The Barn Owl Centre. A registered charity dedicated to community education, conservation and bird welfare

Homepage Barn Owl Home > About Us

Bird Welfare

Our centre is dedicated to the welfare of barn owls & birds of prey

Experience Nature

Interaction with our birds on specially designed nature experiences

Photography Days

Our birds and centre make the perfect setting for photographers

Secure Online Shop
and Charity Donations



Click here to find out more
About The Charity

Follow Us


Our Charity was tricked, battered, abused, threatened & we survived!

This for us is now old news but for some who are just connecting to this, you might still see our name attached to ongoing media news stories that are promoting this Owl Cafe in London. Please try & understand that we are not connected in anyway, we have nothing to do with this Cafe at all. Our name was & is still being used by some media. If you continue to see our name attached to an article, please understand that this is happening without our permission!

Official Press Statement from the Barn Owl Centre
A massive thank you to our many supporters on Twitter and Facebook
We would like to offer our deepest apologies to every single person who thought we supported this horrendous Owl Cafe in Soho.

A GLOUCESTERSHIRE OWL charity, 'Barn Owl Centre' has told how “it survived a death sentence” after being falsely linked to an owl-themed cocktail bar in London.

Annie the Owl, a week long pop-up bar set to launch in Soho later this month, offers guests the chance to sip cocktails in the company of six owls. Organisers said money from ticket sales would be donated to The Barn Owl Centre in Gloucestershire, where the owls live.

However, centre founder Vince Jones would like to say that the charity has been “exploited” as the information was untrue.

Both have faced backlash from campaigners who raised concerns over the owls’ welfare, and more than 25,700 people have signed an online petition to stop the bar opening.

“I had a phone call regarding an event in London where a professional falconer or owner of the Hawking Centre based in Kent would be in attendance at a sit down affair,” explained Mr Jones. “We were offered a £500-£1,000 donation from the proceeds, but there was no mention of an owl cafe, nor were we to attend with our birds.

“As the Barn Owl Centre charity is trying to raise £165,000 to fund its own property, and after checking it was a reputable falconer, we simply accepted the donation.”

But, Mr Jones believes he was tricked into accepting a donation from a separate company and never agreed to accept a donation from an owl bar.

“When we heard through the media it was an owl cafe, it was too late; damage to the Barn Owl Centre’s name & reputation was done. With the social media onslaught that followed we spent endless days and nights being bombarded with abuse and threats, we also had to install special CCTV at the cost of £3000 as activists were threatening to release the rescued Owls in our care, this was important funds needed to support the Owls at our sanctuary.

We are sorry that we didn't sign the Soho Owl petition earlier. We don't normally get involved in petitions or political arguments, whether it's right or wrong.”

The charity, which has rescued and rehabilitated wild owls including mistreated pet Owls for 17 years, decided to handle the situation privately and not through the press.

“Our name and credibility as an owl welfare charity was exploited to the highest of levels. With all the mixed messages spread throughout the press and on Twitter, nobody wanted to listen to our side of the story. But what saddens us is that the professional falconer’s name & his business (The Hawking Centre) was always shrined in secrecy.

“Now the truth is finally out, our life is starting to get back to some kind of normality but at a loss of £3000 of investment in CCTV security needed to protect our rescued Owls. We also lost 2 weeks of valuable Owl time as we were that worried! THE GOOD NEWS IS WE SURVIVED and RIGHTLY SO! For those who supported us through such a difficult period, we want to thank every single one of you from the bottom of our hearts!"

We would like to end our personal statement to say this. We hope that one day, the owner of the Hawking Centre who is well known in the falconry industry will make a statement to apologise to us and to everyone who was against the Owl Cafe, his silence put the Barn Owl Centre Charity and the whole Owl Community into a very dark place.

For a more positive News Story where Owls truely benefit (Click Here)

Kindest of Regards
Vincent Jones

NB: A special thank you to the following for adding their support via Twitter
Bill Bailey @BillBailey
Paul Daniels @ThePaulDaniels
Mark Avery @MarkAvery
BBC Press Release Link Here
More acknowledgements to follow

To visit Barn Owl Centre on Twitter Click Here

For up to date information of what's on at The Barn Owl Centre,
sign up to our eNewsletter

Other Barn Owl Centre News

18 September 2019
Volunteers Wanted
1 January 2019
2019 - Recycled ECO (Deep) Barn Owl Boxes
1 January 2019
2019 - Recycled ECO Kestrel Boxes
1 January 2019
2019 - Recycled ECO Tawny Owl Boxes
1 January 2019
2019 - Recycled ECO Barn Owl Boxes
29 April 2018
Supporting both Owls & Evening Tourism - Perfect Match
1 March 2018
Specialised Sanctuary for Captive Bred Owls & Birds of Prey
28 April 2017
The Countess Bathurst joins our charity as Patron
12 October 2016
For more regular news updates click here to find out more
29 June 2016
A 2hr Photography Experience - Weekend Evenings
17 May 2016
The oldest Barn Owl alive?
26 February 2016
Welcome to the re-launch of our long awaited Gloucestershire Owl Project 2016-19
9 June 2015
Gloucestershire's Owl Box Project - 2015
2 January 2015
2015 - Great News for Gloucestershire Barn Owls, Little Owls, Tawny Owls & Kestrels
13 November 2014
Barn Owl Centre helps PTS rescue a Bird of Prey
12 July 2014
TAWNY OWL RELEASE Visit our live Webcam
7 June 2014
21 May 2014
Gloucestershire Wild Barn Owls 2014
10 May 2014
Barn Owl Centre adds 1 new trustee to charity
9 July 2013
Barn Owl Manors now off to Malaysia
12 October 2012
Back to the Wild
19 June 2012
Gloucestershire Environmental Trust supports Barn Owl Centre
10 January 2012
Barn Owl Manors Now Occupied
30 December 2011
Nest Box Launch for 2012
31 May 2011
The Co-operative Farms supporting Barn Owls
16 January 2011
2 September 2010
Barn Owl Manor - Building for Barn Owls
20 August 2010
Our Activity Centre
6 July 2010
Re-locating a 6 ton Ash Tree for the Owls
17 April 2009
Wild Tawny Owlets brought into Care 2009
27 October 2008
The appearance of an Eagle Owl
9 August 2008
New Arrival to the Centre
19 November 2006
Nest /Roost Boxes for Owls this Winter
23 June 2006
The arrival of a white Little Owl Orphan
28 March 2006
Barn Owl Population Increase for Gloucestershire
7 March 2006
Barn Owl Centre Documentary
6 July 2004
Rescued Little Owl
The Barn Owl Centre is a registered charity dedicated to community education, conservation and bird welfare
Charity. No : 1097410
Copyright © 1997-2020 Barn Owl Centre.
Website by •mint