How to find us
(open seven days a week Feb - Nov, but closed Dec and Jan)
The full address is:
The International Centre for Birds of Prey
We are located less than 5 miles from the M50 at Junction 3 which is accessible via M5 motorway routes or via Ross-On-Wye and Ledbury more locally.
Using a Satnav
You are advised that some of the lanes in this part of Gloucestershire are narrow and that if you set your satnav to 'Shortest route' you may have to fold your mirrors in! The road to the Centre is quite negotiable by sensible routes, so use a map, or look at the one we have provided. The school buses negotiate it every day! Whatever you do, tell your SatNav to go via Newent as that is the best route with the best roads. Be aware that for 2012 - 2015 (can you believe it!) they are going to be working on bridges on the M50, so check first before setting out, I think you can find out on a highways website if it is closed. If the M50 there are alternative routes via Gloucester, or around the back roads, but please be careful.
If you are approaching from Newent town (best route) and you have traveled about a mile out of Newent, and your satnav announces that 'You have reached your destination' - its wrong! You will still have about half a mile to go - keep going straight up the road and look out for the hanging sign (like a pub sign) and the car park, it is on your left. Drive slowly in there, park sensibly and don't run over anyone!
Enjoy the drive through glorious Gloucestershire countryside and the first thing to do is throw away your satellite navigator, OK, just turn it off (if you know how!) and don’t trust those damn maps on the computer either. the key is Newent, find Newent on a map (it's good for your brain to use one!) and get there on main roads, either from Gloucester, Ross on Wye, or the Leominster road, don't go via Huntley if you come from Gloucester, turn off across the dual carriageway towards Higham.
From the west or North West I would suggest the M50, which is pretty easy to find on a map, however they are doing road works on there for the next two years (great!) so check first, we are about four miles from the first junction if you are driving east from Ross on Wye, and the third junction if you are driving west, from Tewksbury, Ledbury or the M5. Turn off and be careful it is a very sharp turn off the motorway and then you have to halt, now head for Newent. Once you get there you will come to a set of traffic lights, turn right into the town and then ....................
OK let me bring in people from elsewhere. If you are coming from the east, best course is to aim for Gloucester, take the A40 out towards Ross on Wye and then watch for the signs to Newent and Highnam, the B4215. You turn right across the dual carriageway and you have about a seven mile drive on a reasonable road to Newent. You don't have to watch out for the speed camera at the end of Highnam - it's gone - hooray! Don’t take the first turn into Newent, go round the bypass and you will come to the traffic lights and then turn left.....................
If you are coming on the Leominster road which will have started as the A417 and turned into the B4215, once you get to Newent go straight over the traffic lights, not forgetting to stop if they are red!...............
................. and now you are driving into the town, the road is narrow and there are cars parked which makes it tricky. Take the first Right called Watery Lane and it should be signed to ICBP, with a miserable little brown sign with a picture of an owl! Drive out of the town and here the road will get narrow. Once out of the speed limit you head west on the road, when you see a farm house directly in front of you the road bears round left and then right – follow that – don’t turn off. Keep going for about a mile, we are just past the fourth house on the left. Some people mistake our sign for a Pub sign - not true! Here is what to look for on your left hand side.
See you soon we hope, drive carefully!
Neil Forbs from Great Western Exotic Vets
International Centre For Birds of Prey
Present the perfect course for raptor keepers, falconers, zoos keepers, demonstrators, educationalists in raptor understanding and owl keepers.
‘Management of birds of prey for health and longevity’
One Day Course
Presented by Neil A Forbes DipECZM(avian) FRCVS RCVS and European Specialist in Bird Medicine
Two dates available
Sunday February 5th 2017
Saturday April 1st 2017
0900h – 1630h
At: International Centre for Birds of Prey
Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JJ
Cost £85 for one day
Includes lunch, refreshments + comprehensive A4 course notes
Please phone to book at: 01531 820286