National Bird of Prey Centre

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National Bird of Prey Centre

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ConD79
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A fun day with meadhbh
Dec 2020 • Friends
Had a fantastic hawk walk at the centre. the birds are stunning and well cared for.
Got to hang out with with some owls snd fly the very skillful maedhbh, the harris hawk. great fun and a lovely activity ^_^
Written 19 December 2020
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Ciara L
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Hawk walk and owl experience
Sep 2020 • Couples
What a place to visit. Had an exceptional time on the hawk walk. Got to learn all about the boards and get up close to them. We also got to walk and see Maggie the hawk fly, got to meet an owl. Donal was an excellent and friendly host. Coudnt recommend this place highly enough
Written 20 September 2020
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MariaPaul2014
Dublin, Ireland20 contributions
Fantastic
Aug 2020 • Couples
Fantastic experience. Enjoyed every second. Definitely worth a visit. Will definitely be back for another experience with the Hawks.
Written 24 August 2020
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Sarahkinir
2 contributions
Amazing experience
Aug 2020 • Couples
Absolutely the best tour I've ever experienced. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and so nice to talk to. It's so evident that he has a genuine love for these birds. He treats them like his family and it was such an honour to be able to share this experience. I really felt like the value for money was too good. We had so much time to learn about all the birds and he really listened to every question we had and was so patient. Bringing out a hawk was so invigorating and I couldn't recommend it more. I don't often review things but I felt like everyone should know what an amazing experience this is and I really really couldn't recommend it more. If you want a good day out then put this number one on your list because you will not find a better experience. I will definitely return.
Written 12 August 2020
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Louise D
3 contributions
An experience to be repeated
Aug 2020 • Friends
Amazing, entertaining handler. Birds obviously well cared for. Priscilla the baby owl was probably my favourite part but watching Maggie the hawk swooping down from her perch in the old tree was amazing too. All round great experience!
Written 3 August 2020
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Shauna H
Castleknock, Ireland2 contributions
AMAZING
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had an amazing day on Sunday with our guide Donal on the owl experience. He was extremely knowledgeable and an absolute gent! Would highly recommend the National Bird of Prey Centre.
Written 27 July 2020
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Barbara-BrookeMorales-Murphy
London, UK677 contributions
just amazing!
Dec 2019 • Friends
This was the second time we have visited the national bird of prey centre in the stunning Russborough house County Wicklow. The house itself is worth visiting, the architecture and art collection, the gardens and lovely gift and coffee shop.
The bird of prey centre is part of the estate. There are all different kind of birds, birds of prey, owls, ...
We book an owl experience with the very kind and knowledgeable Donal. He showed us around and explaining all the different birds to us. He brought out a good few different types of owls for us to admire and hold. We were also brought on a hawk walk, the very charming hawk accompanying us, landing on our arms, fetching items in mid air.
Easily booked online. A great experience for all bird lovers.
Written 1 December 2019
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H R
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Soaring Hawk. Soaring Heart.
Oct 2019 • Friends
So great an experience - a review of the Hawk Walk won't do it justice. Having a harrier hawk glide towards you at speed and then land gently on your arm is not easily described - just makes your heart soar. The introduction to resident birds of prey, combined with insights into the centre's work in education and conservation, and a rundown on the ancient sport of falconery added hugely to an afternoon that was both exhilarating and educational.
Honestly wasn't sure I'd enjoy this but wanted to treat my friend to a gift I thought she'd enjoy. She was enthralled as was l. Big shout out to our expert and passionate guide Donal. Highly recommended.
Written 19 October 2019
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Lt_Shade
Athlone, Ireland198 contributions
Great day out flying Owls
Sep 2019
As my wife is a huge fan of owls I was very happy to discover the National Bird of Prey centre. I booked the owl experience were a highly knowledgeable expert with talk you through several owls. During the talk you will be allowed to handle some of the birds.

After the talk you are brought out to a field where you are able to fly an owl. Once you are finished flying the owl you are brought on a tour of all the other birds in the centre. There are even some celebrity birds there with one of the eagles appearing in numerous shows including "Vikings".

The centre also nurses birds that are injured back to health and appears to be involved with the reintroduction of birds of prey to Ireland. It was also nice to hear them explain the danger of rat poisons to these animals as it is something people might not have though about.
Written 17 September 2019
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caro730
Hobart, Australia5 contributions
Amazing, a highlight of our Europe trip!
Aug 2019
We booked a hawk walk for our family of 4. We started with a group learning about the different birds at the centre which was very informative and we all had a favourite! It was then time to meet some birds individually and maybe have a pat but our hawk, Maggie, was ready for her walk. The weather wasn’t kind to us as it was blowing a little to much for her to fly comfortably but our guide was amazing, we moved locations a number of times to suit Maggie and we all had a number of opportunities to call her and have land on us. There were plenty of treats for her and we got some great photos. We headed back to the centre and as we had missed the interaction with the other birds we then experienced a personal interaction with a number of owls including a gorgeous baby barn owl. Would highly recommend, my children now want to move to Ireland so they can learn the art of falconry!
Written 4 September 2019
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