I took my mum to the Raptor Foundation for a birthday present - what a blooming great present it was!
Lovely setting and facilities, very professional and yet very friendly. Our guide for the day, Vicky (apologies if thats not correct!) was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and fielded lots of questions from us. We were in a group of 4 and it felt incredibly personal.
Having attended a similar day at Shuttleworth near Biggleswade with my Dad, this far FAR outstripped them - facilties, friendliness of staff and most importantly the experience - we handed sooo many birds, learnt about them, stroked them and really felt part of the place. We handled all sizes of owls from the cutest tiny ones to ones so heavy your arm ached and got to weigh them etc. We were then part of the flying display with other guests watching and i can guarantee if I were a guest watching us, i would be absolutely green with envy.
We got some amazing pictures and my Mum had a fantastic day, as did I. We were presented with a large photograph of us at the end with our chosen bird - we all loved the big Huge owl! - and its proudly on display in my house.
The foundation was explained in full and it is charity based with lots of the birds having been unfortunately mis-treated or unwanted pets - something none of us could understand - but to see them flourish in this environment was amazing - and the rappor the birds had with the handlers was simply heart warming. Watch out for Leo the owl that cant fly who hops around the park - he is simply gorgeous!
We finished our morning with a lovely hot lunch in their warm conservatory - with the sun beating down, hot dinner inside us, we had simply spent a truly perfect morning.
I cant recommend this place enough - having been to Shuttleworth, i was in a group of about 20 people and of that time probably spent about 30 minutes total in my whole visit handling the birds. At the Raptor Foundation? As soon as we started we handled THE sweetest tiny owl and made our way up in size.
Truly wonderful experience - I will be bringing family back here and my little girl in the future
Well done to all there - two very happy visitors left you on Sunday - but will definitely be back
Keep up the good work!
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