Charlie Heap

Charlie Heap was a bird obsessed toddler, then a bird obsessed child, then a bird obsessed teenager………. Well you get the picture!

His first birds were a pair of Tawny Owls in 1980 – they were a gift from the renowned conservationist Mr Philip Wayre.

Charlie’s first falconry bird was Warren; a Common Buzzard. Warren arrived after Charlie met Jemima Parry-Jones at Chatsworth Country Fair in 1981. Warren lived until he was 27 years old. His daughter is still going strong and lives at NCBP!

Charlie worked at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in Newent for a couple of years before starting a degree at the Royal Agricultural College in nearby Cirencester.

After graduating from the Royal Agricultural College he worked as a falconer for the Duke of Buccleuch at Drumlanrig Castle for 5 years.

He has started and run several businesses from clothing manufacture to property developing. Charlie is the day to day manager of the Centre and is director of the National Centre for Birds of Prey.

When not at Duncombe, Charlie tries his best to be a half decent husband to Vicki and he enjoys teaching his son, William, how to misbehave.

Charlie Heap and Steller's Sea Eagle at National Centre for Birds of Prey
Charlie Heap at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK

Dr Vicki Lamb

Vicki has the dubious pleasure of being Charlie’s wife.

She played a major part in the fight to get planning permission.

Vicki has spent most of her working life as an embryologist. However 2019 saw her take a new direction as she took over the Owl House Cafe.

Vicki also makes sure that the NCBP complies with the ever growing mountain of red tape and legislation. She also acts as a part-time HR department, occasional caterer for Winter Owl Evenings and proof reader for websites and signs!

The luckiest girl in the world

Ben Kniveton

Ben K joined us in early 2020 – not long before Covid hit, but he assures us that is merely a coincidence

We are not really sure what Ben does. He says he does lots of the paperwork for the birds in the office.






We don’t have an office

Sarah Brierley

Sarah has volunteered for us for a couple of years – and in early 2017 she joined us as a full-time member of bird staff.

Sarah has a degree in Animal Management from Sparsholt college and has done an internship at Chester Zoo.

Sarah can be found doing everything from cleaning aviaries, to training birds to doing flying demos. She also coordinates our volunteer programme, and less glamorously, she runs the faecal testing programme!

When not at work, Sarah can be found either in John Lewis or Waitrose. Her favourite thing to do is to get wildly overexcited about the slightest thing 🙂

Sarah Brierley

Caroline Kendall

Caroline runs our shop and admission desk together with Ben.

Raised just around the corner in Harome, Caroline now lives in Helmsley.

In her spare time Caroline likes travelling, seeing friends and dining out.

Caroline Kendall