I bought a 1/2 day experience for my husband for his birthday and we went on Monday 20th May. The academy is in teh Barleylands environment but run seperately to it. Nigel who owns and runs the academy is a lovely friendly chap who is clearly devoted to all of the marvelous birds here and was very ably supported by Joe on the day we were there. As it was a weekday we pretty much had a one to one experience so were able to spend even longer learning about and handling the birds which was great. The day was very interesting and my husband handled a kestral, a peregrine and a peruvian striped owl and then we went outside to spend some time with Magic the owl and Gomzo the hooded vulture who is a complete character. After that we went to the fields with Gypsum. She is a sizeable lady who was absolutely beautiful to watch in flight especially when she came winging in to be fed. My husband really enjoyed his experience, I have some lovely photographs and we both learned heaps fo stuff. The birds all looked in excellent health and their environment is clean and calm and also well looked after. So thanks to Nigel and Joe and their feathered friends for such a marvellous day. I think this is something we may well repeat and we will definitely be back to see the general shows as well.
There are varying levels of expereinec to suit budget but I would recommend at the 1/2 day for sure. A very good day out and one that we have already recommended to friends.
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