Throughout history, mankind has either held the Owl in high regard or as a symbol of death and destruction, luckily today these negative views are all just historical superstition and the Owl has become one of the most recognisable and loved Birds in the world.
Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre understands and shares in this love for Owls which is why we are very happy offer you our Owl Handling Experience specifically designed for adults. Whether for yourself or as a gift this new session offers the totally unique opportunity to come down, meet and fly some of our wonderful collection. From our characterful and tiny Little Owls, to the magnificent and awe-inspiring European Eagle Owl.
Our meeting point is our centre within Moss End Garden Village. Here you meet the falconers and have a quick safety talk and shown how to call and hold the birds correctly you are also given a falconry glove to use for the duration of the session.
Then its time to head out to the flying field where owls are flown to your glove whilst the falconer explains training techniques, individual characters, the habitats and lifestyles of each species, all the time allowing you plenty of opportunity to appreciate and photograph these exquisite works of nature.
The 1 hour Owl Experience is a group session and takes place Tuesdays to Sunday and are limited to 6 participants ages 16 and over, this includes any spectators.
How to book an Owl Handling Experience
1 – Gift Voucher or E-Voucher
The Owl Handling Experience is available as an E-Voucher or a physical Gift Voucher, both with a 1 years 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.
There is an option above for a 1 adult and 1 spectator voucher. Please select the appropriate drop down choice.
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 is the drop down ‘voucher options’ please select the Gift Voucher option.
2 – Specific Date
If you are looking for a specific date for your Owl Handling Experience, please call or email so that we can check the diary for you.
Please do not purchase this experience 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 Owl Handling Experience.
Redeeming your voucher
If you have been lucky enough to receive a gift voucher then redeeming it couldn’t be easier, 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 so please don’t leave it till the last minute!
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. Long sleeves are required for this experience but this can be as a removable layer.
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 same 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.