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Winter Owl Evenings return to The International Centre for Birds of Prey Centre at Newent

Winter Owl Evenings return to The International Centre for Birds of Prey Centre at Newent

These special evenings are now on offer every Friday and Saturday evening in the weeks running up until Christmas.

Winter Owl Evenings are designed to allow visitors to experience owls in their natural surroundings and at the Centre there are an impressive number to see. 

The evenings begin with a guided torch lit walk through the aviaries with Jemima Parry–Jones and her very informative staff. Numbers are limited and the groups never too big so you don't miss anything. Lots of them have funny little habits or stories to be told.

On a chilly evening it’s a nice break when you return to the café for a hog roast and a mulled wine. They do cater for veggies as well and there is also hot apple juice on offer.

In the education room there is a further talk and flying demonstration of the smaller owls, with the evening concluding with an outdoor flying demonstration in torchlight - quite a sight in an eerie light. 

Jemima and all the staff at the Centre are very passionate about their birds and this is reflected throughout the whole evening. 

Explore Gloucestershire were invited along last year and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would offer the following recommendations:

  • Wrap up warm, preferably in waterproof clothing. You can’t let a bit of rain spoil a great evening and umbrellas are not an option as they spoil the view for others and can be a hazard in small groups (as safety goggles are not an option either). 
  • Bring a small torch and wear sensible shoes. 
  • Don’t forget your camera for indoor shots. Night vision on video is also good as flashes are not a good idea outside and also detract from the enjoyment of others.

There are lots of opportunities to get close to the Birds at Newent and these are also available as gifts for friends and family - ideal for Christmas presents!

Explore Gloucestershire
1 October 2010

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