Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Imperial Bird of Prey Academy
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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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  • Claire W
    1 contribution
    Amazing mini zoo keeper experience
    Absolutely amazing experience! Booked the mini zoo keeper experience for my ‘bird mad’ 7-year-old son and it was amazing! He got to meet a Kestral, fly a barn owl, fed iguanas, bats, snakes, bearded dragons and meerkats. Helped to make the habitats more comfortable and made some items for them to seek food in. Great experience that has created everlasting memories!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 March 2023
  • Margaret L
    Hockley, United Kingdom70 contributions
    Great meet and greet experiences!
    We had a great time at the Imperial Bird of Prey Centre in the exotic animal area today. I had booked two experiences with the giant tortoises and lizards for my three grandsons ages 5, 6 and 8 who love animals. We were first taken to see the giant tortoises in their outdoor enclosure, we met five Sulcata tortoises including Winston and Churchill, and spent around 30 mins learning about them. We then moved into the reptile area and met Bruce, a Blue Tongued Skink and Diego, an Argentinian Tegu. The children all found it fascinating and were able to handle the very chilled out lizards under the expert care of Matt. I would highly recommend this excellent centre, we have completed several experiences here and each one has been interesting and informative.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Heather W
    4 contributions
    A Wonderful Experience!
    The bird experience was so organised and professionally run by very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Our family booked a handling session for my mum's 90th birthday and the experience was perfect. We met two owls indoors and then went out to the field for the barn owl to fly to us. Such a memorable morning for all of our family which has created a very fond memory of Mum's special birthday. We also had access to look around the rest of the farm and pet the baby pigs and lambs. Thankyou to the staff at Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. Definitely a 5 star experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 8 April 2023
  • Luke C
    2 contributions
    Half day birds of prey experience
    My partner got me the half day experience for my birthday as a surprise and I must say it was an amazing experience! We had Matt as our host and he was brilliant and so knowledgeable! Can’t recommend it enough the birds are such amazing and beautiful creatures I will be back in the future for sure
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Christine Y
    1 contribution
    A great afternoon out
    I went for the afternoon experience and can't recommend it enough. The young lad knew his birds well and made it a fun and informative experience. Although the weather was not in our favour he knew which birds would perform in the conditions and made our time there worth every penny
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Rebecca H
    Wokingham, United Kingdom16 contributions
    Fantastic experience - highly recommend
    My Mum, sister and I did the half day experience in memory of my late Dad on the date of his first Birthday since he passed away. Our guide, Faith, was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgable and helped make the experience fantastic. We loved the variety of birds we were able to hold and fly and enjoyed all that we learnt from Faith. Would highly recommend and would love to return for more of the farms experiences. A really special day and Dad would have loved it. Thank you.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 November 2023
  • Fuzzywuzzywozabear
    Billericay, United Kingdom11 contributions
    Fantastic experience for our Cub Scouts
    We took our cub scouts for an end of term treat. Matt and Gary brought out a variety of animals and involved the cubs in learning about habitats and prey etc. The cubs were also allowed to touch some of the animals. The highlight of the evening was the enormous snake wrapped around Gary as though he was a tree. Highly recommend it.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 December 2023
  • LightPacker593416
    1 contribution
    Amazing day!
    I bought an half day experience for my partner and I went along as a non-participant. We could not recommend this highly enough. The birds were amazing. Lily who looked after our group was fantastic; so knowledgeable and friendly and her love for the birds was clear to see. We got amazing photos throughout the experience. Even as a non-participant we were involved in the whole experience. Well worth the price and would definitely do this again
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 February 2024
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LightPacker593416
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
I bought an half day experience for my partner and I went along as a non-participant. We could not recommend this highly enough. The birds were amazing. Lily who looked after our group was fantastic; so knowledgeable and friendly and her love for the birds was clear to see. We got amazing photos throughout the experience. Even as a non-participant we were involved in the whole experience. Well worth the price and would definitely do this again
Written 3 February 2024
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Fuzzywuzzywozabear
Billericay, UK11 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
We took our cub scouts for an end of term treat. Matt and Gary brought out a variety of animals and involved the cubs in learning about habitats and prey etc. The cubs were also allowed to touch some of the animals. The highlight of the evening was the enormous snake wrapped around Gary as though he was a tree. Highly recommend it.
Written 7 December 2023
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Rebecca H
Wokingham, UK16 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
My Mum, sister and I did the half day experience in memory of my late Dad on the date of his first Birthday since he passed away. Our guide, Faith, was friendly, professional and extremely knowledgable and helped make the experience fantastic. We loved the variety of birds we were able to hold and fly and enjoyed all that we learnt from Faith. Would highly recommend and would love to return for more of the farms experiences. A really special day and Dad would have loved it. Thank you.
Written 9 November 2023
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Margaret L
Hockley, UK70 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had a fantastic time at a Cold Blooded Animal Experience today, thanks to an excellent introduction from Matthew to various cold blooded creatures, including millipedes (more interesting than you would imagine!), frogs, snakes, lizards, and more!
Thank you!
Written 12 October 2023
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Kotryna S
1 contribution
Sept 2023 • Family
Had an amazing time,I have been many times and all have been amazing to Lilly and faith the experience was wonderful and learned a lot will definitely be coming back
Written 16 September 2023
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Jade Z
Essex, UK2 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
I purchased the ultimate animal experience for my two son's joint birthday presents, and we had the best time! Faith and Brian were so informative and brilliant with the boys (aged 8 & 11)
A truly amazing experience for anyone animal mad.
Written 1 August 2023
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Christine Y
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Couples
I went for the afternoon experience and can't recommend it enough. The young lad knew his birds well and made it a fun and informative experience. Although the weather was not in our favour he knew which birds would perform in the conditions and made our time there worth every penny
Written 23 July 2023
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George C
12 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Incredible one hour experience here, Matt and Lyn both very good and helped my girlfriend and I through all of it. Fantastic, would recommend
Written 18 July 2023
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Mark G
7 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Went to the Owl Experience today at Barleylands with my daughter and it was sensational, educational and just flipping great! Thanks Matt our supervisor and thanks Barleylands for hosting this. Most of all thank you to Imperial Bird of Prey Academy.
Written 30 May 2023
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Luke C
2 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
My partner got me the half day experience for my birthday as a surprise and I must say it was an amazing experience! We had Matt as our host and he was brilliant and so knowledgeable! Can’t recommend it enough the birds are such amazing and beautiful creatures I will be back in the future for sure
Written 18 May 2023
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