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“Brilliant”

The International Centre for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Newent
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Please note we are closed to the public on Thursday 20th July, 2017 for a Royal visit in celebration of our 50th Anniversary. We will be open as usual on Friday 21st July...
Reviewed 9 April 2018

Brilliant day out, educational and entertaining, all employees are friendly and caring and will answer any questions you ask, looking forward to next visit

Thank cheese2018
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"flying display"
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"burrowing owl"
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"cakes"
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"great value for money"
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"great place to visit"
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"on site"
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

What a cool little experience. We stayed for 2 of the shows and loved them both! The main docent was very funny and everyone was very informative. It was really neat seeing all the birds up close. I have a new love for owls - who knew there were so many different kinds, and how incredibly adorable they could be? I also have a newfound appreciation and fondness for vultures even. Crazy, right? Except for the creepy turkey buzzard, many of them were actually quite beautiful, if a little scary. Highly recommend. Rain threatened all day, but never materialized, but even if it had I think it still would have been a good experience, as we had our rain coats on and our wellys and umbrellas at the ready.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

There's an amazing diversity of birds of prey here including eagles, owls, kites, falcons, ... which makes it a fascinating venue if you have an interest. The staff are knowledgeable (and have a great sense of humour), taking the time to explain the personalities and traits of the birds in the flying (and walking/burrowing) displays.
Not all birds are flown as some have moved in with permanent disabilities through injuries sustained in the wild. Nevertheless, the centre takes them in and they are afforded quality care too. Even though they don't fly, they're still very interesting species to see in close proximity.
All of the birds homes/roosts/... have information about the origins of their occupants. It makes for an interesting and educational visit and enjoyable too.
There's a cafe available that offers simple but tasty fare (panini, soup, jacket potatoes, sandwiches) and some fantastic cakes! You might get accosted by one or more of the 5 labradors although they do have impeccable table manners (and there is a dog free area for those who prefer to be away from company)
(Gift aid wasn't mentioned to us on entry, but you can and obviously this will help to support them in their work)

Thank Rob S
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

A good value attraction for all the family, reasonably priced. The bird centre is run like a family owned business, no corporate shine here, an English eccentricity about the place. The rural location is very peaceful. We arrived a 1.30pm and we got the two afternoon displays with time in between for a mooch around and a visit to the cafe. Three to four hours is enough here. The staff obviously care and have an attachment to the birds which is nice. It has been noted by some that the birds are caged and docile but what would you expect to see here! The birds are healthy. Maybe, ideally all birds should be free but human impact on wildlife in some cases, make this impossible. Interesting discussion on veterinary medicine poisoning 30 million Vultures worldwide. There are three daily flying displays which is the highlight of the visit capturing the attention of young and old. A good photo opportunity if you have a camera. The gift shop is well stocked with all bird related toys and books. A new staff member is running the cafe with new ideas, friendly chap. There is a range of different food choices for lunch with delicious cakes. The hot chocolate with marshmallows is awesome!
We noticed a lack of marketing on the Hereford county tourist websites and other local venues for this attraction. We found it by accident really but it is on the border of both counties. Getting on the "things to do county" websites is probably the way forward.
Nonetheless we had a very memorable time. Recommended.

Thank Chris L
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Our second visit to this wonderful place, beautiful birds to admire & amazing flying displays by the wonderful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Cafe full of delicious lunch & cakes & we all enjoyed fussing the beautiful dogs. Highly recommended and a stunning place to support the vital conservation work done.

1  Thank Helen W
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