Dear Historic Royal Palaces,
I would like to request all information you hold on the costs of caring for the Tower of London ravens in 2020, such as staffing costs, veterinary fees, food, housing, and costs incurred acquiring or breeding more ravens. If possible I would like this information broken down by category rather than as a single figure.
If possible, I would also like to request this information for all years it is available.
I would prefer to receive these via email, however other methods (such as a posted cd/usb stick) would also be appropriate if the files are too large to transmit as attachments.
If you are not the appropriate department for this request, please let me know.
Dear Mr. Wareing,
I write in response to your email, dated 14 January, for information under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) about the cost of caring for
the Tower ravens.
Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) is the charity that looks after The Tower of
London, Hampton Court Palace, The Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew
Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone to explore the story of
how monarchs and people have shaped society in some of the greatest
palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the support
of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.
Your request was:
“all information you hold on the costs of caring for the Tower of London
ravens in 2020, such as staffing costs, veterinary fees, food, housing,
and costs incurred acquiring or breeding more ravens. If possible I would
like this information broken down by category rather than as a single
If possible, I would also like to request this information for all years
it is available.”
Our response is as follows:
Food, Vets &
Financial Year Anciliary
Beginning 1st April Costs Staffing Total
2015 4,301.83 31,310.00 35,611.83
2016 3,694.56 32,093.00 35,787.56
2017 4,508.96 32,895.00 37,403.96
2018 8,084.32 33,717.00 41,801.32
2019 7,828.90 34,560.00 42,388.90
Housing is provided on site and does not have any incremental cost. A new
Raven enclosure was installed in 2015 with a capitalised cost of £157k.
The ravens are one of the prime attractions for visitors and this work was
carried out to be better able to interpret the Ravens’ history to the
general public. Whilst the ravens roam the Tower by day, they are put to
bed at night and the new night accommodation provides greater space for
the ravens whilst visually blending with the historic environment of the
I do hope this answers your request. HRP has an internal review procedure.
If you are not satisfied with our response, you may request an internal
review by writing to The Head of Governance and Assurance via post (The
Head of Governance and Assurance, Chief Executive’s Office, Apt 39,
Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU) or via email ([Historic Royal Palaces request email])
explaining your reasons for seeking a review.
If you are then not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review, you
may then apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision:
The Information Commissioner
Yours sincerely, Vanessa Hodge
Head of Records
Historic Royal Palaces
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