'the owlery' – indoor Owl sanctuary with flying demonstration area, open all year, just 3½ miles from the centre of Bath
Owls are amongst the most popular and fascinating Birds of Prey and you can now enjoy a delightful encounter with some of those who have become part of our foster-family at West of England Falconry.
Available throughout the year in an under-cover setting* – just 3½ miles west of Bath!
During a visit to 'The Owlery' at West of England Falconry you'll be able to view all our publicly accessible birds in their aviaries, talk to the staff and volunteers who look after them, and learn more about each species. The Owlery forms part of our Bird of Prey Rescue Centre at Newton St Loe and features a spacious, netted 'hacking pen' in which visitors who wish to can handle, feed and experience the thrill of having a trained owl 'fly to the glove' in a safe, supervised, indoor environment*.
Owls currently resident at The Owlery:
Bengal Eagle owl
Bengal Eagle Owl
European Eagle Owl
Great Horned Owl
You'll have the opportunity to learn more about each species and where they originate from during your visit.
Family group and school group visits: The Owlery is a fascinating learning experience for children and we welcome family group and school group visits. The minimum age limit for unaccompanied young people is 16. Our head falconer is DBS (formerly CRB) checked – please contact us to find out more and to discuss your visit plans.
Activity visits: The Owlery presents a great opportunity for photography, drawing and painting. Individuals and activity groups are most welcome – please contact us to find out more.
Join in feeding & flying: The owls you will see during your visit will, in the main, be long-term, fostered residents which have been trained to fly to and feed from the glove. If you choose to participate in feeding and flying them please be aware that their diet is raw meat and that they eat a measured amount of food once each day. We provide all the necessary falconer's equipment, guidance and protective gloves for handling raw meat.
Visiting hours/visit duration: Visits last up to 1 hour and can be booked by appointment between 10am and 4pm.
*Whilst located in a permanent building and therefore fully under-cover, the Owlery is not totally enclosed. You will therefore be protected from bad weather during your visit but it can become chilly when the outdoor temperature drops (please see 'Important Information' towards the foot of this page). Feeding/flying experiences are offered subject to availability (determined by our birds' individual welfare/ exercise/ feeding requirements).
How to arrange your 'Owl Encounter'
- Visits strictly by appointment only
- Dogs are not permitted in The Owlery (please contact us if you are an assistance dog user)
Tel: 01225 971708 or 07766 767153
You can also e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
West of England Falconry is situated at The Grain Store, Newton St Loe, BA2 9BT. Please see our map and directions. The Owlery is fully accessible to wheelchair users and to those with other mobility challenges.
'Owl Encounter' prices
Unless you are redeeming a pre-paid Gift Voucher, payment must be made on arrival – you can pay by debit or credit card, cheque or cash.
- 1 participant: £25.00
- 2 participants: £30.00
- 3 participants: £40.00
- 4 participants: £50.00
Maximum of four participants – please contact us for larger group prices.
'Owl Encounter' gift vouchers
We are an independent charity so please help us by 'Gift Aiding' your payments(s). Gift Aid forms will be available for you to complete on arrival.
Our aviaries are on private land and are only accessible by appointment. CCTV security cameras are in operation at all times.
Safety: All visitors will be asked to confirm that they understand the limited risks inherent in interacting with our trained birds and that they will, at all times, follow instruction and take due care and responsibility for their safety and the safety of others during visits. In the event that you choose to participate in handling our birds we will provide you with advice and the specialist equipment required. Individuals or the responsible person in a group may be asked to sign our Risk Assessment and Disclaimer Form during a visit. You can download a copy of our Risk Assessment and Disclaimer Form here.
Suitable clothing: 1) If you'd like to participate in a feeding and flying experience in the Owlery's hacking pen we would strongly encourage you to wear flat shoes and long-sleeved clothing which will ensure you can fully and safely enjoy the experience of having one of our birds alight on and take flight from your hand. 2) You will be protected from bad weather during your visit but the Owlery can become chilly when the temperature drops outside.
If you cannot attend your booked visit please let us know, either by phone or email, giving us as much notice as possible.
Weather considerations: Owl Encounters can be booked throughout the year, however we reserve the right to postpone visits and offer alternatives dates in the event of extreme weather conditions.
Photography and video: We positively encourage visitors to record their Owl Encounter on camera and we appreciate the opportunity take our own photos and videos for promotional and publicity purposes (including publication on Social Media). Please be sure to answer the photographic permission question on our Risk Assessment and Disclaimer Form which asks whether or not you are happy to be included in any photos/videos we may take.
Numbers: For the time being we cannot allow more than 10 visitors in The Owlery at any one time (school and young people's activity groups excepted which will be subject to enhanced supervision arrangements).