TALONS at Hendra Farm

For the Owltimate personOwl experience!

Animal Parties and Encounters

Animal encounters for all events - we bring the zoo to you!

TALONS 'Owltimate' Encounters

A unique experience!

Shires horses at Hendra Farm

Noble and gentle giants!

Rheas at Hendra Farm

Breeders of these endearing and quirky birds

Herdwick sheep at Hendra Farm

The Houdinis of the sheep world.......!

We bring the zoo to you!

For all events throughout Cornwall

Welcome to Hendra Farm and Talons ‘Owl’timate encounters

Talons Owltimate Encounters at Hendra Farm


Hendra Farm combines traditional farming with a fully licensed private zoo, dedicated to conservation and education.


Hendra Farm is set amongst the stunning countryside of South East Cornwall, and is home to an eclectic mix of much loved horses, birds, reptiles, exotic and farm animals, and the awe inspiring owls of Talons, a unique owl experience centre. The farm is zoo licensed and is run by Senara and David Collings, whose high standards of animal welfare and commitment to their lifestyle, is their overriding passion.

Hendra Farm itself is a traditional smallholding that keeps Herdwick sheep, Rheas, alpacas, pigs and Shire horses and is home to the ‘Ansum Burger Co. – you can find out more by visiting the farm page – please click here.

Talons ‘Owl’timate Encounters is an owl centre and private licensed zoo, and is the perfect place for the ‘owl’timate owl encounter! We offer a unique and memorable experience for all owl lovers where you can meet them, hold them and even fly them! For more information visit the Talons page by clicking herePrior Booking Essential

There is also a collection of reptiles, invertebrates and other exotic mammals. Our reptile and invertebrate experiences offer a real ‘hands on’ and educational encounter with these fascinating creatures. Experiences can be booked by email or phone – you can also purchase gift vouchers from our online shop.

Our two superstar alpacas, Little Man and Fleur, are available for walking excursions, when they’re not out and about visiting homes and appearing at events. They are both incredibly friendly and love exploring. You can book your walking experience either by email or phone, and gift vouchers are available in our online shop. For more information on Little Man & Fleur please visit our animal encounters page.

We will shortly be offering workshops with the animals, using alternative therapies to provide a more holistic approach to well being and self healing.

We welcome group visits to the farm, from April to October. A day full of structured and educational animal activities, with a good dollop of fun – suitable for all ages and abilities. Refreshments are provided and we can also organise a BBQ.  Please contact us to discuss your requirements. Prior Booking is Essential

All our experiences/visits/workshops must be booked in advance – by email or phone. Click here for contact details.

Gift vouchers are available for all the experiences and the alpaca walking – please visit our online shop. You can also adopt some of the birds and animals which entitles you to a VIP visit – an ideal gift!

We travel throughout Cornwall and South Devon providing exciting animal encounters to all ages and abilities. Our animal encounters allows everyone to meet the birds and animals, as we bring the zoo to you! We visit schools, nursing homes, groups, clubs, holiday parks etc. and we also have the Reptile & Raptor Roadshow that travels around shows, fetes, rallies and other events in Cornwall and South Devon. More information can be found on our Animal Encounters page – please click here.

Many of our reptiles and animals have either been rescued or re-homed, and they are given a forever home and a new lease of life. We are not a dedicated rescue centre, but we will step in where we can. We have rehabilitated several birds and animals over the years, and we take great pride in seeing them go on to lead long and purposeful lives.

We are zoo licensed, fully insured and DBS checked. 

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2 days ago

Hendra Farm & Talons 'Owltimate' Encounters

Another date for the diary! Matt will be hosting this roadshow, so pop along for your reptilian fix!

Animal Encounters at Cornwall GoldApril 2, 2018, 11:00amCornwall GoldOur friends at Hendra Farm & Talons 'Owltimate' Encounters are joining us on Easter Monday! Come and join us to get up close to a range of animals and exotic reptiles - we can't wait!
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3 days ago

Hendra Farm & Talons 'Owltimate' Encounters

And this why we do, what we do!Conservation with the "wise", the owls...

Conservation is not synonymous with preservation although it is concerned in taking measures to avoid extinction and minimizing reductions in polulations. It involves the management of plants and animals in natural habitats and human altered environments. Alot of study has been made on the tawny owl or strix aluco, this at Wytham wood, Oxford, by Southern in 1970. In this study the owl population living on a 54 hectares habitat performed remarkably stable with around 30 pairs. The head prey was woodmice Apodemus sylvaticus, of course in certain seasons the available amount of this prey was an indication of the well being of the owls. We can contribute to this by creating a healthy natural Habitat by providing structural grounds with lots of plants who are important to attract prey and ensuring a stable growth of this prey resident. This way the owls have a constant feeding - hunt opportunity, this creates the desired result of positive breeding results and stabilize the lifespan of the owls. This was just a small example of the tawny owls but in our Asian and African counterparts there have been greater issues because exotic owls are traded and sold on markets, held as pets in these countries, of course in some cultures still eaten or perused as evil and killed. Owl conservation starts with creating positive and natural protected habitats where they can hunt and live undisturbed, without to much tourism. Tourism is needed around the world for country's well being and economic income, but on the other hand creates problems like the selfie tourists, poachers from neighbouring countries and illegal trade and export. Some owl species in history were thought to be extinct like the Seychelles owl Otus rutilus insularis, but was rediscovered in 1959 in one place in the mountains of Mahe. This because there was less then none interfering of humans and at that particular place there was enough prey stability. Of course the use of pesticides in their habitats creates problems and death with the plants, prey and of course the owls itself. There is a more constructive legal approach now against the use of pesticides, but there is a long way to go. Zoological institutions and also professional Falconers in Co work with conservation organizations can pave the way for the future, where captive breeding can be a solution for the most threatened species. So they have a future and can be returned to their natural habitats. I will end my rambling here with the last issue and that of the influence of the movie Harry Potter, suddenly everyone wanted a pet owl and the market was swamped by people on the lookout to buy one. This is still a problem cause these owls can only function and be kept under the legal structure there is, and by professionals like zoo's and falconers who make sure this amazing animals have the life they deserve and a future where education and conservation stands on number one. Let the wise be smart....

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Freelance aviculturist and lecturer

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Rolo the baby Skinny Pig (Cornish Mini Hippo) tucking into a juicy carrot. He's only a few weeks old but takes everything in his stride. He's a particular favourite at the homes and day centres we visit, however today he was star of the show at our regular pitch at Trago Mills, Liskeard. 🥕🐹
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1 week ago

Hendra Farm & Talons 'Owltimate' Encounters

We always love our visits to homes - this one was especially rewarding as it's a dementia care home. We can't show you photos of the resident's faces for privacy reasons (as is often the case), but I can assure you that they loved all the animals, and Mik and I came away knowing we had brought a lot of pleasure to some very special people (and their wonderful carers). This has to be my favourite part of the job. 😊🦉🦎🐍🐰🦔
Today we had a visit from Hendra Farm. As well as the photos we had an owl, rabbits and a skinny pig. The residents always love animal therapy but the more exotic of animals gave lots of our residents a first time experience!! Amazing reactions ❤️
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