Raptor Foundation Cambridgeshire
The Heath St Ives Road, Woodhurst, PE28 3BT
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
What we offer
We offer educational opportunities to school, nurseries, beaver, WI, photography groups and many more groups that have an interest in Birds of Prey.
With just under 200 birds of prey covering a wide range from across the globe, as well as including many native British Species of raptors, some of which are threatened, you will get the chance to get up close to a bird on one of our keeper talks, experience them flying close over your heads on any of our 3 daily flying display. Each display will have different species of birds being flown. This is where you will appreciate how different birds find and pursue their prey as well as the speed and strength of them in flight.
Our Reptile House which houses around 20 different species, will give you the chance to see all different sizes of invertebrates, snakes, spiders, gecko’s, stick insects, whipped scorpion and a bearded dragon. Learn from our talk given by the keeper which ones are endangered, how they catch the food and what food they eat themselves. Our Meerkats will entertain you by posing for the cameras and digging in the sand to find any leftover food. Listen to a talk about them and who’s in charge of the troop and what role each plays within the group.
What makes us a great choice?
It’s a great place to visit as you can get up close to the birds, handle them during flying displays and take photos. As we have such a variety of animals we can tailor our talks not only to the birds but include the Reptiles and Meerkats.
Accreditation and Awards
This venue is accredited by VAQAS (Visitor Attreaction Quality Scheme)
Managed by VisitEngland and, through its network of regional assessors, boasts an incredible reputation for instigating, modifying and shaping change to the customer experience at visitor attractions across England.
Group Sizes Catered For
At the center we can cater for up to 100 children, groups of this size are normally split into smaller groups of around 30. Each group would rotate around the different activities.
At school we cater for individual classes on a set itinerary.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
We provide a teacher pack that can help the teacher prep the children prior to their visit or after we have left the school. Information contained would be about native species, word searches, crosswords, as well as useful information about how to make a nest box and where to position it.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
There are no restrictions on photos being taken so long as they are only for personnel use and not commercial gain.
Risk Assessment Details
Risk assessments are available upon request, but we do encourage teachers and group leaders to visit the center free of charge to carry out their own risk assessments and find out where toilets etc. are located.
The cost of the visit is £4.75 per child, with 1 adult going free with every 7 children.
Visits to schools price on application.
Dress according to the weather. The site has blocked pathed paths.
First Aid Information
All Staff are fully first aid trained.
Our shop Mad about Owls sells items from 40p up to £30.00. There is a range of ideal pocket money gifts, ideally £5.00 would suffice. There is ample space outside to eat a picnic lunch or if the weather is inclement we do have an indoor space. Our restaurant sells a range of food starting from 60p.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Yes the venue is completely accessible for those with walking difficulties or in a wheelchair. There is also a disabled toilet.
Opening Hours & Information
Our normal opening hours are from 10-5 pm summer time and winter 10-4pm.
It is an amazing place and you cannot see the park until you walk through the Gift shop and the Meerkats are the first to greet you. Then through an arch, where some birds are set out on lawns for closer viewing. Your eye is then drawn to the various sized aviaries where other birds are housed. A quiz will take you around the park where you have to find the answers on the animal display boards.
There is ample parking for cars and reserved parking for coaches.
Why not combine your visit to the Centre with a visit to Animal Experience, where the children can get up close to snakes, meerkats, spiders and lots more. An additional price would be charged for this.