Launched on June 1st the British Bird of Prey Centre at The National Botanic Garden of Wales offers visitors awesome, close-up encounters with a collection of 20 native birds of prey.
The new raptor centre features hawks, falcons, kestrels, kites and buzzards and also the golden eagle, which was once a common sight, but has not been seen in Wales for over 200 years.
The centre’s director, Emma Hill says: “This will be one of the very few places in the whole of the UK you can see a golden eagle flying.”
With two flying displays every day and a daily ‘owl show’, too, the new centre is already a big hit with people of all ages.
“Few visitors will know very much about our native raptors and fewer still will have seen them in the wild. Now, they have the perfect opportunity to find out about these amazing animals up close and personal.
“The more we can spread the conservation message, the more likely we are going to be able to keep these fabulous birds thriving in the wild.”
The National Botanic Garden of Wales is a charity dedicated to the research and conservation. Set within 568 acres, the centre incorporates a National Nature Reserve and organic farm, as well as being a showcase for some of the world’s most endangered plants.
The Garden is open 10am to 6pm daily with tickets including entry to the new British Birds of Prey attraction, with under 5s free. For more information on visiting go to www.gardenofwales.org.uk