Via the Hawk and Owl Centre and also through the wider Estate’s management program, Muncaster is active in conservation locally, nationally and internationally and works to promote awareness of environmental issues with visitors and the local community.
The Hawk & Owl Centre is run in association with the Hawk Conservancy Trust and through this partnership we are pleased to support the Trust’s important work in promoting awareness of conservation issues worldwide and actively conserving rare and threatened species.
Within the Castle gardens we provide opportunities to the public to come close to beautiful and endangered birds and to better understand their contribution to the balance of our ecocultures and the threats which they face to survive. We’re particularly interested in vulture conservation and you can find out more at the centre and our displays as well as on our All About Vultures page.
We provide a natural environment with varied habitats covering wild woodland, wildflower meadows and unmown grassland, ponds and streams supporting a wide range of native wildlife as well as native and exotic plant species, many now rare in their original homes. Visitors are encouraged to explore the extensive grounds and to enjoy their diversity. We welcome visits by schools and youth groups wishing to use our resources to work towards national curricular links.
The gardens and the wider Estate are managed sustainably and efforts are ongoing to clear and limit invasive species and to plant and replant to promote biodiversity and preserve habitat. The Estate includes a number of SSSIs as well as important habitats for rare plants and animals.
Amongst other initiatives, the Estate and its volunteers work actively with other groups to support the local red squirrel population which, though famously shy, can occasionally be spotted in the gardens and in the local area.