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International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP)
International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP)

International Centre for Birds of Prey (ICBP)

More than 250 birds of prey—representing about 75 different species—can be found at this long-standing bird of prey center, which has been in operation since 1967. Walk through the center’s gardens, peer into aviaries, and observe flying demonstrations during which staff educate visitors on the behaviors and habits of raptors.

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Boulsdon House, Newent, United Kingdom, GL18 1JJ

The basics

The center is home to gardens, woodland walking trails, and bird-filled aviaries. Catch one of the regular flying demonstrations; these are held three times a day and are included in the admission price. For a more intimate encounter with the feathered residents, attend one of the center’s special experience days, which typically include handling sessions and the opportunity to fly a variety of species under the guidance of staff. The center also runs longer falconry courses, and winter evening events, during which you can see owls flying by lamplight.

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Things to know before you go

  • The International Centre for Birds of Prey is wheelchair-accessible.
  • The center is a registered charity, and functions as a breeding, rehabilitation, and conservation center, with entrance fees and donations going toward its upkeep.
  • Order drinks and food at the on-site café or bring your own provisions for a picnic.
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How to get there

The International Centre for Birds of Prey is in Gloucester, about two miles (three kilometers) southwest of Newent. Because of its rural location, it’s not easily accessible via public transport. Bus numbers 32 and 132 connect Gloucester to Newent, though you’ll need to take a taxi from Newent to the center. Driving from Gloucester takes about 30 minutes.

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When to get there

The center closes during December and January. From mid-March through October, flying demonstrations take place at 11:30am, 2pm, and 4pm, while in winter, they are typically at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

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Forest of Dean

The International Centre for Birds of Prey is near the Forest of Dean, a 42-square-mile (109-square-kilometer) former royal hunting ground, now a designated national park. The scenic oak forest was used as a filming location for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and features ancient iron-ore mines, walking and cycling trails, and a treetop adventure course.

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