This Experience gives you the chance to handle and fly a number of different species of birds of prey and owls at the centre. Exclusive to your group, this experience is perfect for family gatherings, team-building events and special celebrations. Designed for up to 8 people, you can spend the morning flying and handling an impressive selection of birds of prey.
After tea/coffee, your group will be given a guided tour of the centre where they will see a large variety of species from the small Kestrel to the large and impressive Eagles and Vultures; they will also be encouraged to ask the falconer any questions. They will then fly at least 6 birds in the arena at the centre, as we regularly change the species of birds flown each day we cannot say exactly which birds they will fly but is from a selection of kestrels, owls, hawks, and other birds of prey. The Exclusive Half Day finishes with the opportunity to fly and/or handle one of our smaller Eagles.
The Half Day Bird Handling Experience usually commences at 10.15 with tea/coffee and biscuits and finishes at 1pm. Afternoon sessions from 3pm until 5:45pm may be possible upon request for Exclusive groups, subject to availability.
MINIMUM AGE: We recommend this Experience session for those aged 13 and upwards. If you wish to include younger members in your group this is at your discretion, but please be aware that some of our larger birds, especially the eagle, will not be suitable for flying to younger children.
OBSERVERS: Any relative or friend wishing to be present for the duration of the experience will be classed as an "Observer" for which a charge of £12.50 per person will be made. This will entitle him or her to accompany the Participants at all times and includes tea/coffee. Observers can be paid for in advance or on the day of the experience. Please note that Observers must be at least 13 years old for this Experience in order to be permitted into the flying arena.
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Frequently asked questions about our Exclusive Half Day Bird Handling Experience
How often do you run the Experiences and how far ahead do I need to book a date?
We run all our experiences throughout the year and on various days to suit demand (weekend and weekdays). We operate on a first-come, first serve basis for all dates.To book a date we generally say as far in advance as possible, but occasionally we can accommodate people at short notice if places are available. Weekend dates are the most popular and can book up very quickly at certain times of the year. To book a date please call us on 01562 700014 (9am-5pm, 7 days a week).
I have paid online, how long does it take to receive the voucher?
We will email the voucher to you within 2 days of the payment. If you have requested a printed voucher, please allow at least 7 days for delivery.
How do I book a specific date when I pay for the voucher?
Unfortunately there is no way to book a date online, so if you wished to book a date when you purchase the experience, please call us to pay and book the date. If you prefer not to pay by card over the phone then you can arrange the date with us over the phone first and then pay online above.
How many participants are in a group?
This Experience is exclusive to your group and is intended for a maximum of 8 Participants.
Can we take photographs?
Students on our bird handling experiences are welcome to bring their own camera/ video cameras to take photographs during their time with us. Flash is also not a problem for the birds.
Can other people come and take photographs?
Instead of being an observer (see above), from time to time participants ask if relatives or friends may also attend just to take photographs of them with the birds. If you speak to a member of staff about this they will be happy to arrange a time when this is convenient, (usually just before the lunch break). The normal admission charge will apply.
What happens if the weather is bad on the date of my experience?
We will run the experiences in most weather conditions, but we also want you to enjoy your experience. If the weather is predicted to be bad before your booked date, you can rearrange a new date.
** Please note: Hard copy vouchers will be sent out by second class post via Royal Mail. Vouchers will be sent to the address given on the purchaser's PayPal payment form, so please ensure that your details are up-to-date. Vouchers will still be sent via e-mail in addition to any requested hard copies. If this question is left unanswered no hard copy will be sent out.
Terms & Conditions apply - please Click Here to view. Purchase of any visitor's entry ticket, Group Visit, Experience, Sponsorship package and/or booking of any Outside Event confirms understanding and acceptance of these terms and conditions.