The Barn Owl Centre. A registered charity dedicated to community education, conservation and bird welfare

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Our centre is dedicated to the welfare of barn owls & birds of prey

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Interaction with our birds on specially designed nature experiences

Photography Days

Our birds and centre make the perfect setting for photographers

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BIRD OF PREY EXPERIENCES

Hands-on Experiences where you fly our Birds.

Available by booking only throughout the year, we operate these experiencess from Tuesday to Sunday, details below.

We also cater for Schools, Birthday Parties, & all age groups. Evening bookings are available.

Our interactive, hands-on Bird of Prey Experiences have been operating successfully since 1997. When operating these experiences, our bird team dedicate their time & their experience to all guests & of course the birds you will be working with & flying.

We aim to provide all guests with a memorable experience with Bird of Preys.

Come & join us & make a booking with us, you won't be disappointed!

For the ideal gift, why not take a look at our Gift Vouchers by clicking here

All proceeds generated from our experiences help support our registered charity whose task is EDUCATION, CONSERVATION & BIRD WELFARE.

Please find below a selection of our Experiences
Directions on how to find us can be found below

 

 

Hawk & Owl Experiences

Tuesday to Sunday
Activity time from 12noon until 2pm

Operating all year round

Adult Participant - £35
Child Participant - £20 (9yrs to 15yrs)
Spectators - £20 per person.
Ideal for all especially Adult Groups & Businesses

Bookings can be made with or without gift vouchers
Credit Card facilities at reception

To check for an available date: Call 01452 383999

For Gift Vouchers (Click Here)

For our Image Gallery showing experiences (Click Here)

Cameras are welcome as this allows you to capture your experience.

  

 

Owl Flying Experiences

Tuesday to Sunday
Activity time from 4pm until 5.30pm

Operating all year round

Adult Participant - £15
Child Participant - £10 (4yrs to 15yrs)
Spectators - £10 per person.
Ideal for Families, Childrens Parties, Schools & Groups

Bookings can be made with or without gift vouchers
Credit Card facilities at reception

To check for an available date: Call 01452 383999
For Gift Vouchers (Click Here)

For our Image Gallery showing experiences (Click Here)

Cameras are welcome as this allows you to capture your experience. If flash needs to used, guidance will be given during your experience so we can take into the account the welfare of the birds you will be working with.

 

Come & enjoy one of our

5 hour Photography Experiences

Information, dates, prices & links can be found below

Prices below are based on a 5hr day where we bring photographers together

Photographers: £70 per person
Spectator or Assistant: £30 per person

For Gift Vouchers CLICK HERE
Bookings can be made with or without Gift Vouchers
Credit Card facilities at reception

For Photography Club bookings only, if you have a date you wish to put forward to us, please call us so we can help to accommodate.

We also cater for members groups from internet photography forums, magazines & junior groups.

Go to Photo Gallery to view images (Click Here)

For more details & available dates for the diary CLICK HERE

 

  

Once you have looked at the above, take a look at the below, we also cater for large groups too, such as schools, birthday parties & business groups. etc.

Gift Vouchers , An ideal present. (Click Here)
Birthday Parties
, Ages from 4yrs. (Click Here)
Group Talks Community groups. (Click Here)
Schools, Child Groups & Disabled Groups
Great for Scouts, Cubs, Brownies & Guides. etc


By coming to us we can make your visit much more interactive & hands-on with the birds.
We also have an indoor 70 seater facility where Owls can be flown & educational presentations can be given.

We can accommodate afternoons & evenings, if interested, give us a call on 01452 383999

Cameras are welcome as this allows you to capture your experience. If flash needs to used, guidance will be given during your experience so we can take into the account the welfare of the birds you will be working with.

More details below

 

How to Find us

Our address details

The Barn Owl Centre
Netheridge Farm
Netheridge Close
Hempsted
Gloucester
GL2 5LE

Tel: 01452 383999

The Centre is only open to arranged visits

Directions plus an important note for SAT NAV users. We can be found along the (A430) Hempsted Link Rd, opposite Hempsted Meadows or the Open Market, this section of road is also called Secunda Way.

For sat nav users simply stay on the link road until you see our signs, do not let your sat nav re-direct you, please note that we are not in Hempsted Village or down the Bristol Raod.

When you are on the A430 look for a small number of traditional road signs which will say Barn Owl Centre, these are small white signs with black lettering. When you see these signs you sre very close to arriving, now look out for our location sign above, this is right by the Centre's entrance & visable from the A430 as you approach a set of traffic lights. Now take the turning into Netheridge.

For a detailed map, please click on the above image has this will re-direct you to Google Maps

If you require our postal code, please enter GL2 5LE

Getting to us by Bus?
If you are catching the bus, please use bus number 14 or 14B
For further information with timetables, please
Click Here for the web site of Stagecoach.

Reception & Booking Office (Open all year round)

For anyone wishing to pick up a Bird of Prey Experience Gift Voucher, a sponsorship/membership gift or to pick up an Owl Nest Box, please call us first to arrange collection.
If you need to pay for an item, a payment can be made by cash or by credit card excluding American Express.

 

 

How to Find us

Our address details

The Barn Owl Centre
Netheridge Farm
Netheridge Close
Hempsted
Gloucester
GL2 5LE

Tel: 01452 383999

Important note for anyone using SAT NAV
Not all sat navs & maps will find us, for anyone who struggles to find us, we are just off the Hempsted link at Netheridge, this is close to the new canal bridge on the link road some distance from Hempsted Village.

Look for black & white signs for Barn Owl Centre or Hempsted Meadows, Hempsted Meadows is directly opposite us, this is the new Open Market & Car Boot.

For a detailed map, please click on the map or visit Google Maps & type in our postal code - GL2 5LE

 

Birds at the Centre
Species at the Centre range from: Barn Owls, Black Barn Owl, Little Owls, Tawny Owls, Long Eared Owls, European Eagle Owls, Great Horned Eagle Owl, Boobook Owl, Snowy Owl, Falcons, Harris Hawks, European Buzzards, Red tailed Buzzard, Kestrel & the majestic Golden Eagle.

Bird of Prey Flying Displays – Join us to encounter the close working relationship we have with our birds, whilst here you can enjoy a number of displays that are set within the farms natural environment.

Flying displays take place throughout the day from approximately 11.30am until 4.30pm

Indoor Flying Area for Rainy Days
In the event of bad weather, some of our birds can continue to be flown within our 70 seated indoor flying area.

 

 

 

Nature Reserve & Wildflower Meadow
Open to the public Sundays & Bank Holiday from 11am until 5pm

During the summer of 2009 we opened up the whole farm so visitors can view & enjoy our first 12½ Nature Reserve. For local wildlife, this is becoming a special site for an array of insect life such as Butterlies, Bees, Moths & Dragonflies. The birdlife is excellent & species can range from Owls, Kestrel, Buzzards, Warblers, Treecreeper, Woodpecker, & 3 pairs of nesting Grasshopper Warblers, which we are very pleased about.

We also have an excellent mature wildflower meadow that is nicely pathed like a maze, a great place for childen & parents to explore.

All in all the Barn Owl Centre's new home is improving all the time with the site maturing all the time. If you have a passion for wildlife photography, why not take your camera into our Nature Reserve to see what you can Photograph.

During the 2010 Winter & Spring 2011, plans are in place to create added habitats to encourage more diversity on the farm to benefit wildlife.

 

 

 

 

Barn Owl Centre – We offer support & advice to assist the conservation of wild owls & the rehabilitation of wild birds. Come & meet our conservation staff, there is always someone on-hand to discuss ways on how you can support Owl populations local to you.

Support provided for wild British Owls & Kestrel Projects
With many landowners now involved in their own conservation projects, why not come & visit us to see how we do things & view the habitats we are creating. During a visit you can share your experiences with our Conservation team, it is always a pleasure for us to hear what others are doing to support these beautiful birds.

If you are looking to acquire an Owl or Kestrel Nest Box, these can be purchased from our web shop (Here) or by visiting the Centre during opening times.