Get up close and personal with some majestic birds of prey with this 2 and half hour Owl Experience in Devon.
- Cullompton (Devon)
- Price for 1 Participant
If you know someone in the South West who gives a hoot about wildlife, this half day owl encounter is the perfect experience that gives them the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful, powerful and totally fascinating birds of prey!
The experience starts with an introduction to the Bird of Prey centre that is home to these beautiful creatures. You’ll meet the birds too of course, encountering a range of different types of Owl including the Barn Owl, the Black Barn Owl, Eagle Owls (Bengal and European), Snowy Owls, Pharaoh Owls, the Mexican Striped Owl and even the strangely named Tropical Screech! As well as learning about the habits, diets and behaviour of these winged predators, you’ll get the opportunity to handle and fly a selection of the birds too. Your guide will provide you with all necessary safety gear and give you all the pointers you need for handling the owls, so you’re in good hands. This owl encounter gives you an incredible and rare opportunity to really get up close and personal with one of the most fascinating species of bird in the world! The experience will last around 2.5 hours and takes place both indoors and outside – giving you plenty of time and space to really get to know these beautiful birds!
If you’re a fan of feathered friends, or you’re looking for a superb experience gift for a nature lover in the Devon area, this Owl Experience is the perfect present, and is guaranteed to have them in a flap!
This Owl Experience is available from Wednesdays - Sundays, throughout the year. It will be run as a morning session only.
*This experience will not be available from December 2016 to mid March 2017 due to a Bird Flu warning restriction.
The centre is due to re open on 15th March 2017.
Minimum Age: 7 years
Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult, paying the £10.00 spectator fee.Please note that dogs will not be allowed on site.
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 02:00
The Owl Experience lasts for approximately 2 and a half hours. Sessions take place in the mornings, ONLY.
Participants: The Owl Experience in Devon is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 10
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Maximum group size: 10 participantsSpectators may wish to come along, for an additional £10.00 - this can be paid upon arrival. You are welcome to bring along your own camera to take photographs and videos of your loved ones.
Please dress appropriately for the weather - this is both an indoor and outdoor experience, and the falconry shed can be chilly. Suitable, sturdy footwear is required throughout the year.
This Owl Experience in Devon will run in most weather conditions, however if your experience is cancelled due adverse conidtions, the centre will re-schedulde your experience for an alternative date.
You will need to contact the centre 48 hours before your experience is due to start to ensure it is going ahead.
We’re very pleased to be able to announce a new addition to the ever-expending selection of Bird of Prey and Falconry experience days available on our website…Yarak Birds of Prey, in Devon. I decided to catch up with John – falconry extraordinaire – to find out some exclusive, inside scoop, just for you lovely readers! Check out my interview below…
The interest came from my Grandfather who kept and hunted birds of prey. I have taught falconry courses for many years and in 1997 decided to open a private centre for enthusiasts.
Yarak was moved from Oxfordshire to its present location in Devon. The centre mainly focuses on experience days for people wanting to handle and fly birds themselves. We are now also open to the public to come and see our birds fly.
And where does the name “Yarak” originate from?
Yarak is a falconry term derived from Persian and means “super alert, hungry but not weak, and ready to hunt.”
Well there’s something we didn’t know! So tell me…how did a passion for wildlife turn into a career?
I have been a falconer for many years and turning it into a business was a natural thing to do.
Do you have any exclusive information you can share with us?
Yarak is going from strength to strength and caters for all ages. We are well connected to schools and colleges and run educational days for them where children of all ages can learn about raptors in the wild.
We are running Owl evenings where people can come and experience how these birds use silent flight to hunt and also how they are able to fly during darkness.
These are being held on the following dates in the evening, from 6pm – 8pm: August 15th, October 31st and December 19th.
The difference between our experiences and other centres is that most other centres are attached to theme parks so customers and birds have to put up with all sorts of things happening around them. Yarak is a rural stand-alone centre that exclusively concentrates just on Raptors and our customers. Here our customers are treated as individuals on a first name basis – unlike theme park centres where they are really just a £ sign!
And is there a particular crowd-pleaser?
All of our birds are popular with our guests but more so the Owls, as people find them intriguing – the fact that they can fly silently and the ability they have in their head movements.
What’s your most frequently asked question from customers?
The most frequently asked questions are usually : How do you get them to come back to you?
Are they hard to manage if you wanted to own one?
Do they make good pets?
…if you want to find out the answers to these common questions, then we’d suggest you get yourself down to Yarak Bird of Prey centre, to find out! You can check out their awesome Full Day, Half Day, and Owl experiences online and purchase a voucher or two for your wildlife-loving friends on our site – you won’t be disappointed!