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A fun day with meadhbh

Had a fantastic hawk walk at the centre. the birds are stunning and well cared for. Got to hang... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2020
Conor D
via mobile
Hawk walk and owl experience

What a place to visit. Had an exceptional time on the hawk walk. Got to learn all about the boards... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2020
swimmingcatlady
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Reviewed 19 October 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2019
3  Thank H R
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Reviewed 17 September 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.

Date of experience: September 2019
3  Thank Lt_Shade
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Reviewed 4 September 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!

Date of experience: August 2019
3  Thank caro730
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Reviewed 1 September 2019

A wonderful experience, Learned so much about the different birds and I was fascinated by the golden eagle James. We were given a tour and had our many questions answered by the lovely Carol. We got hold the birds and take selfie's too!! Would highly recommend for a family day out. Will be back again!

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 29 August 2019

Would highly recommend a trip to the national bird of prey centre. The staff were very welcoming, and knowledgeable- gave us a tour, and were happy to answer any questions we had. The kids were fascinated, and even got to hold a little owl for a few minutes. Such an unusual place to visit, and lovely to see how passionate the staff are about the conservation and welfare of the birds. We also enjoyed a gorgeous walk on the grounds of Russborough house afterward. Will 100% return.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Nelzer32
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