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“A must for novices or enthusiasts alike”

The International Centre for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newent
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Please note we are closed to the public on Thursday 20th July, 2017 for a Royal visit in celebration of our 50th Anniversary. We will be open as usual on Friday 21st July...
Reviewed 4 January 2018

We have had several day visits to the Bird of Prey Sanctuary walking amongst the collection of birds and watching the flight displays. It is as the title describes and holds something like 240 birds at any one time. As a birthday treat we booked a half day "raptor" experience. Arriving on a freezing morning with snow still on the ground was unusual in itself but this did not deter us. We were straight out in the display fields with two of the staff to fly the first bird, a Lanner Falcon. There were 8 of us split into two groups and the bird was flown from fist to fist between the groups. Two further birds were flown in the same way. The staff are giving you information about the birds the whole time. We broke for coffee and biscuits and a chance to warm up and have further question and answers with the staff. The next session was a handling session in the barn. Four birds were brought out and we all had a chance to hold each one again with a question and answer session. This session was not rushed and a great opportunity to see these beautiful birds up close and personal. Not to give the game away, further activities occurred, including returning outside and flying another bird around the fields. It was just brilliant. We paid £70 each and I felt it was well worth the money. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, they explained the conservation projects taking place and you didn't feel the group was too large that you didn't have enough time with the birds themselves. The centre itself was closed to the public but we were free to spend more time walking around the centre once the experience was over.
We travelled from Exeter and it took about 1hr 40 (we made a weekend of it and stayed over the night before). Wear sensible shoes for comfort more than anything. It's pretty open so take layers of clothing just in case. When the centre is open to the public there is a cafe. A camera is a must. During the bird handling my other half took photos whilst I held and vice versa. You can pay £15 and be a spectator (photographer). A camera of some sort is a must as you do get up close to these amazing creatures. On a day visit I am not sure how long younger children would stay interested so be aware of this/know your children. There are three display flights per day when the centre is open, and worth seeing all three as they are all different. The commentary is great and often funny. It's great value for money at £10.90 per adult (cheaper if you book online) plus you can gift aid. You can also purchase a family ticket. The website is informative and easy to use also offering helpful advice Have a look before you travel for relevant information. If you visit only once you will love it. As I said above, we have been on several occasions, including the Owl Evening which was equally as enjoyable. Go on, give it a go. Its good fun, the birds are beautiful and the centre does an amazing job.

Thank Sharon B
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Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

Loads of birds, very knowledgable staff and the on site dogs give you a very warm welcome. Will be back for sure.

1  Thank Scott and Becca P
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Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

Lovely staff, huge variety of birds. Make sure you time your visit to see a demonstration. Jemima’s commentary was hilarious.

1  Thank Victoria G
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

If you even have the slightest interest in seeing birds of pray you need to visit this place. My partner and I have seen a number of falconry displays but have never been given as much information as we were here. The weather was awful and the first flying display we watched was called off however that was not a bad thing as we dived under cover with the member of staff and managed to get a closer look at the bird! Staff were very friendly and there was a huge variety of birds. Highly recommend!

1  Thank Tom C
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Amazing place to visit. Friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. They clearly love the job they do and it shows. The birds looked healthy, happy and well looked after.
The staff gave a great commentary throughout the displays that included a wide knowledge of the birds including humour which we found funny.

The site is well looked after and there is plenty of picnic areas and a reasonable priced café. We had lunch in the café. The food was very nice and the service was good. It looked clean and tidy and I would recommend eating there.

We loved the Labradors that wonder around the centre. They were incredibly well behaved and very friendly and added to the fun of the visit.

The shop is well stocked with sensible things at reasonable prices. Lots of choice for gifts. This is a very well run centre with wonderful birds of prey. We happily spent the whole day there. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Tanith B
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