance with AHVLA advice and that the area can be made as safe as possible for the visiting birds. We have now started feeding and hope to open the hide for visitors once we have started to attract kites to the site on a regular basis.

If you wish to get involved we’d love to hear from you. Give us a call or contact us


Share With Friends On:

Meet The Mammoth

Get up close & personal

Meet our larger than life Shropshire mammoth

Find out about the chilling Ice Age and meet our mammoth – a full size replica of the skeleton found at Condover, near Shrewsbury.

Read More

Café

Frothy coffees & Shropshire cream teas

Perfect when the sun is shining

Our delicious home-cooked meals are prepared using local produce to bring you a true taste of the Shropshire Landscape, with Sunday lunches a speciality.

Read More

Events

Family friendly events and activities

From slime making to fairy cakes, we have a party to suit everyone!

Have you ever been up close to a Barn Owl, seen a water-nymph, made a willow nest or prepared to hunt for a Mammoth? If not, now is your chance!

Read More

Onny Meadow

30 acres beside the River Onny

Well signposted for gentle strolls

FREE ENTRANCE to 30 acres of riverside paths, wild flowers and woodland all in the shadow of an Iron Age hillfort.

Read More

Upcoming Events...

29 Jun

Sizzling Somosa Workshop

Learn to make authentic somosas under the expert guidance of Lajina Leal from Lajina Masala.

01 Jul

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting

Become confident in cutting up your own wood

29 Jul

Discovery Club - Trees and their spirits

Get to know the trees of Onny Meadows.

More Events

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is operated by Grow Cook Learn, a registered charity, connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills, providing opportunities to local people and visitors to learn and discover.
Registered Charity in England Number 1158795