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Welcome to Talons Owltimate Encounters CIC

Talons Owltimate Encounters


TALONS OWLTIMATE ENCOUNTERS CIC is a fully licensed animal encounter, non profit community interest company based in Cornwall. We pride ourselves on providing entertaining and educational encounters for schools and other academic institutions, fun ‘meet and greet’ encounters for events, parks, parties, weddings, clubs and groups, and we specialise in therapeutic (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) encounters for the more vulnerable members of our society i.e. the elderly, dementia sufferers, special needs, learning and other disabilities. We can also provide help and support to those with mental health issues – the animals are great listeners!

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EDUCATION  Talons provides educational encounters and workshops for all ages and abilities – schools, nurseries, colleges, clubs, groups etc. Whether you want a particular ‘themed’ experience to fit in with the curriculum, or just a mixed selection to suit all tastes, we can accommodate most requirements. A full list of the birds and animals we work with can be found here

CONSERVATION  Talons is home to several species of owl, many of which are struggling in the wild. By maintaining a selective captive breeding programme we are ensuring the future of many endangered breeds. We have a particular interest in native UK species of owls, especially the Barn owl. We also have a passion for our native hedgehogs, which are suffering a severe decline in numbers.

REHABILITATION This applies to both humans and animals. Our therapeutic encounters are in high demand from organisations and homes who are involved with the rehabilitation of vulnerable adults and young people. Talons takes great pride in the fact that many of the animals we work with have been rescued or re-homed, and have been successfully rehabilitated to help us in this highly rewarding, but sometimes very challenging, vocation. We can bring the animals to you, or you can come to Talons HQ for specialised one to one therapy, or in small groups.

We also run a small wildlife hospital for sick and injured birds of prey, hedgehogs, native reptiles and young deer.


We travel throughout Cornwall providing our reputable animal encounters to all ages and abilities. Our animal encounters allow everyone to meet our wonderful birds and animals, as we bring the zoo to you! We can visit just about any type of establishment and we also have the Reptile & Raptor Roadshow that travels around shows, fetes, rallies and other events in Cornwall during the summer months, fundraising and raising awareness of our work. More information can be found on our Animal Encounters page.

Talons baby owls

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 have a large collection of owls, several of which have been specially trained to go out on our animal encounters and therapy work. They have been hand reared and are completely socialised to human contact. There are also several breeding pairs of rarer species that we keep as part of our  conservation effort – their numbers in the wild are on a steady decrease, hence our captive breeding programme in an effort to reverse this decline.

We are licensed, fully insured and DBS checked. 

Proud to be supported by The National Lottery Community Fund


Members of The International Owl Society

Providing a World Wide Forum for all of those interested in Owls and supporting Owl Conservation globally.

Please help us to help the animals – donate here: