Exmoor  Owl  &  Wildlife Sanctuary

Reconnect with Nature and Bring the Natural World into your life!


Our Owl Garden and Wildlife area is a calm and tranquil space, where all our owls are housed in free-living aviaries - a sanctuary for the owls, for wildlife - and for our visitors - a space to escape our day to day worries and stress, to enhance our wellbeing, and to relax in solitude and reconnect with the natural world.

As a child I was mesmerised by 'The Secret Garden' (author Frances Hodgson Burnett) and have always wanted to create my own Secret Garden, where I can escape and explore the creatures and plants around me. 


Sadly, in life, there is very little time to follow our fantasies, .... yet here we can begin to explore our creative spirit.  The Walled Garden that we have here at West Lynch Farm, is a bolt hole, an escape for us and for wildlife!  In our Owl Garden, away from short cut lawns and manicured flower beds, we welcome Bees, Butterflies, Insects galore, Frogs and Toads, Newts and Slow-worms, Badgers, Otters, wild Little Owls, Barn Owls and Tawny Owls, Foxes, Stoats, Weasels, Mice, Shrews and Voles, and so much more.  Even Peter Rabbit and all his relatives, and Jemima Puddleduck are welcome here!  This is THEIR Secret Garden, their Sanctuary, and they allow US to share it with THEM!

During our current covid19 pandemic this seems an ideal time to follow our dream and to reconnect with nature and become more energetically in connection with the environment and ourselves. 

You are welcome to wander around our 'Secret Garden', and explore the natural areas for pondlife, the meadowlife, and the birdlife!  Our Bird Feeders are always full (please let us know if you find them empty!), and the ponds provide a constant homeostatic environment for all creatures who wish to use it throughout the year!

This year, we are up-planting our Wildlife Garden with plants USEFUL to all; nectar rich, bright and colourful, herbal remedies, ground cover and cool even in the warmest of weathers.  Our ponds are designed with steps and shallow slopes, our household vegetables are recycled here for compost, and we want to welcome all wildlife to this amazing space.

Amidst all of this we have our Owl Aviaries, where they have constant free-living space, and are flown daily for exercise, and the Garden is planted with ornamental and indigenous trees, to encourage beauty, pollen, diversity and delight.

As our re-created Wildlife Area and Owl Garden develops we will post more about the plants and wildlife that we welcome to the Garden.  For now we are in the planting, tidying and creating phase, so please bear with us!


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Cathy Powell & Rod Smith

 Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre
West Lynch Farm, Allerford, Minehead, Somerset TA24 8HJ

Google SatNav Postcode - TA24 8HH

01643 862816 

Proud to be part of Exmoor National Park Experience Collection 2019

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