The Family Owl Encounter is perfect for those that want to delve deeper into the what makes owls so amazing. Can they really turn their heads all the way around? Do all owls hoot? Are ghosts really just Barn Owls? Discover the answers to these questions and much much more with our brand new, unique and educational Family Owl Encounter.
The Family Owl Encounter is a 1 hour private session designed to allow you and your family, up to 6 people, to learn more about these amazing birds, witnessing up close their stunning adaptations and discovering what makes them such deadly and efficient hunters?
The Family Owl Encounter takes place outside in our seated outdoor learning area. After a quick health and safety talk you are introduced to one of our amazing Barn Owls to learn all about their adaptations and abilities. Then we have a close look at feathers, their skeleton and chat about how owls are doing in the UK. After this we look at Owl pellets and have fun breaking them down and seeing what the owls had for dinner. The grand finale is having the chance to hold one of our amazing owl team and take lots of fabulous photos.
Please note handling the owls can only be done by those over 6 years old, but youngsters are welcome to join in the rest of the Family Owl Encounter.
How to book a Family Owl Encounter
1 – Gift Voucher or E-Voucher
The Family Owl Encounter is available as an E-Voucher or a physical Gift Voucher, both with a 1 year validity, making them an ideal present for family and friends. Both voucher are personalised to the recipient of the voucher so don’t forget to add their name to the ‘recipient’ box on the payment page.
The E-Voucher is sent via email within 24 hour of your purchase (they are personalised so not automatically created), which you can then print off yourself. The option for this is above when selecting the drop down ‘voucher options’ please select the E-Voucher option.
The Gift Voucher are a physical voucher that we hand write and post out, so you have something lovely to wrap up and gift. There is an additional £3 charge for this voucher. The option for the Gift Voucher is in the drop down ‘voucher options’ please select the Gift Voucher option.
2 – Specific Date
If you are looking for a specific date to do your Family Owl Encounter on, please call or email so that we can check the diary for you.
Please do not purchase this encounter without checking the availability if you are looking for a specific date, as our sessions and encounters can fill up months in advance. Once you are confirmed in the diary we will then ask you to return here to make payment.
Payment is always taken in advance for the Family Owl Encounter.
Redeeming a Gift Voucher
If you have been lucky enough to receive a Family Owl Encounter gift voucher then redeeming it is very simple.
Simply drop us an email using the Contact Us form or via firstname.lastname@example.org with an idea of days that you can make, i.e. let us know if you can only make weekends or if you can do week days and we will let you know all the spaces we have available. Weekend and school holidays fill up months in advance. Please also include the name on the gift voucher, your voucher number and a contact phone number.
This session is designed for all ages but works best for those with children as a brilliantly unique learning experience. If you are an adult in love with owls we would suggest our adult only Owl Handling Experience where you get the chance to fly a range of our beautiful owls.
Things to know
Weather – sessions may be weather dependant, if we plan to cancel we will contact you early in the morning to rearrange your session.
What to wear – all our sessions and experiences take place out doors so we recommend suitable clothing and foot wear as it is often colder than you would think when you are flying birds.
Covid-19 – we are currently working in smaller groups, adhering to social distancing, using a one way system around the centre and asking everyone to use hand gel at the entrance to the site and once you have finished with the falconry gloves.
Cameras – Dont forget to bring your camera with you as our birds are very photogenic ( we can’t say the same for the falconers though!!)
Handling Age – some of our sessions are adult only, including spectators, this is made clear in the Experience description above and on your gift voucher cover letter. Our minimum age for handling is 6 years old.
Where sessions take place and what is available there – all our sessions take place at Moss End Garden Village, Maidenhead Road, Bracknell RG42 6EJ. Moss End Garden Village has parking facilities, toilets, cafe and many other shops on site.