Burren Birds of Prey Centre, Ballyvaughan

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#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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  • Fantastic with lots of demonstrations Children got to hold birds and the staff were only to pleased to share the knowledge with the little ones.Good arena with plenty of seating.  more »
  • On a recent visit to the caves, we sat through the Birds of Prey show having visited the centre, it is included in the entrance ticket. Great excitment as one of my kids was picked to go down and have...  more »
  • This is an excellent way to spend a few hours while staying in Clare. Suitable for all ages. Make sure you get to see the shows for some interaction with the birds. The staff are so knowledge and frie...  more »
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  • Absolutely fantastic centre. In addition to visiting the centre itself and watching a few of the shows they put on to educate about the various birds they have, we also went on a private hawk walk where you walk around with the hawk on your arm. The hawks will fly off during the walk and the guide will call them back to you, amazing to watch the acrobatics they pull as they fly back. Aside from the beautiful hawks we got to walk with they also house many other birds of prey including owls, eagles and vultures. Absolutely amazing experience to be so close to these beautiful animals and highly recommended.
  • Lots of seating. Informative and entertaining. They told us that they couldn't show us the snowy owl for long, as she doesn't like the warm weather...I think this showed a nice concern for the birds' welfare. Afterwards, we could take a photo in front of one of the birds without having to pay extra.
  • Close up encounters with incredible birds. Staff is all bird heros. I learned a great deal and was very impressed by the work done by this organization.
  • The flying displays here are awesome as the birds are well trained and the trainers are very knowledgeable about them. Shows are usually 3 times a day in summer and twice a day in winter with different birds for each show so you could easily spend the day here.
  • Brilliant place to bring kids. The staff were so friendly and knowledgeable and let the children get up close to the birds. Enjoyable for both kids and adults. We went to the alliwee caves in the same trip and both were very interesting.

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Where to stay in Ballyvaughan

Discover the charms of the Burren area by staying at an affordable bed and breakfast or traditional cottage in Ballyvaughan. While there are a handful of hotels to choose from here, this village is known for its self-catering accommodations, most of which come in the form of cottage-style guesthouses and basic bed and breakfasts. The center of the village offers lodging for a range of visitors traveling with different budgets.
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