Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan

4.7
#1 of 12 in Wildlife in County Clare
Burren Birds of Prey Centre provides educational flying displays of birds of prey, and the opportunity to interact with the birds first-hand. At the flying display you will see different hawks, eagles, falcons, and owls from around the world fly over your heads as the trainer describes their habits to you. Take the hawk walk to get up close and personal with the birds; you'll be given an introduction to falconry and have the chance to handle a Harris hawk for the hour. The instructor will teach you how to release and call the hawk while walking through the woods. To visit Burren Birds of Prey Centre on your trip to Ballyvaughan, use our Ballyvaughan driving holiday planner .
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  • Our driver recommended we stop to take this show in. What a breathtaking experience. My daughter and I were blown away with this place . The raptors were huge and beautiful. We both got to experience ...  more »
  • I have loved raptors since doing a school report on Snowy Owls when I was 9. Imagine my delight when I found the Burren Centre has three! I scheduled a Hawk Walk online, an easy process, and was treat...  more »
  • This place was hands down the best part of our 2 weeks trip around Ireland. We did the hawk walk with Declan and it was truly a magnificent experience. The knowledge Declan had about the hawks and the...  more »
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  • We were very lucky to be there on a bright sunny day and could watch a great show. Awesome birds, very good staff who gave lots of information. Definitely worth a visit which you can combine with the cave.
  • Terrific entertainment. An impressive array of birds and some even more impressive theatrics from clearly well trained raptors. The staff are engaging and clearly at the top of their game. Loads of interesting facts about the birds, including their tendency to fly off- one falcon was recently tracked down using its transponder to a spot near Shannon airport. There are large aviaries to the side where you can bone up on all the other species that didn't make the demonstration that day. There's a nice little gift shop adjoining the main arena. And the other side of the courtyard there's a great cheese shop where you can also buy vast slices of fudge and pretty good coffee too. Behind the main counter you can see huge cheeses maturing on raked shelves. Lot of little discoveries- an ideal day out for families. And of course there's the Aillwee caves at the top of the hill!
  • Incredible experience! It was a cold and rainy day, so we weren't sure if we were going to attend the outdoor show, but I am glad we did! The people who work with the birds are so kind and knowledgeable. And of course the birds themselves are absolutely wonderful. We particularly loved the vulture, such a character! We learned so much today and had a lovely time - so happy we came!
  • This place was hands down the best part of our 2 weeks trip around Ireland. We did the hawk walk with Declan and it was truly a magnificent experience. The knowledge Declan had about the hawks and their training and life style was amazing. I cannot recommend the Birds of Prey Centre enough. The flying displays allow you to see birds in action and to see them up close - breathtaking. The outreach the center does to raise money and awareness for vultures and other endangered birds is great, and something more people need to hear about. If you are anywhere in the area, you MUST stop at the center. And do the hawk walk - you will NOT be disappointed, and you'll never forget it. Also check out the farm shop - the cheese and fudge are amazing!! Very nice staff everywhere. A++++ keep it up!
  • Amazing experience to go eyeball to eyeball with these beautiful birds and to take one in your arm, very well presented by the expert staff, totally unexpected and totally unforgettable. The ‘show’ is only half the story, a full tour to see all the birds is interesting, informative and equally unforgettable.
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