I have visited a few Bird of Prey centres in my time. Most have been a little bigger with time spent walking around looking at all the birds in cages before leaving after watching a flying display. Well The York Bird of Prey Centre is a whole lot different.
I took my partner as a nice day out following a voucher purchased online. It was easy to find and we were greeted by some very friendly staff. The centre is of a fairly small size yet it had a great collection of owls and hawks, along with a couple of eagles including the great Golden Eagle.
The staff are absolutely fantastic and are so welcoming and chatty, along with passionate and knowledgable about the birds.
What I did not expect was just how hands on this centre is. We held three different types of owl (barn, eagle and a cute little one nicknamed the evil owl), a peregrine falcon, a red tailed hawk, a harris hawk and a couple of others that I forget.
It is so nice to be able to hold these birds and get such an up close and personal experience with them.
We watched the first flying show which we enjoyed although the birds were not as enthusiastic. To be fair the sun was shining and they wanted to sunbathe..who wouldn't!
Again it isn't just a flying show. They have volunteers up holding the glove and having barn owls, eagles and hawks flying to you.
An enjoyable day with a final cherry on top…holding the gorgeous Golden Eagle called Shadow. I do not know anywhere that lets you hold one of these magnificent birds. It really made my day. We saw them in the wild in Scotland as children (from a long long distance) and this topped it. To be so close and see this bird in so much detail.
It appears they may be expanding which will be great as it can only get better.
An absolutely fantastic day. I would recommend to anyone. The handling really is the key to this place. Thankyou to the staff for a wonderful day…where do I sign up to volunteer!?
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