Pant Glas World of NatureCarmarthenshire, West Wales
Telephone: 0797 4569 871


About Us
janet barber I suppose this page should be titled 'about me' but that seems selfish. It's really the story of Pant Glas and how we got where we are.

It features me, my husband Colin (that's him in the bee-keepers suit), and a supporting cast of birds and animals -from kestrels to cart horses.

Colin and I moved to Wales in 1995. Before that we managed the Stone Lodge City Farm in Dartford, London. The Farm was owned by the Council and we decided we wanted to 'do our own thing' - which is why we bought Pant Glas.

city farmcolin barberIn the first two years we cleared land, fenced fields, built aviaries and converted out-buildings. Then we opened to the public.

For ten years we put on twice-daily flying displays, ran falconry courses, introduced families to domestic and exotic animals (the ferrets were always a favourite) and ran a busy little tea room that sold pots of honey made by Colin's bees.

Sadly, all this ended when the cost of complying with government regulations became too much for the business to bear and we closed our doors to the visiting public.

presentationsAll was not lost as during these years more and more of my time was spent off-site. Word had got around and in addition to displays, shows, tourist centres (even caravan parks !) I found myself giving talks and visiting schools, village halls and care homes with birds and animals suited to the location and the audience.

boy with owlOf course, you can't fly a falcon in a school - that's like asking the Red Arrows to perform in a church hall - but we can, and do fly owls.

With supervision, both children and adults can touch and handle the birds. I always have a box of wipes handy in case they make a mess.

Usually, I work in groups but sometimes with individuals, especially if that person is disabled or has special needs.

One unintended by-product of my work is that Pant Glas has become a bit of a bird rescue centre. We don't encourage it but people bring in sick and injured birds - a barn owl that's starving or a tawny with a broken wing. We've even got an American great horned owl that was rescued from a dreadful owner. If we can we'll make them better and if they're native wild birds, release them.

The story of Buz - the one-eyed buzzard...

one eyed buzzardOne day when I was flying owls in a field Buz appeared from nowhere and landed on my glove. He'd escaped or been released from captivity then had a fight - probably with another buzzard - and lost an eye. Poor Buz was starving and desperate. He’d recognised my falconers’ glove and landed on it hoping for some food.

I took him in, fed him up and looked after his injury. He became a permanent resident at Pant Glas because he’d never have survived in the wild.

Buz earned his keep at Pant Glas as when other stressed and injured buzzards were brought in he'd calm them down. Buz lived with us for many years but now has flown to the Great Aviary in the sky. He was a lovely bird.

If you want to get in touch please use the contact details below. Leave a message if the 'phone isn't answered - I might be in a classroom or clambering over a ditch. Sometimes the hawks go places mobile networks don't reach !
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a star is born
baby kestrel
you said it's a trouser leg
ferrets


Contact: Janet Barber at Pant Glas, Rhos, Carmarthenshire, SA44 5AE
Telephone: 0797 4569 871    email: jbarber@pantglaswales.co.uk