31. Cotswold Falconry Centre

Harvey Sparrow with an owl at the Cotswold Falconry Centre.
Paul Sparrow, a regular visitor to the Cotswold Falconry Centre, has his hands full.Started in 1988, Cotswold Falconry houses about 150 birds of prey at its base at its base at Batsford Park, near Moreton-in-Marsh.
More than 30 different separate species have been bred in the centre's successful, but non-commercial, breeding aviaries.

The aim of the centre is to promote the greater understanding of birds of prey through education and fun and many of its birds can be seen during the free flying demonstrations.

Cotswold Falconry Centre attracts more than 20,000 visitors each year who are also encouraged to follow the path through the owl woods, which is a natural setting where the birds are encouraged to breed as they would in their native environment.

Paul Sparrow, from Evesham, who visits the falconry centre at least once a month with his family, says no two trips have been the same because they see something different each time.

"The large collection of birds is amazing and the knowledge and dedication ofAn owl about to take flight at the Cotswold Falconry Centre. the staff is incredible," said Mr Sparrow.

"For me, the ultimate part of the day is when the birds are flown and they are displayed in their own natural and unique way. Watching the larger birds rise up on the thermals is an incredible sight to see.

"I have been fascinated by these birds since I was about 10 and now my 11-year-old son Harvey shares my love and passion for the birds. It is such a relaxing day out."

Mr Sparrow's mother Jane Payne, who is now also a regular visitor at Batsford, added: "It has renewed my love of wildlife and I now take a keen interest in nature programmes so I can learn more."

More information

Cotswold Falconry Centre
Batsford Park, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9AB
01386 701043

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