Higher Ground Raptor Centre is an Australian bird of prey rehabilitation, release and education facility conceived, built and managed by licensed carer Peggy McDonald CF


It is a non-government, not-for-profit, totally volunteer community-based organisation located in the Southern Highlands of NSW.


In 2017 Peggy became a Churchill Fellowship recipient "to advance and exchange our knowledge of Australian raptor rehabilitation and release techniques". Since then, Peggy has travelled to the USA, Canada, Alaska, Abu Dhabi and South Africa and is currently writing her report - watch this space!

Higher Ground Raptor Centre relies entirely on the good grace and generosity of donations and sponsorship to keep the facility running.



For all the comings and goings of Raptor rehab at Higher Ground Raptor Centre you can go to:

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A dedicated Peregrine falcon-specific aviary - cost $20,000

A dedicated Owl free flight facility - cost $20,000

                                    $2500 has been recently donated for this project in memory of beautiful Chris Smith, 

                                    whose spirit is now free to soar.

An extension on the free flight aviary that will facilitate accommodation for the smaller raptors and also allow the birds to be caught more easily from the large free flight aviary.

                                    As of August 2018 we are fundraising for this project, $30,000 to go!

                  Plans have now been professionally drawn up, grateful thanks to Kerry Young for taking this on!


Commercial freezer to enable bird food to be purchased and acquired in bulk and freeze more economically, currently I need to defrost my very old 3 domestic freezers frequently and scramble to find the right food.

                                    Hooray! as of July end 2018 this has been kindly and generously donated by:

                                                                       Matty and Cass of Violets and Vinegar

Shade cloth replacement - cost $2000


Work tools - cost $250

Dedicated shed to store work tools - $500

An upgrade to the Vetafarm CCTV system. Sadly, in my attempts to shop locally, the original system was not installed correctly and is constantly prone to lightning strikes resulting in severe damage requiring replacement to both the cameras and the entire electronic system in one case. The last time this happened, the lightning tracked up into my house and blew up my computer monitor and modem. The copper cabling needs to be replaced with optic fibre cabling.

                                     Hooray! During July 2018, Vetafarm have completely revamped the CCTV system and there is no longer a need to panic every time we have thunder and lightning.


The building of an accommodation and training facility where vet students on official extra-mural placements from around Australia can stay. It will also accommodate wildlife carer training. Both uses will mean I no longer need to accommodate students in my own home - cost $17,500

Small heat panel for Wedge-tailed eagle ICU - $350


Additional small water tanks x2 and plumbing - cost $2500


Sprinkler system to cool birds down - cost $200 per aviary


Data projector - cost approx. $1500

Pond for Sea-eagles in the free flight aviary. I have observed, thanks to the Vetafarm CCTV system, just how often Sea-eagles like to bathe when free flying. They are currently using a child's wading pool and I need something built in, deeper and easier to clean - cost $1500

All Peggy's work at Higher Ground Raptor Centre is performed voluntarily including that of Vet Dr Charles Carter.

ALL OUR PROJECTS are funded by donations and sponsors.


We are currently setting up ways where you can donate for specific projects...until then here's a list of things we need help with: