This Experience gives people the chance to handle and fly a number of different species of birds of prey and owls at the centre. After tea/coffee, participants 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 different owl species, a Kestrel, Harris Hawk, Black Kite or a Turkey Vulture.
The Half Day Bird Handling Experience commences at 10.15 with tea/coffee and biscuits and finishes at 1pm.
Minimum Age: Participants and Observers must be at least 13 years old.
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 participant at all times and includes tea/coffee. Observers can be paid for 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.
Terms & Conditions apply - please Click Here to view. Purchase of any Experience or Sponsorship package confirms understanding and acceptance of these terms and conditions.
** 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. An additional £1.50 will be charged per hard copy voucher to cover printing, posting and packaging costs. 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 and no additional charge will be incurred.
Frequently asked questions about our Half Day 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?
We limit all our experience sessions to around 6 participants during the week and 8 participants at weekends flying the birds, but then there may also be observers.
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.
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.