Here are some Frequently Asked Questions which can be answered right here on our website.
You can go to the page either via the main page and left option panel,
Q: How big is the sanctuary?
A: Gentleshaw is a small rescue centre. We have over
100 residents of various species but we are not a large zoo. Also on site
is a tearoom, miniature train, garden centre and playground and mini golf.
So you can spend a nice afternoon here.
Q: Do you do flying displays?
A: The birds are exercised daily, The birds are flown
either as part of a pre booked experience (see gift ideas) , for their
own exercise or as part of a display. The birds are flown (weather permitting)
at 2pm weekends and school holidays from February to October.
Q: Is the sanctuary under cover?
A: Nope! , we have a small classroom / reptile area
which is inside but most of our little sanctuary is outside. If it’s
raining, best bring an umbrella ... and your wellies!
Q: Do you re home any of your animals?
A: We rarely re home any of the more exotic animals
we take in as many require licensed homes, and alternative homes would
have to be able to provide better and larger enclosures before we would
consider letting them go.
A: Dogs are permitted in the garden centre but NOT into the sanctuary. Our residents are used to our own canine staff (whom you will meet on your visit) but are wary of strange dogs. Please call in advance if you have a an assistance dog.
Q: Do you offer group discounts / free carers admission?
A: Raising funds for the charity run sanctuary is a constant battle. In order to help us cover ours costs and keep everyone’s admission as low as possible, we do not offer discounts on our already low admission or free admissions for groups or carers.
Q: Can we feed the animals?
A: Gentleshaw is home to a variety of exotic / wild animals and birds of prey. Their specialist diets mean we do not allow general members of the public to feed them.
A: We do not employ and staff. Please refer to our Volunteer section from the 'Contact Us' section - Click Here
A: Please refer to the 'About Us' page - Click Here
A: Take a look around our Gallery pages, (Click
Here), for some of our residents.
TALKS / GROUP VISITS
Q: Can schools / Birthday Parties and Groups come and visit the centre?
A: Yes, we have a small classroom available for visiting
schools or groups, home schooling, WI, Brownies, Guide, Scouts, Colleges
etc. We are able to cater for around 30 people on a visit.
Q: Do you do school talks / Is there a fee for your talks?
A: We also offer :
As Of Feb. 2022, due to the backlog caused by Covid, we are not currently offering new vouchers.
Q: Can you donate a raffle prize to our cause?
A: Bear in mind we are ourselves a registered charity. We cannot afford to donate items to all of the many requests we receive. You can purchase admission tickets or bird of prey experiences from ourselves and use those as raffle prizes for your own fundraiser, helping 2 good causes . However if you are looking for free donations, you would be best contacting businesses rather than a charity to seek contributions.