Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre is located within the grounds of the Steam Railway and is accessed through the ticket booth for the Railway. The site is small, displaying over 50 birds from owls to hawks and eagles. The centre offers bird and pet handling opportunities throughout the day alongside flying displays. Experiences can be booked such as one-on-one handling sessions or hawk flying, and gift vouchers can be purchased from the centre. Also on site is a small reptile house displaying small reptiles and insects.
Haven Falconry Bird of Prey Centre
Not easily accessible for independent visitors
The Bird of Prey Centre is a lovely venue for enthusiasts; you could easily spend an hour or two here viewing the birds in their enclosures approx. 1 metre away from the trail. Sadly, due to location, the site is not really accessible for wheelchair users as it is built into the side of a steep hill and all pavements and walkways are heavily gravelled. It is recommended that if you are a wheelchair user, please do take a friend/carer along as you may need assistance moving around the site.
A lovely afternoon out in the sun
Abundant parking within Isle of Wight Steam Railways' car park
A large number and range of birds of prey
Well laid out enclosures allowing excellent visbility
Handrails available along walkways for those more ambulant
A few small things to note:
Signage to the centre is minimal, although Railway staff are happy to direct you
The venue is paved with very loose, deep gravel which makes using a wheelchair difficult
Being a venue housing birds, do expect the occasional loud shriek/scream which may startle
The desks and info in the education centre are placed too high for wheelchair users to view or use
The site does not have its own toileting facilities; customers are permitted to use those at the adoining Steam Railway Station.
No accomodation has been made for those with hearing or visual impairments