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African Bird of Prey Experience

During this half day experience, you will be given the opportunity to fly an African species of owl, a Yellow-billed Kite, a Hooded Vulture and an African eagle. You will also be invited to watch our spectacular ‘Wings of Africa’ flying demonstration from a private balcony. During this display, you will see our African birds soar around the Savannah Arena with special effects to transport you to Africa.

Following the display, you will be able to meet some of the stars, which may include the Secretary Bird, our Storks, a Lanner Falcon, and you can even meet the meerkats. We’ll also give you an insight into our work with young and injured birds, as well as the conservation and research work that we do both in the UK and overseas.

Please note that this experience only takes place between May and September.

Guests must be aged 16 or over (for younger age groups, we offer Young Falconer and Children’s Owl Experiences).

£79.50

 

Your Experience

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to six guests, with two members of our team guiding and informing you through your day.

Your half day experience will begin at 9:30am when you are met in Feathers Restaurant by your host. The experience will end at around 12:30pm. Feathers Restaurant is open from 9:00am, should you wish to arrive early to purchase refreshments or breakfast to set you up for the day.

Once your morning experience session has finished, you are welcome to stay with us to enjoy the rest of our daily activities and displays.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have a gift voucher for this experience, how do I book?

Please call us on 01264 773850 (between 9am and 5pm) and have your voucher number to hand.

This experience must be pre-booked. Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is required. Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase; an expiry date is shown inside your gift card. Please note your experience must be booked and fulfilled before the expiry date shown. Once the voucher has expired, the experience and any related monies are forfeited.

Can I bring guests?

Your guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the person booked on the experience can participate in this experience session. We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the experience for any reason. If you have friends or family visiting the Trust for the day, a maximum of two people can join you to take photographs. Please notify your hosts on the day if you have such guests, and you will be advised about the meeting time and place for them to join you.

Can I cancel or alter my booking?

A minimum of 14 days notice is required to alter or cancel a booking. We regret that any alterations or cancellations notified after this time will result in forfeit of the event and any related monies. (If the booking has to be cancelled by the Trust, a mutually suitable alternative date will be found.) Bookings and experience vouchers are non-refundable.

What should I wear?

We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please also avoid wearing bright coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness within our grounds.

Do I need any special equipment?

All necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Can I take photos during my experience?

Yes! We are more than happy for you to take photographs as a memento of your day, and our staff at the experience session will be on hand to take pictures of you with the birds.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2pm the day before. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.

Other useful information about your experience:

Did you know?
Many owls can see in almost complete darkness. Their eyes have many more rods and far fewer cones than human eyes. Rods are sensitive to low levels of light while cones deal more with colour and clarity at high light levels.
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