Birdlife at Stow Maries
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome is famed for its broad range of Raptors, Finches and rare visitors. The site is home to all five species of native owl during the winter months and the BBC and Channel 5 have featured the owls of Stow Maries in many of its programmes. Most recently, the wonderful Secret Life of Owls on 5Select.
We are happy to say we are equipped with secluded hides, ideal for watching and photographing our feathered residents.
Already 2018 is showing itself to be a bumper year for our wildlife. We have a lot of very impressive feathered guests, and we'd love you to see them. Take a look our gallery Wildlife At Stow
But don't just take our word for it - hear what our visitors say :
I just wanted to say a big thank you to Alex, Robin and yourself for creating such a brilliant opportunity for a great photographic experience this weekend. It makes meeting at 0530 very worthwhile !
The Barn Owl could not have been more helpful, in a hugely atmospheric environment. The woodland hide was great fun as well with terrific opportunities beyond 'the usual suspects'... Great Spotted Woodpecker, Brambling, Tree Creeper, Redwing, Red-legged Partridge...they all seemed happy to pose for the camera !
Many thanks again. I'll be back.
[Visitor who booked a Hide on 10/11 March 2018]
While the regular site is accessible with normal admission, our conservation area with its Owls, Raptors and other significant species is located in a secure area. Therefore they are only accessible by bespoke arrangement with us.
We can offer Hide times for small numbers, on appointment.
Examples of our packages include:
£25 per person (2-3 people max)
Arrive 6am (NB. this will be earlier as the days get longer)
Go direct to the barn owl hide
9am (dependent on owl activity) - leave barn owl hide and go to Woodland hide
Depart at Noon.
Woodland Hide only (4-5 people max)
(Garden birds, Woodpecker, Partridge etc)
£10 per person - 1 hour session
£20 per person - 3 hour session
Family special - 2 adults and up to 3 children - £25 - 1 hour session
Arrive 9am onwards (best time of day for the light is the morning)
No refreshments provided but please feel free to bring a flask and snacks
Please ask on application if our Airmen's Mess Cafe will be open from 10am on the day of your booking.
Please note: While we will make every endeavour to make sure your booking yields excellent viewings, we cannot guarantee what you will see!
Some birds will not venture out on wet days - such as the softly feathered owls.
A note on bookings
Please be aware that bookings made can be cancelled up to 24 hours before-hand if completely necessary. If you do not honour a booking, nor cancel it more than 24 hours in advance, no refunds are available.
To talk to us about photography, wildlife and to organise a visit to please contact us.
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A monthly activity day at Stow Maries for 8-14 year olds to explore and enjoy a variety of activities linked by the theme of ‘flight’! From simple paper planes to building a series of ‘build and fly’ models, from creating gliders and rockets
20.05.18 - 20.05.18
It's Back! After its hugely successful debut, we welcome all and sundry to celebrate all that is good on the air and the ground.
On Tuesday 13th February at 10.00 pm. Channel 5 Select will show a film, which features the Owls at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome.
It can be viewed on Freeview 54; Freesat 133; Sky...
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