The Raptor Centre
The Raptor Centre was founded by Eddie Hare (pictured to the right with Helga his Bald Eagle) in 1977 at Chilham Castle near Canterbury in the middle of Kent. In 2002, Eddie was joined by his wife; Veronica. For the last 20 years we have been based at Groombridge Place.
November 2018 saw the relocation of The Raptor Centre to Hobbledown; a mystical park and zoo in Surrey.
Veronica’s first bird was a male European Kestrel – for the record we don’t recommend small birds such as Kestrels for inexperienced people, however Veronica was under the constant supervision of Eddie.
The bird was just over 6 weeks old, and although young, he was fully grown, and Veronica spent all her time with Gollum, and he turned into an incredible little Falcon. Given good weather conditions, Gollum would often remain airborne for up to 20 minutes during his exercise period.
Veronica enjoys flying her birds both in demonstrations and privately.
Picture is of Veronica and Maleficent the African Fish Eagle.
Why Choose Us
We are working hard to create a Centre where visitors can learn all about Birds of Prey, both in captivity and in the wild. There is the chance to see our birds up close in their aviaries, or even closer on our experiences. Click here to go to our Experiences page