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Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

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Fabulous experience day

We attended the half day experience today with Adele and had a fantastic day. The birds are very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle H
Basildon, United Kingdom
via mobile

Fantastic experience flying the Harris Hawks and wandering around seeing the rest of the birds... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris J
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  • Average1%
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Welcome to the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. We are the leading Bird of Prey Centre in Essex, based at Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay. We are open to the public 362 days of the year, where you can enjoy our daily flying displays in...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD, England
+44 1268 520176
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 August 2014

I was treated to an afternoon "bird of prey experience" for my birthday and couldn't have enjoyed it more. Staff were very knowledgeable and informative and the small group meant that everyone got lots of hands-on opportunities to hold and fly a variety of birds....More

5  Thank Mell2806
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 August 2015 via mobile

5 of us came for the half day experience, 2 from the USA. Unfortunately Nigel was unwell so we were looked after by other volunteers at the academy (mainly George and Mark, who both seemed very nice people). Overall we had a good time. Our...More

1  Thank polarbear
mollie k, Manager at Imperial Bird of Prey Academy, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2015

Hello, I’m so disappointed to hear that your experience with us didn’t live up to expectations. As mentioned by yourself, it was luckless that your visit fell upon a rainy day. Unfortunately, we can never guarantee the weather and it was just a shame that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We attended the half day experience today with Adele and had a fantastic day. The birds are very well cared for and the staff full of knowledge, fun and having the opportunity to get close the birds was amazing. Thank you very much 😊

Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic experience flying the Harris Hawks and wandering around seeing the rest of the birds. Staff were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and patient.

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with my dad for an hours falconry experience and was really impressed. The birds were clearly well cared for and their enclosures were very clean and well maintained. Adele, the young lady that was instructing us on all things falconry was an absolute oracle...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely anniversary at Imperial bird of prey Academy! We chose a one hour experience during which we got to handle four birds. A very cute little grey owl called Zara, a kestrel called Grace, a common buzzard called Freya and a barn...More

Thank Sally B
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the bird of prey academy at Barleylands and had a amazing half day experience. Not only did we get close up and personal with the owls, hawks, buzzards and more we had the opportunity to fly them as well. After a very informative...More

1  Thank Simon W
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Excellent facility - well run, beautiful birds and made very special by the enthusiasm and skill shown by Adele, our brilliant bird handler. Her great contribution to the experience should be as an employee, rather than a volunteer

Thank georgeirving
Reviewed 8 October 2018

Had an amazing half day experience at Imperial Birds of prey at Barleylands, Adele the young lady that was our bird handler was so enthusiastic and informative about these beautiful birds. My husband and myself were intrigued with the whole experience.

Thank Rita O
Reviewed 30 September 2018

What a brilliant, once in a lifetime experience. Our jaws were aching just from grinning so much. Spending time seeing and handling these awesome birds was wonderful, and the staff are all knowledgeable, personable and clearly passionate about the birds in their care. I’ve learnt...More

Thank sarahZ961LE
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Just finished our bird of prey experience at Imperial Birds of Prey at Barleylands farm. We started with an hour of bird handling with Ryan who talked generally about birds of prey and specifically about the 3 birds we handled - white faced owl, kestral...More

Thank Lee P
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Cannot thank Faith and her team enough, the owl "Majesty" that delivered our rings was amazing and a great surprise for everyone!!!! We had such lovely feedback and our guest loved seeing and meeting all the birds whilst we were having our photos, it was...More

Thank Debra P
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Response from Nick W | Reviewed this property |
You can book on your own as I did. But there were 3 others there when I arrived
7 May 2016|
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Response from scox2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hello,I bought an experience with the bird of prey,it was £50 or there abouts,this included a talk about the birds,see the birds and handle some of them and a chance to fly the birds out side,my husband enjoyed it very... More