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“Photographic day”

The Barn Owl Centre
Ranked #21 of 73 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: Due to on going development, we are only open to the public by booking only, bookings relate to a number of Owl & Bird of Prey Experiences we do, which includes Photography Days. Please visit our website for further details, times & cost. For anyone visiting us to purchase an Owl Nest Box or Gift Vouchers, please give us a call before setting off. Please note that the Barn Owl Centre is a Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre as well as an Owl Conservation Centre.
Chester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Photographic day”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

This was our 4th visit on a Photographic day, and Vince yet again gave us a perfect day adapting photo opportunities to suit us, and yes we will be back again next year

Col and Sara Page

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Colin P
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Photography Day”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

This was such an exceptional day and learning curve with birds in flight...loved it so much am returning again next week
Vince is passionate about his birds, and never overworks them
they are his main interest.. their welfare came first..but we as photographers were well catered for
and got some fantastic opportunities
a day I would fully recommend to anyone!

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Lillian K
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Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2013

a great 5 hours +, starting with a talk about taking picture of birds in flight and other things and free coffee !! , then out into the field in a natural surroundings ,birds do not have legs leads so pictures are of a free bird we had a hawk . and then 2 eagle owls , then we went into another area for stills again no leg leads , white barn owl , black barn owl , a very small owl smaller than the hand , the weather helped for a good day , hope to return to picture of birds of pry

Visited August 2013
Thank paul h
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“just brilliant”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

i bought the hawk and owl experience for my partner for her birthday and turned up on a bright sunny day with 6 others. vince explained lots about the centre and why they do what they do,he s clearly passionate and knowledgeable about his birds. we then went out with a lady whos name i can t remember!! to fly shelly the hawk. shelly was brilliant and so was the lady handler. my partner and the others had lots of goes with the glove and feeding shelly,and she was wonderful,we had a good walk about,followed closely by shelly,to see her in light was amazing. we then a short break when we were offered refreshments,very welcome on a warm day. we then got to meet kaln the eagle owl,awesome does nt come close. he was fabulous,and seeing him also in flight was fantastic. again my partner had a couple of goes on the glove,and was a great sight to see him out and about. an absolutely brilliant few hours,fantastic value for the money. A place thats run by passionate people, will recommend to all. thank you.

Visited August 2013
Thank asbo94
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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“awesome experience”
Reviewed 27 July 2013

What a fantastic experience. We turned up having been told, the night before, that the Experience had to be cancelled due to rain but we could still visit the site and see the birds. Typical of the weather forecast.........bright sunshine!
Vince introduced himself and gave us a wealth of knowledge not only about the birds but of what he was about (so much more than you think). He clearly knows what is best for the birds and puts their interests first, certainly not Joe public's, which is the way it should be! This place is not a 'Zoo', it is clearly for the welfare of the birds.
We had the pleasure of seeing one of the Eagle Owls, (Kahn), 'walk' out of his Avery, no gadgets or gizmo's, and fly outside the enclosure to the open fields. Here Vince showed us how the Owl can see and hear to incredible distance....except he is long sighted and can't see close objects, hence my sore thumb!.....Landing on your hand is a wonderful feeling and watching him glide from post to tree to post to tree is incredible. Kahn was worried about the Buzzard that was flying near which I found hard to believe due to the size of him but Vince explained the reasons.
We would recommend this 'Experience' to anyone and will visit again. I think that people who have negative feedback on this centre clearly do not understand the reason for it, it is not a commercial venture, it is in existence for the good of the birds.
Vince and his team should be applauded for the work they do.
Amy and Marc 27/07/2013

Visited July 2013
2 Thank marc d
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