• Opportunity to handle and fly a variety of owls to the glove
• Owls flown may include; Siberian Eagle Owl, Great Grey Owl, Brown Asian Wood Owl, Indian Eagle Owl, Barn Owls and Tawny Owls
• Plenty of photo opportunities
• Allow up to two hours for this experience
• You will be part of a group of up to 15 participants
What Can I Expect
The master of silent flight, a prolific hunter and super-sensitive hearing - that’s the owl! Experience the true majesty and deftness of these feathered creatures at close quarters as you get to handle and fly some lovely owls on these experience days in Hertfordshire.
The company is headed up by Charlotte and her father John, so it’s a proper family affair. The location is superb in a field in the heart of the Rib Valley, situated between Welwyn and Harlow. And at neighbouring Westmill Farm park there are lots of things for all ages to see and do (payable locally), from crazy golf, to well-stocked fishing lakes and a superb restaurant. There’s even a campsite, so you could make a weekend of it!
The team has a wonderful collection of resident owls, some of whom you'll meet here in Herts. From Ouzo the Siberian Eagle Owl who’s a bit of a hunting supremo and James the Barn Owl with his gorgeous heart-shaped face, to Earl the brilliantly named Great Grey Owl and Saki the Brown Asian Wood Owl who has been hand-reared from the age of two weeks.
Owls are truly fascinating. During your two-hours on site you’ll discover that they come in all different shapes and sizes, but all of them have those mesmerising eyes and all of them can deftly turn their heads 270 degrees, giving them near enough all round vision. All the better for keeping an eye on their prey. They are carnivorous and some are even cannibals. Most are nocturnal and many have incredible hearing, allowing them to detect a mouse scurry away from a serious distance.
As well as meeting and hearing all about the history of owls, how they are trained (which, by their very nature, isn’t easy!) and how they hunt, you’ll also have plenty of handling time too. There’s something quietly exhilarating about the first time you pull on one of the falconer’s gloves for an owl to perch delicately on your hand. You get a serious close up of those ferocious claws, get to look into those big, big eyes and see the stunning tones and patterns in their feathers.
Of course, taking a camera to capture all these unmissable moments on your owl experience is essential. The owls that take part in these handling days are, whilst remaining the wild birds that they are, calm and relaxed in the company of humans and some love nothing more than having a bit of a squawk whilst posing for a selfie with you!
• Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, subject to availability
• Sessions operate at 10.30am-12.30pm, and 1pm-3pm
• Minimum age 10
• Under 16's must be accompanied by a participating or spectating adult
• Spectators are welcome for a £10 fee payable on the day
• Children under the age of 10 are free but must be accompanied by an adult that has purchased a spectator pass
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Stroking the Owls is not allowed as this removes the necessary oils from their feathers
• Please arrive 15 minutes before your booked session time
• Sensible outdoor clothing and covered footwear should be worn
• Animal Welfare Licence AW055 issued by Fenland District Council
• Ware, Hertfordshire