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“Welsh Hawking Centre”

Written on: 03/09/2013

I visited the Welsh Hawking Centre recently and was appalled at the facilities and condition of the set up. It is extremely run down and could only describe the place as a Health and Safety executives nightmare. 1. Cages are dirty and don't look like they are cleaned on a regular basis 2. Seats on concrete bases are broken, easy to trip over and cause injury. 3. Play area for children. Please avoid at all costs. Wooden structure is rotten and unsafe Should be covered / protected… Read Full Review

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“Bad Experience...”

Written on: 31/01/2012

The good: - The opportunity to see an average (not great) variety of different raptor (birds of prey) species ranging from tiny owls to a couple of large eagles and vultures for a fair price of £5. The bad: - Absolutely awful facilities for both the birds and visitors (notes about the 'cafe' and toliets are documented accurately in previous reviews); the place looks like a run-down farm yard with many of the enclosures in desparate need of cleaning and repair (I felt forlorn for the… Read Full Review

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Musicaltone's Comment

Written on: 11/03/2013

This has to be the worst Bird of Prey Centres i have ever had the misfortune to visit, the birds are kept in a very poor conditions,in very messy smelly cages, the staff are rude and grumpy,if you want to see what a proper Bird of Prey Centre is like do yourself a favour and visit The International Centre for Birds of Prey at Newent, you will not be sorry, there the staff are excellent the birds are all really well looked after and the facilities are first class.
Avoid this place at all costs.......You have been warned !

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“The Welsh Hawking Centre”

Written on: 25/05/2011

Good Points: There were none. Bad Points: First impressions of the Welsh Hawking Centre when we arrived was it looked like a run down farm yard. When we started seeing the birds I was very shocked in the disgusting conditions most of them were kept in. Some birds were tethered inside small and dirty enclosers while others that weren't tethered lived in dirty and dilapidated pens. They were small, dull and cold looking. Most enclosers were covered in poo and smelt. The Owl pens were the worst… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 11/07/2011

I recently attended the welsh hawking centre with my daughter and had a brilliant time. As i know a little about birds i know that when birds are breeding...as are a lot at the welsh hawking centre....you cannot enter the avairie as it would cause a dissturbance to the bird and they would not breed....of they already had young in the pen they would probably kill it. Birds also need to be keep in small cages...especially the falcons as they fly so fast...if they were kept in a larger cage they would be able to gather up speed so if they hit the wire at some speed they would ruin their feathers and also hurt themselves. Birds in captivity are usually fed day old chicks (dead), which like humans, they might not want to eat all at once so naturally, on a warm day they would attract flies...im sure the birds dont mind though as in the wild birds dont have somebody to clean their nests and feel at their most comfortable when their nests are dirty in the wild. i do wish that some people would look up information before they make an opinion. As i said myself and my daughter thouroughly enjoyed the whole experience and have now booked a falconry course there!

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★★☆☆☆

“MAIN POINTS ”

Written on: 07/05/2011

MAIN POINTS

The good:

- The opportunity to see an average (not great) variety of different raptor (birds of prey) species ranging from tiny owls to a couple of large eagles and vultures for a fair price of £5.

The bad:

- Absolutely awful facilities for both the birds and visitors (notes about the 'cafe' and toliets are documented accurately in previous reviews); the place looks like a run-down farm yard with many of the enclosures in desparate need of cleaning and repair (I felt forlorn for… Read Full Review

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“Avoid this place like the plague!I'd have given no...”

Written on: 25/09/2010

Avoid this place like the plague!I'd have given no stars for this review, but you're not allowed.

The birds are kept in dirty, rotting enclosures, full of nettles and half eaten chicks. The droppings look like they have not been cleaned up for a long time and the stink emminating from the cages covers the whole of the park.

The day we were there, no birds were being flown due to someone 'calling
in sick' but I find myself wondering when the last time they were flow was.
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“Gutted I didnt read the last review. The facilities...”

Written on: 30/08/2010

Gutted I didnt read the last review. The facilities here are terrible - especially the toilets - I'd rather go in a bush!. The whole place is run down and rotting away. The "security fences" were rotten and had nasty rusty nails poking out - not good for an 18mth old! The play area was beginning to rot away and I did not even want to venture into the cafe as the rest of the place said it all. Birds were lovely but their cages rotting and nettles everywhere. I really hope someone somewhere… Read Full Review

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“Terrible attraction. No organisation, messy...”

Written on: 31/05/2010

Terrible attraction. No organisation, messy appearance to the entire place. Awful, uninformative and messy signs for the animals that were poorly written and many enclosures had no signs at all. Geese seemed to be the main attraction and seemed set on attacking all the visitors. Dirty toilets, awfull enclosures. the place needs a jolly good makeover - the paths and fences were messy and there were stinging nettles everywhere. The enclosures were bare and filled with weeds and chick… Read Full Review

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“Don't go if you or your kids are squeemish about...”

Written on: 11/10/2009

Don't go if you or your kids are squeemish about seeing dead day old chicks being fed to the birds and their remains lying about all day afterwards. Having said that good for photographers as the birds are taken out and tethered in the open all day. Flying display always very good and again good photo opportunity. Pity the cafe never seems to be open when we visit anymore. Would attract more visitors and keep them there if it was. Horses and rabbits and guinea pigs add to the attraction. Plenty… Read Full Review

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