Who we are











Charlotte Davis - Owner/Director



I started working as a volunteer at the centre when it opened in 2016, I was one of the youngest members of the KOA team at the time. After being mentored by Mollie and Nigel King the founding owners of the Academy...I was then employed as Head Keeper until 2022 when the company was handed over to me as the new Owner/Director.


Ever since my first day i have been hooked!   


Working with these amzing birds and animlas is a  pleasure. I feel honoured to have them by my side  day to day. I also wish to inspire more young people to work in this industry and show them the beauty of it. 


 My background includes working with livestock and horses, i also took a great interest in exotic animlas  such and reptiles and amphibans. To the point i worked in Madagascar as part of a conservation project studying lots of unique wildlife such as inverts,fish,mammlas, birds, reptiles, amphibians and plants. 











Beth Dines-Head Keeper


Beth started working as a volunteer at the centre in 2017 ...she is a shining example of hard work and professionalism and we are delighted and proud to now call her our new Head Keeper.

From shows, experience days, offsite visits and educational workshops, there is nothing She doesn't do to a high standard.


As well as having a passion for birds, she has a vast amount of knowledge birds of prey, especially owls! and a love for small mammals such as rats and skunks.


It has been fantastic to watch Beth grow and progress at The Kent Owl Academy and she is now a friendly and recognisable face across all our media and events. 


A real role model for those wanting to choose animal work as a career path. 


We can't wait to see what she is capable of in the future...



Special Mention to Mollie and Nigel King
















Mollie King- Founding Owner/Director


From a young age I have always had a passion for wildlife, birds of prey in particular. I have a great deal of experience with all types of animals in established working environments. 
I have grown up around raptors due to my father being a highly recognised performance falconer. I am now the owner/managing director of my own bird of prey & exotics centre 'The Kent Owl Academy' in Maidstone. 
I have had other jobs and roles in the past whilst finishing further and higher               eduacation, including High Court Enforcement and retail.  I hold qualifications in Animal management as well as Psychology and Sociology. However, I have always had an underlying ambition to work with birds and animals within the education sector. I dedicate myself to animals and working with them to both learn and conserve. 

I have worked at various zoos/bird of prey centres within the UK, including but not limited to Africa Alive and The Imperial bird of prey academy in Essex, where I held the role of operations manager. I have exceeded my own expectations with the progress at the Kent Owl Academy since opening and enjoy watching it go from strength to strength. 2018 has allowed me to reach personal goals as well, including speaking at ZSL London Zoo and forming a lasting working partnership with the Kent Wildlife Trust. 


Finalist at the 2017 Kent Women in business awards. 

#QueenOf Winner January 2018

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Nigel King-  Founding Director 

Nigel's passion for birds and British wildlife started at the age of ten and by the age of twelve, he was the proud owner of his first Sparrowhawk. This was the start of his fascination of birds of prey and over the next 20 years- Nigel became an influential and well respected member of the falconry community. He is well known throughout Britain and Europe, primarily due to his knowledge of accipiters. His dedication to falconry has taken him to different countries around the world and he has drawn on the knowledge and experiences of falconers from places such as China, the Americas, South Africa, Turkey, Holland, Germany and France. 
From 2004 - 2007 Nigel held the position of Centre Manager at a bird of prey centre in Kent and during the summer of 2009 spent the season based at Africa Alive, Suffolk, with a team of African raptors providing flying demonstrations for the general public.

Nigel has also worked for ZSL London Zoo on their Animal Activities Team.
Nigel has featured on programmes with the BBC and Sky one, lectured for schools colleges and universities and provided entertainment for many different events. One of his highlights of his career so far was the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Charity Ball in 2007.


In 2016, Nigel handed over ownership of his highly successful business: The Imperial Bird of Prey Academy in Essex to his apprentice, Gary and long serving volunteer, Faith. He is now a silent Director here at the Kent Owl Academy, as well as working for an external and very reputable pest control company. 

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Kent Owl Academy

Kent Life 

Lock Lane 



ME14 3AU

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