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Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

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Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD, England
+44 1268 520176
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A wonderful experience - Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Wow - what a terrific experience. My family and I attended the Academy at 10:00 on Sunday 17 June... read more

Reviewed yesterday
fbjj2017
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London, United Kingdom
Wonderful and informative.

My son and I had a one hour experience with the birds of prey. Ryan was our personal guide and he... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
janiensk
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Welcome to the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. We are the leading Bird of Prey Centre in Essex, based at Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay. We are open to the public 362 days of the year, where you can enjoy our daily flying displays in our purpose built flying arena. In addition, Barleylands Farm & Craft Village offers both indoor and outdoor activities for children, craft shops and tearooms, creating a fantastic day out in Essex for all the family. We offer a wide range of experience days, which are both fun and educational, catering for all ages and abilities, making them the perfect gift. Our friendly team will make your experience both personal and enjoyable giving you plenty of hands on time with our amazing birds of prey – making your visit to the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy truly memorable. A day you will never forget. For that special occasion, why not have our birds of prey come to you? At the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, we are able to offer tailor-made school visits, static bird displays, educational talks and so much more.... We look forward to seeing you soon!
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Travellers talk about
“burrowing owl” (27 reviews)
“owl encounter” (11 reviews)
“the barn” (19 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD, England
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+44 1268 520176
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Reviewed yesterday

Wow - what a terrific experience. My family and I attended the Academy at 10:00 on Sunday 17 June 2018 for a one hour "taster" session which went well beyond the sixty minutes. With our handler Ryan, who was so personable, engaging and knowledgeable, we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I had a one hour experience with the birds of prey. Ryan was our personal guide and he was wonderful. We learnt so much and handled 3 owls and a buzzard. Actually flying an owl but one more interested in looking around...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited for the one hour experience with a Travelzoo voucher. It was our first time and will not be our last. The staff are very engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I hope they are really well paid for their work. It was just me, my...More

Thank Robert T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic experience for my husband and daughter for their birthdays. Lots of birds held before going to experience the flying birds. Barn owl, Bengal eagle owl, burrowing owl( which was beautiful) , feeding a vulture and watching Gary fly storm. It was amazing although very...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018

Fabulous afternoon, well worth it. So taken by all the lovely owls, especially the naughty little Chaos. Interesting information given during the experience, all really well done. Definitely recommend and we will definitely do it again.

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Reviewed 2 May 2018

We came here on a Travelzoo offer and had a 1 hour bird of prey experience. We were allowed to handle various birds indoors, from a small Southern White-Faced Owl up to a Buzzard. Our guide, Adele, was very nowledeable about all things raptor and...More

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Wonderful experience, knowledgeable and friendly staff, close encounter with selection of different owls, each with their own personality.

Thank McQueen3
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Reviewed 13 April 2018

Me and my husband found the whole experience amazing. We held a Southern white faced owl, a buzzard and a kestral. We both then had the opportunity to fly a barn owl. The people who run this academy are knowledgable and caring and their love...More

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Owls are beautiful in more ways than I can describe. Thank you Imperial Bird of Prey Academy for such a lovely afternoon and for all dedication you and your team put in behind the scenes to make The Owl Encounter experience possible.

Thank alagdon
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We got up close to 3 English native birds, Kestral, barn owl and buzzard. We also got to fly the barn owl. Our 12 and 10 year old grand children loved it. The staff were knowledgeable, and polite. I would go back again.

Thank Dave2189
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Wendy H
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Response from Ian H | Reviewed this property |
You can book a one on one experience, that was done for me as a present
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Sue C
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Response from scox2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hello,I bought an experience with the bird of prey,it was £50 or there abouts,this included a talk about the birds,see the birds and handle some of them and a chance to fly the birds out side,my husband enjoyed it very... More
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