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Published July 26th 2018
Time to take flight as the claws come out
A visit to the Haven Falconry will let you see the largest collection of Birds of Prey on the Isle of Wight.
It's located on the grounds of the Steam Railway Centre but operated separately, so you have to pay to enter the railway, then pay to go into the centre when trains are running. Though you do get 50% off on those days.
Every day, they have two flight display shows in the field that is between them and the railway, and you can sit around on the picnic tables at the display area while the birds fly around you.
During the displays, a member of staff who is trained to handle the birds and known as a Falconer talks about each of the birds and how they care for them. Shows can be altered or cancelled at any time as their top priority is the welfare of the birds, but you can always see them in the centre.
One of the aims of the founders of the centre is to help educate people about the British Barn Owl and promote conservation efforts. This is achieved during talks with the public and the information on display near the birds.
As an added extra, they have an insect display, ferrets and rabbits.
For an extra fee, they also have several hands-on experiences where you can get extremely close up to the birds
Given the small cost of entry, it's good value for money.