Folkestone Owl Rescue provides a refuge for owls that are injured in the wild or can no longer be looked after in captivity.

Brian Maxted set up the rescue centre with his late wife Sybil in 1998 and can provide space for up to 50 owls, all of whom need care and attention.

What We Do

The sanctuary provides owls with a safe home when they are injured, or when they cannot be released back into the wild once they have healed. Some also come to us when other sanctuaries have closed, or from owners that can no longer look after them. They are able to stay with us for the rest of their lives to be cared for and looked after.

We aim to educate the public by visiting and giving talks to schools, clubs and other groups, showing the owls in a controlled, friendly and safe environment. We also arrange for group visits to the rescue centre, and welcome people of all ages.

We do not charge for any of our services, but to help keep the rescue centre running are always welcome.

to arrange a talk or a visit.

Visits and Talks

Visitors are welcome and we are more than happy to give information about the owls to anyone willing to learn more. We are able to visit schools, clubs and other groups.

The owls are popular with primary school children learning about nocturnal animals, or reading books like 'Owl Babies'. We love being able to do this for the kids, and cater for all ages from nursery to secondary schools and colleges.

Where We Go

You can usually find us in Folkestone town centre on Thursdays and Saturdays (weather permitting) between 10am and 3pm.

We bring up to 7 of our owls to show and talk about, and have keepers present to answer any questions you might have.