Meet Charlie and Chief...
Chief is one of the UK’s rarest birds, a White-Tailed Sea Eagle. At just 10 months old, Chief is still a young bird learning his trade with the help of our Head Falconer, Charlie Rolle.
Over 200 years ago, Chief’s ancestors freely populated the UK’s open skies, but since then the species became extinct in this country. With the impressive work of the Roy Dennis Foundation, in 2019 several of these beautiful birds were released on the Isle of Wight as part of a re-introduction programme across the south coast of England that hopes to see the birds back in the wild.
To support this ongoing conservation effort, Chief is joining our falconry team this summer to help educate guests and showcase this magnificent breed.
Chief currently weighs 9.5lb and has a 7.5ft wingspan. He doesn’t yet have his ‘white tail’, which will grow as he gets a little older.
Chief’s diet is predominantly fish, provided by the local Ventnor Haven Fishery, but he also loves quail.
Training is a 1-to-1 process for Charlie and Chief to build a trusted bond, where Chief becomes accustomed to Charlie’s voice.
DID YOU KNOW?
The White-tailed Sea Eagle is Britain’s largest bird of prey, with a whopping 8ft wingspan!
The last pair to breed in southern England nested on Culver Cliff on the Isle of Wight in 1780, just a few miles from Robin Hill!
Adults are predominantly brown, with a pale head and white tail and have a life expectancy of 40-50 years.
They have successfully reintroduced White-Tailed Sea Eagles to Scotland, where there are now more than 130 pairs!
Join our White-Tailed Sea Eagle, Chief, and his trusted trainer Charlie on their journey of exploration and discovery by becoming a member of the Spread Your Wings Club!
This online community will explore the world of falconry and conservation through exciting activities, and exclusive access to engaging content designed to help you Spread Your Wings.
The club gives parents and children the opportunity to learn while having fun and making new friends through meet-ups and the online club forum.
Who can join?
Everyone’s welcome to spread their wings, whether you’re a frequent visitor to Robin Hill or just have a keen interest to join the club, there’s no stopping your ability to fly. Our content is curated for children aged 4-14 years, but activities can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Being a member means that you can stay up-to-date with the latest news, competitions, and merchandise along with round-ups of missed meet-ups, behind-the-scenes footage, and insights into Chief’s development.
How to join!
To become a member, a parent/guardian just needs to join the Spread Your Wings Facebook group!