North Somerset Bird Of Prey Centre
North Somerset Bird Of Prey Centre

North Somerset Bird of Prey Centre

Smallway Leisure Park

Smallway

Congresbury

BS49 5AA

 

Zoo License: 2021/38241


For alll bookings, enquires and injured wildlife please email nsbopc@aol.co.uk

HOW TO CONTACT US

 

Please email nsbopc@aol.co.uk and a member of the team will get back to you as quickly as possible. Please be patient when waiting for replies, we have over 150 animals whos care is our number 1 priority!

 

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EXPERIENCE DAYS & GIFT VOUCHERS

 


IMPORTANT!   Please note...

 

- When purchasing an Experience, a gift voucher will be automatically emailed to you within five working days

To purchase a gift voucher please scroll to the bottom of this page and select the experience you would like to buy

 

Please see the FAQ at the end of this page for more information
 

RAPTOR EXPERIENCE

Duration: 45 minutes of bird handling   Price: £39 pp

Gift vouchers available

Spectator tickets available

 

This falconry taster session is a wonderful way to get a very close encounter with our Birds of Prey! Meet and handle a small variety of our birds of prey before heading to Heather's Coffee Shop next door for a delicious cake and hot drink all included in the price! Don't forget to grab some photographs of your new feathered friends to show all your friends and family. A perfect treat for someone you love or why not treat yourself!

 

Additional info:

This is a group experience. Minimum age for participants is 8 years old. Spectators are welcome for an additional £10pp payable on the day. Spectator ticket does not include refreshments but they can be purchased separately on the day. Comfortable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear is recommended. This experience is ran on Fridays and Saturdays at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Pre booking is essential.

OWL EXPERIENCE   

Duration: 2 hours   Price: £49.00 pp

Gift Vouchers available

Spectator tickets available

 

The ultimate experience for Owl lovers! Join us to handle, fly and learn all about different species of owls and their amazing abilities. You will meet many species of owls from our tiny Indian Scops owl, to our huge Eurasian Eagle owl and of course there are the British Barn owls and Tawny owls too. Throughout the experience you will have the unforgettable chance to meet and handle the owls, ask questions and take photographs to capture all those special moments. You will even have the chance to fly one of these beautiful creatures yourself!

 

Additional info:

This is a group experience. Minimum age for participants is 8 years old. Spectators are welcome for an additional £10pp payable on the day. Comfortable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear is recommended. This experience is ran on Fridays and Sundays at 9.30am, 12pm and 2.30pm. Pre booking is essential.

BIRD OF PREY ENCOUNTER    

Duration: 90 minutes      Price: £49.00 pp  

Gift vouchers available

Spectator tickets available

 

Our Bird of Prey Encounter offers you the chance to come face to face with some of natures most impressive creations! You will meet several species of owls, as well as a hawk and a falcon. As well as having the chance to handle the different birds and photograph them, you will also have the opportunity to fly one! An unforgettable experience and perfect for all bird lovers.

 

Additional info:

This is a group experience. Minimum age for participant is 10 years old. Spectators are welcome for an additional £10pp payable on the day.  Comfortable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear recommended. This experience is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Pre booking is essential.

FALCONRY DAY  

Duration: 4 hours    Price: £89.00 pp 

Gift Vouchers available

Spectator tickets available

 

Ever wanted to become a falconer for the day? Well now you can! Learn how we care for the birds and just what's involved in training them. You will meet and handle a range of birds like our stunning Goshawk, our adorable Owls, our super smart Hawks and the incredible size and power of our Eagle owls. As well as handling many species of owls, hawks and falcons, you will also be flying them! There will also be plenty of photo opportunities to capture those special moment. You will be sure to leave with some interesting facts and a favourite of course!  Includes refreshments.

 

Additional info:

This is a group experience. Minimum age for participant is 10 years old.  Spectators are welcome for an additional £20pp payable on the day. Comfortable outdoor clothing and sensible footwear recommended. This experience is ran Wednesday-Sunday at 10am. Pre booking is essential.

ULTIMATE PREDATOR EXPERIENCE

Duration: 90 minutes bird handling   Price: £99 pp

Gift vouchers available

 

This unique experience is a fantastic way to get up close and personal with 4 top raptor predators. You'll meet and feed our curious and intelligent Vultures, Bones & Reaper, who will leave you feeling very differently about Vultures and their incredible importance in our natural world. Then it's off to meet our Eagle Owls who are the largest species of owl in the world and top of their food chain, after holding them you'll certainly see why! Our charming Harris Hawks are unique in the bird world in that they actively hunt in organised family groups, earning their nickname 'Wolves of the Sky'. As well as handling our Harris Hawks you will also have the opportunity to fly him directly to your gloved hand! Finally, you'll get to meet and handle Buckbeak our young Steppe Eagle. Endangered in the wild and with numbers still decreasing, he will not only leave you in awe of his size and power, but you'll also leave with a greater understanding of their plight in the wild. To cap a memorable experience, you will also be given a lunch voucher to redeem at Heather's Coffee Shop right next door.

 

Additional info:

This experience is held in groups of 1 or 2 people. Minimum age is 16 years old, under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult. We are not able to accommodate spectators on this experience. Visitors must be able bodied as enclosures are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable outdoor clothing (preferably long sleeves and trousers) and sensible footwear such as boots or wellies are recommended. This experience is ran on Wednesdays-Sundays at 11.30am. Pre booking is essential.

MEET THE ANIMALS

Duration: 1 hour   

Price: £125 for two people

Gift vouchers available

 

This unique experience will allow you to meet and interact with some of our amazing animals. Each animal that calls the centre home has its own story which we would be delighted to share with you. During the experience you may find out about the quirky personality of Alejandro our Hairy Armadillo and his incredible adaptations. You may also get to say hello to some of the rarer animals like Kylo Ren the Silver Fox or Twinkle the Tenrec. As well as meeting our amazing animals, you'll get an insight into the conservation and rescue work that our talented team of keepers undertake. From snakes to skunks and owls to foxes, you'll meet a fantastic selection of animals that are guaranteed to steal your hearts. 

 

Additional info:

This experience is held in groups of up to 4 people. Minimum age 10 years old. Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult. We are not able to accommodate spectators on this experience. Animals are selected on the day, unfortunately although we always do our best, we cannot guarantee requests of specific animals or species. Long sleeves & trousers and sensible footwear recommended. Please do not wear strong scents or perfumes/aftershaves. Visitors must be able bodied as enclosures are not wheelchair accessible. This experience is held daily. Pre booking is essential.

JUNIOR KEEPER EXPERIENCE

Duration: 2.5 hours

Price: £155 for one child and £225 for two children

Gift vouchers available

 

The junior keeper experience is an exciting half day experience designed for children aged 8-15 and is perfect for animal lovers or those considering a zookeeping career. But be warned, you will be expected to join in with the cleaning too, just like a real zookeeper! The morning will start with feeding some of our mammals their breakfasts which may include foxes, skunks and ferrets. Once everyone is fed and clean, we will move onto giving our birds of prey their morning exercise. You'll slip on a falconers glove and call our owls to your outstretched hand, a truly unforgettable experience! Finish the day by meeting and handling some of our educational contact animals including rodents, reptiles and Alejandro the armadillo!

 

Additional info:

This is a private experience. Suitable for children aged 8-15 years old. Includes complementary ticket for one accompanying guest  who must be over 18. If purchasing for two children, two adults can attend free of charge. Additional adult guests can attend for £25pp. Comfortable, outdoor clothing and boots or wellies are essential for all participants. Participants must be able bodied as enclosures are not wheelchair accessible. This experience is held Wednesdays-Sundays 10am-12.30pm. Pre booking is essential.

 

 

RARE AND ENDANGERED SPECIES EXPERIENCE

Duration: 2 hours

NOW 20% off for one person and 25% off for two people!

Discounted price: £199 for 1 person or £290 for 2 people

 

This unique experience will allow you to meet and closely interact with some of the endangered species that call NSBOPC home. Starting with hot drinks on arrival, our dedicated animal keepers and conservationists will brief you about the morning and answer any questions you may have. Then it's onto some close encounters with our animals! You will meet and handle an endangered species of owl and falcon learning about their wild cousins on the way. Then it's time to set up in size with our Steppe eagle, Buckbeak - handle him and feed him his lunch - if you are feeling brave enough! Onto some of the centre's rarer animals with our Corsac foxes (we are only one of five U.K. zoos to house these tiny foxes!), our Binturong (is it a bear, is it a cat?! find out whilst feeding him his favourite treat - bananas!) and our armadillo, Alejandro! Finally, there is the option to handle our Hog Island Boa, Pandora (if you are not a fan of snakes feel free to decline but she really is exceptional and the story of how they were brought back from the edge of extinction is one not to miss)

Learning all about our endangered species and having up close interactions is something rather special, but you will also be safe in the knowledge that you will be directly helping their wild cousins. With every experience purchased, 10% is donated directly to ABConservation who are the only association in the world entirely dedicated to the study and protection of Binturongs. 

 

Additional info:

This is a private experience. Minimum age is 16 years old. Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult. We cannot accommodate spectators on this experience. Participants must be able bodied as enclosures are not wheelchair accessible. Comfortable, outdoor clothing and boots or wellies are required. This experience is ran Wednesdays-Sundays 10.30am-12.30pm. Pre booking is essential.

ZOOKEEPER FOR THE DAY

Duration: 5 hours

Price: £299 for one person or £399 for two people

Gift vouchers available

 

During this experience we can offer you the unique opportunity to experience a day in the life of a zookeeper, but be warned, you will also be expected to join in with the cleaning too! Help our keepers prepare the animals daily diets and learn a little more about each of their needs. We will then head out to feed some of our mammals their breakfasts which may include foxes, binturong, raccoons, skunks and ferrets. After a morning of feeding the animals, its time to feed you so we stop for lunch at Heathers Coffee Shop next door. It's then onto the birds and time to give some of them their daily exercise. You'll slip on a falconers glove and call our raptors to your gloved hand. A truly unforgettable experience! More feeds to be completed in the afternoon followed by some fun enrichment activities for some of the zoos animals. We finish the action packed day by introducing you to some of the educational contact animals which may include rodents, reptiles and an armadillo! This is a private experience.

 

Additional info:

This is a private experience. Experience starts at 10am until approx 3pm. Minimum age 16 years old and under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult. We cannot accommodate spectators on this experience. Comfortable, outdoor clothing and boots or wellies are essential for all participants. Participants must be able bodied as enclosures are not wheelchair accessible. This experience is held Wednesdays-Sundays. Pre booking is essential.

Raptor Experience
39.00 GBP

Raptor Experience

Raptor
Owl Experience
49.00 GBP

Owl Experience

OWL
Bird of Prey Encounter
49.00 GBP

Bird of Prey Encounter

BOP EXP
Falconry Day
89.00 GBP

Falconry Day

FALCONRY EXP
Ultimate Predator Experience
99.00 GBP

Ultimate Predator Experience

Predator
Meet the Animals
125.00 GBP

Meet the Animals Experience for two people

MTA
Junior Keeper Experience for 1
155.00 GBP

Junior Keeper Experience for one person

JKE 1
Junior Keeper Experience for 2
225.00 GBP

Junior Keeper Experience for two people

JKE 2
Rare and Endangered Species for 1
199.00 GBP

Rare and Endangered Species Experience for one person

Endangered 1
Rare and Endangered Species for 2
290.00 GBP

Rare and Endangered Species Experience for two people

Endangered 2
Zookeeper For The Day for 1
299.00 GBP

Zookeeper for the day for one person

ZKD 1
Zookeeper For The Day for 2
399.00 GBP

Zookeeper for the day for two people

ZKD 2

 

EXPERIENCE DAYS FAQ

 

How do I book an Experience Day?

Please email nsbopc@aol.co.uk to book a date for your experience. If you have only one date in which you can attend, please email for availability before purchasing.

 

How far in advance do I need to book?

The earlier the better. Our Experience Days so get extremely busy especially at weekends, we therefore recommend booking at least 6 weeks in advance.

 

I'd like to purchase an Experience Day voucher as a gift, what happens next?

You can purchase an Experience Day gift voucher above. Gift vouchers are valid for a period of 12 months.

 

I've purchased my voucher, what happens next?

Your gift voucher will be emailed to you within 5 working days. We recommend checking your junk/spam folders if you don't appear to have received your voucher.

 

Can I have a refund?

Gift vouchers and Experiences are non-refundable and there are no exceptions. Please see our 'Visitors Information & Terms & Conditions' section for more details.

 

Can I reschedule my booking?

Yes, by emailing nsbopc@aol.co.uk but please note a strict 7 day cancellation and rescheduling policy applies to all Experience Days and Bookings.

 

Can I pay for an Experience Day another way?

Of course. To pay by BACS transfer or cheque please email for the details.

 

I'd like a Private Experience, can you help?

We certainly can. All our Experience Days are held in small groups (2-14 participants depending on the experience). If you would like a Private Experience, please email nsbopc@aol.co.uk for availability and prices.

 

Is there anything else I need to know?

Please see our Visitors Information and Terms & Conditions page for more details.
 

 

Any questions or queries please email nsbopc@aol.co.uk and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible. Please be patient when sending enquiries, we are a small team prioritising our animals care and delivering our Experience Days and Educational Bookings, we will reply as soon as we are able to.

 

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