Thorp Perrow Arboretum Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre
Thorp Perrow is an 85 acre Arboretum set in over 1000 acres of parkland and is owned and managed by Sir John Ropner. It is unique in Britain, if not Europe, as it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895-1977).
Thorp Perrow is an exciting place to explore offering something for everyone. This tranquil and peaceful haven is home to some of the largest and rarest trees and shrubs in England. A treasure trove of specimen trees, woodland walks, nature trail, tree trails, ornamental lake and picnic area. This beautiful woodland garden contains colour and interest all year round.
The Arboretum also embraces the Milbank Pinetum planted by Lady Augusta Milbank in the mid 19th century, and the medieval Spring Wood dating back to the 16th century. Woodland walks open on to views across the lake and towards the more formal gardens at the front of the great house. The collection of trees comes from around the world. There are five national collections, Ash (Fraxinus), Lime (Tilia), Walnuts (Juglans), Laburnum and Cotinus.
The Arboretum is an ideal place for learning, whether it be formal education for schools and colleges or more informal public passive enjoyment. School children can wonder at the abundant wildlife and majestic trees, while serious students can take their studies through silviculture to plant taxonomy and beyond.
New Mammal Centre with Merkat Island, Walkthrough Wallaby Wood, Rheas and lots more. Guided Tour of the Mammal Centre at 12.15pm every day (March-November).
The Falcons of Thorp Perrow
One of the largest collections of birds of prey in the north of England, with over 75 birds from all continents of the world.
At the bird of prey conservation and captive breeding centre there is the opportunity to learn more about birds of prey and associated wildlife. The centre now incorporates The Northern School of Falconry & Associated Studies.
Regular flying demonstrations will not only enable you to witness the breathtaking ability of eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and owls, but also give you the chance to participate in the fun.
A Hawk Walk gives the chance to fly a hawk, within the splendour of the Arboretum, under the guidance of experienced staff. For the aspiring falconer, the centre now incorporates The National School of Falconry & Associaed Studies. Education packages are also available for school visits.
- Tea Room and Information Centre at entrance to the Arboretum
- Wheelchair, pram/pushchair accessible. Electric wheelchair available on request, please book in advance
- Dogs are welcome but must be kept on lead
- Plant Centre & Picnic Area
Dogs are welcome and must be kept on a lead, but are not allowed in the Bird of Prey Centre and Mammal Centre.
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On the Bedale - Ripon road, just south of Bedale, North Yorkshire, 4 miles from Leeming Bar on the AI.
Thorp Perrow Arboretum Bird of Prey & Mammal Centre Postcode for SatNav: DL8 2PR