The Ultimate Bird Handling Experience is the perfect opportunity to spend a day flying and handling a variety of birds of prey, such as kestrels, owls, hawks, eagles and even a vulture. Combining our popular Half Day Bird Handling Experience and our incredible Eagles and Vulture Experience into one day, this is your chance to purchase two unforgettable sessions for a special discounted price.
The price is £135 for one Participant, £147.50 for one Participant with one Observer, or £245 for two Participants together.
The Half-Day Bird Handling Experience commences at 10:15 and finishes at around 1pm.
The Eagles and Vulture Experience commences at 2:30pm and finishes at around 4:00pm.
There will therefore be a break of around 1.5 hours for lunch and to allow you to look around the aviaries and/or watch the daily flying display from 1pm (weather permitting). Refreshments are available from the café in the Webbs Garden Centre, or you may wish to bring a packed lunch to take advantage of our outdoor picnic area. Otherwise, there are several pubs and restaurants within a few minutes drive of the Centre.
The Combined Bird Handling Experience is available for booking from 1st February until 30th November each year.
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.
Our Eagles & Vulture Experience gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the largest and most powerful birds of prey and owls at the centre. After a short introduction, participants will start by flying at least one bird of prey to learn how to handle and fly these birds. They will then move up to fly, handle or feed at least five Eagles and/or Vultures. Participants will have the chance to ask the falconer questions throughout the experience, and will learn more about these magnificent birds from their experienced and knowledgeable handlers.
The Eagles & Vulture Experience commences at 3:00pm and finishes at 4:30pm. It will only be available from 1st February until 30th November each year.
Please note: The Eagles & Vulture Experience session will have less Participants than any of our other experiences. Participants are limited to a maximum of four people flying and handling the birds. Observer places are strictly limited for this part of the experience. Observers may accompany the Participant at all times. However, any other person wishing to be present for the experience must pay the normal visitor admission charges, but will not be permitted to join the guided tour/introduction and will not be permitted to enter the flying arena or vulture aviaries.
Minimum Age: Participants and Observers must be at least 18 years old. Please note that due to the size and weight of the birds involved in this experience, participants must have a good degree of physical fitness and mobility. It will involve flying birds up to 10lbs (5kg) in weight onto your outstretched left arm and going into aviaries. We regret that this experience is not suitable for wheelchair users; we therefore recommend the Half Day Bird Handling Experience on its own as an alternative for anyone who feels this experience may not be suitable for them.
Terms & Conditions apply - please Click Here to view. Purchase of any Experience or Sponsorship package confirms understanding and acceptance of these terms and conditions.
How often do you run the Experiences and far ahead do I need to book a date?
The Ultimate Bird Handling Experience is available to purchase all year around but can only be booked from 1st February until 30th November each year. During this period, it is available 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 during visitor centre opening hours.
I have paid on-line, 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 the number of Participants on our Experiences. For the morning Half Day Bird Handling Experience, this is limited to 6 Participants on a weekday or up to 8 on a weekend. For the afternoon Eagles & Vulture session, this is limited to a maximum of 4 Participants.
I wish to purchase a voucher for two Participants - can they book separate dates?
The reduced price for two participants is on the provision that they do the experience together on the same date, so unfortunately it is not possible to book an experience for two on separate dates. Therefore, we will normally only issue one voucher with one reference number for booking on this basis.
Can we take photographs?
Participants 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.
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.
Any voucher purchased at this time will be valid until 30th June 2022
** Please note: Hard copy vouchers will be sent out by second class post via Royal Mail. An additional £2.25 charge will be made per printed voucher to cover the costs of printing, postage & packing. 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 and no additional charge will be incurred.
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.