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The British Bird of Prey Centre

The British Bird of Prey Centre is based within 568 acres of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. 

Whilst you are at the centre you will be able to visit all of the birds in their houses (aviaries). You are welcome to do this as many time as you like during your visit.

All of our aviaries have been designed specifically for each individual species, so will all be slightly different. Most of our birds are captive bred and are therefore used to people. They would not survive if they had to go into the wild. We fly them all daily to give them a chance to be free, but they all like to come home and be warm and fed at the end of the day. 

What's on today

Flying Display

Amazing Flying Shows

Every day at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm you will be able to see our birds of prey flying within metres of you, whilst they show off their natural skills

We increased seating on our display area for the 2021 summer season, so there's lots of space for everyone.

Come and join us to learn about these amazing creatures. 

Group Flying Experience

30 minute Group Flying Experiences

No pre booking required

Group flying experiences take place every day at 2.30pm & 4.00pm. Tickets are available from our Centre shop.

This experience is for anyone who would like to enjoy the thrill of a bird of prey flying free and landing on their gloved hand.

Vouchers are also available as the most cost effective way to purchase. 

Private Flying Experiences

Private Flying Experiences

There are 3 different Private Experiences available everyday. 

Whether you have always wanted to fly a kestrel or if you want the family to meet the owls, this is your chance to spend time with your own dedicated falconer and some of your favourite birds. If you prefer to be photographing rather than flying birds of prey we cater for you as well. 

Prior booking for all Private Flying Experiences is essential!

Rusty Long eared owl

About Us

The background to the British Bird of Prey Centre goes back some 16 years, read the story here.  

Bird of prey in Flight

Access For All

At the British Bird of Prey Centre we take pride in ensuring we are accessible for everyone who wants to see and learn about our birds. We will be growing this resource to assist anyone who has particular needs.  

Please feel free to email us here if the information you require is not yet available. 

Hawk

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are just some of the questions we are asked regularly.  Hopefully we have answered the question you have already. If not do send us an email and we can add it to the resource for everyone.  

Daily Timetable

  

09:00am

Private Half Day Experience starts - Prior booking essential, find out more here

- See your confirmation email for entry instructions

10:00am

Gates Open - The British Bird of Prey Centre and The National Botanic Garden of Wales

11.30am

Flying Display (30-45 minutes)

 

Goshawk, Long-eared Owl, Gyr falcon, Snowy Owl & White-tailed Eagle

1.00pm

Private Owl Experience starts - Prior Booking Essential, find out more here

1.30pm  Flying Display (30-45 minutes)

 

Merlin Falcon, Little Owl, Red & Black Kites, Barn Owl & Golden Eagle

2.30pm 

Owl Flying Experience (max 15 participants) -  More information here

3.00pm

Private Hawk Walk Experience starts -  Prior Booking Essential, find out more here

3.00pm

Flying Display (30 minutes)

 

Peregrine Falcon, Tawny Owl, Common Kestrel & European Eagle

4:00pm 

Kite Flying Experience (max 15 participants) - More information here

 

*Please be aware that displays are subject to change due to the weather and the character of the bird. We cannot make them do what they do not want to! In the winter months displays may not include all species and are normally slightly shorter. If you are coming specifically to see a bird fly please get in touch and we can give you the most up to date flying schedule.

5:00pm

Centre Closes - The British Bird of Prey Centre

6:00pm 

Gates Close - The National Botanic Garden of Wales

What to expect...

  • Large outdoor spaces to social distance safely
  • Clearly marked queuing and ticketing 
  • Antibacterial hand dispensers at key points
  • One way systems in key areas including the Cafe
  • 2m seating to watch displays
  • LOTS OF FUN!

 

Your entry ticket to The British Bird of Prey Centre can be bought on arrival or if you like to be super organised, e-tickets are available here. This means you can enjoy a full day of activities for all of the family. To allow as many of you as possible to visit these beautiful native birds, the Centre ticket is just £1 per person. 

We fly our birds daily at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:00pm. Our display seating is designed to facilitate your enjoyment of the show and to maintain social distancing. Our show tickets are £3 per person and are purchased exclusively on your arrival at The British Bird of Prey Centre.

Once you enter the Garden we can be spotted to the left of Gatehouse, nestled up on the hillside amongst the trees. Follow the wooden sign posts or your map to find us. Our aviaries are designed specifically to house our native species. You will be able to walk around and see the birds in their own homes, watch them show off their talents in our flying displays or even try flying one yourself.  

As you approach the Centre, look for the large photograph of Hector our European Eagle Owl, our shop is just to the left through the double doors, where one of our team will be waiting to welcome you. There is a one way system in place once inside, so you can take your time enjoying meeting the birds. 

Hand dispensers have been positioned outside the shop and toilets so you can sanitise your hands before touching the handles. Additional cleaning schedules are in also in place around the Centre. 

 

Your ticket means you can come and go all day, so you can find a nice picnic spot to have some lunch, enjoy the other exciting things happening in the Garden and come back to the Centre as many times as you like during the day. 

Are your birds happy here?

This is a question we get asked a lot, so we thought we'd share with you some of the things we look out for to make sure our birds are enjoying life. See if you can spot any of the birds doing the following;

  • Standing on 1 leg
  • This is how birds sleep. So only very relaxed birds will sit like this during the day. They tuck their foot up into their chest feathers and it keeps it nice and warm. Once one leg gets tired, then they swap over. Could you imagine sleeping standing up on one leg? If they are really, really relaxed they might even lay down!
    • Tip: Look out for Enzo the Peregrine Falcon, he likes to sunbathe on a warm day
  • Making noise
    • All of the birds here are used to people and they understand that people feed them. So if they start to make a noise whilst you are watching them, they are probably asking if you have a mouse in your pocket! Noise is a good sign, as a scared bird would hide and make no noise at all. 
    • Tip: If you can't see a bird say their name, they might answer you
  • Having a bath
    • We all know that taking a bath in public would be a bit scary and its no different for the birds. They like their privacy when they bathe, so if they have decided to have a bath whilst you are there then they must be feeling very comfortable.
    • Tip: Atlantis usually has a bath after every show
  • Preening
    • This is how a bird 'brushes its hair'. They put special oils on each feather with their beak, pulling it from the top to the bottom. This keeps the feathers in good condition and gives them a water resistance, which is very important here in Wales.   
  • Sleeping
    • It is very unlikely you will see a bird completely asleep during the day at the centre, but if you do see a bird without a head then there is no need to worry. Birds sleep with their heads tucked back under their wing. It gives the impression they have no head at all! 
    • Tip: Puddle and Flint sometimes take an afternoon nap

e-gift vouchers are available for all of our experiences

Our gift vouchers arrive instantly and can be printed off by you for that perfect gift. All vouchers are valid for a year and include entry into the National Botanic Garden of Wales and The British Bird of Prey Centre.

The British Bird Of Prey Centre

What our visitors say about us...

"A purpose built centre, very airy, spacious, bright and clean"

Sailbad001 - Tripadvisor

"Having a White-Tailed Sea Eagle with a 2m wingspan fly within touching distance of you is a unique 'wow' moment"

Adam G - TripAdvisor

"The bird of prey centre was absolutely amazing, fantastic collection of birds and great staff"

GoPlaces778070 - TripAdvisor

Other great reasons to visit us at 

The National Botanic Garden of Wales

PLEASE NOTE: Some facilities and areas of the Botanic Garden are subject to restriction to comply with Welsh Government Covid Guidelines. We apologise for any inconvenience, but appreciate your understanding and assistance. For further information see the National Botanic Garden of Wales website. 

THE STABLE BLOCK

THE STABLE BLOCK

The Stable Block houses our Seasons Restaurant, Gift Shop, Oriel Yr Ardd Gallery, Reception area and offices.

Y POT BLODYN

Y POT BLODYN

A lovely place to eat, drink and buy some wonderful plants for your garden.

CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

CHILDRENS PLAY AREA

This highly imaginative adventure zone is a place for children to jump, crawl, tumble, slide and swing.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

BUTTERFLY GARDEN

This hot and steamy glasshouse is alive with a kaleidoscope of colourful butterflies from across the tropical world.

GREAT GLASSHOUSE

GREAT GLASSHOUSE

This spectacular dome is the largest single-span great glasshouse in the world.

ORIEL YR ARDD GALLERY

ORIEL YR ARDD GALLERY

Tucked into a corner of our Stable Block is our Oriel yr Ardd Gallery.

Birds of Prey