Talons ‘Owltimate’ Encounters at Hendra Farm – an owl and reptile conservation and education centre that does things a little differently!
IMPORTANT – ALL EXPERIENCES MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE
We would like to give you the chance to share in our passion for owls, spend a memorable hour (or two!) handling and learning about them, there’s even a chance to fly one, and perhaps meet the baby owls in the Spring. Our owl experience days in Cornwall are unique! Spend as much time as you want with each owl, photograph them to your heart’s content, and even enjoy an owl tea party, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere! (There’s no extra charge for the tea and biscuits either!). Ever wanted to fly an owl? Now here’s your chance!
We also offer hands on reptile experiences with our reptile expert Matt, and the chance to take our two very famous alpacas, Little Man and Fleur, for a gentle walk around our wonderful Cornish countryside.
OWL ENCOUNTERS & EXPERIENCES IN CORNWALL
We have several different breeds of owl on display, either as breeding pairs, or our ever-popular gang of hand reared, super tame birds – from the iconic Barn owl to the awe inspiring Eagle owls There will be lots more arriving each season, so there will always be new ones to see and meet.
During the breeding season there will also be young owls to see, either with their parents, or some of the ones that we hand rear each year.
We have a covered area for days when the weather is being unkind which means that we are able to offer the owl handling all year round. Our owl experience in Cornwall makes a perfect gift for any occasion – you can purchase gift vouchers here.
We are zoo licensed, fully insured and DBS checked.
Our owl experience visits in Cornwall are strictly by prior booking only. The minimum number of people who can book to visit is just two as we just want everyone to enjoy their visit to the full. We aren’t a big posh tourist attraction, so there’s no on site cafe or restaurant (though copious mugs of tea and coffee, and biscuits will be on offer!), no children’s play ground or fancy loos (but the one we do have is very clean)!!
We are able to bring owls out to you for all sorts of events. parties, home visits, schools and special occasions. Take a look at our Animal Encounters page or email or phone for more details.
REPTILE EXPERIENCE IN CORNWALL
Our unique and memorable reptile and invertebrate experiences – meet snakes, lizards, spiders, scorpions, bugs and lots more! Learn about them, and handle some of them – if you’re brave enough! Also ideal for someone wanting to overcome a phobia. Each experience lasts approx. one 1/2 hours and includes refreshments. Minimum number per booking is three persons. Booking must be made in advance by email or phone.
ALPACA WALKING EXPERIENCE IN CORNWALL
Alpaca walking in Cornwall – we are now offering you the opportunity to take our two superstar alpacas, Little Man and Fleur, for a gentle walk around our quiet lanes or through the lovely village of Pelynt (traffic permitting) – returning to the farm for complimentary refreshments. Suitable from age 5, you can either buy vouchers from our online shop (a perfect gift for the alpaca lover), or pay on the day. Advance booking is essential – by email or phone.
Terms and Conditions
- Owl experiences are £20 per person for approx. one hour, including complimentary refreshments. Gift vouchers available. Minimum of two persons.
- Reptile & Invertebrate Experiences are £30 per person for one 1/2 hours including complimentary refreshments. Gift vouchers available. Minimum of three persons.
- Alpaca Walking is £20 per person for approx 1hr. Gift vouchers available.
- Sorry, we do not accept spectators.
- Children must be at least 3yrs (alpaca walking 5yrs) and over. Sorry, for safety reasons we cannot accommodate pushchairs and prams.
- Strictly no dogs on site – even in cars. The parking is close to the aviaries – strange dogs will frighten our birds!
- Smoking on site is prohibited at all times.
- Sensible footwear is a must – no open-toed sandals or flip flops.
Directions to Talons at Hendra Farm
NB: Satnavs are not to be trusted unless you like narrow lanes and Google maps hasn’t got a clue!
From A38 Liskeard, take A390 St Austell at Twelvewoods roundabout – at East Taphouse take B3359 to Looe. At Pelynt (approx 7 miles) take first right at church (Lansallos/Polruan) follow for 1/2 mile, then take 1st left (Hendra Farm) and then turn immediately right and follow lane to end. Park on gravelled area in front of aviaries.
From A30 either direction Take turning to Bodmin – at main roundabout follow A38 toward Liskeard. Follow road until right turn toward Looe (before Halfway House), up the steep hill until ‘T’ junction, turn left onto A390 , then right at Middle Taphouse – Looe B3359. At Pelynt (approx 7 miles) take first right at church (Lansallos/Polruan), follow for 1/2 mile, then take 1st left (Hendra Farm) and then turn immediately right and follow lane to end. Park on gravelled area in front of aviaries.