Falconry techniques have been refined over centuries and passed down from many falconers. This full day course gives you the opportunity to share in this knowledge, and also to interact with these magnificent birds of prey up close before learning how to fly them to the fist. These birds are not trained to do tricks they simply mimic what comes naturally to them. All the birds on show will display their natural instincts to soar, quarter, pounce and mantle.
Your experience starts with an informative tour of the centre where you will meet the trainers and see the birds of prey close up. Then you will learn all about their different characteristics, speed capabilities and hunting habits. This full day experience offers you plenty of opportunity to fly some of them to the fist and ample time to take photographs of this truly unforgettable experience. All equipment will be provided for your experience, but it is advisable to bring a pair of wellington boots with you and wear suitable outdoor clothing for the time of year. As a guide your experience will last for 5 to 7 hours.
Your voucher is valid for 10 months. The number of other participants on the day will vary depending on the venue. The minimum age for this experience may differ venue to venue but will range between 10 and 16 years of age. Please note that the species of bird flown will be dependent on the time of year. Lunch is included with this experience at the Cheshire, Kent, North Yorkshire, Perthshire and West Sussex venues. At the Fife venue, the supplier will contribute £10 to your lunch at the local bistro. The venue in Perthshire does not include a tour of the Centre you will instead be met by the falconer at a rendevous point and then taken to see the Birds in their natural surroundings. The venue in Kent does not currently operate guided tours but you are welcome to wander round the centre to see the birds of prey on display. At the Derbyshire location children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who will need to pay a £10 spectator fee. The Cornwall venue provides lunch for the client but no spectators are allowed. Please note, dogs are not permitted on site at some locations. At the North Yorkshire venue the season runs year-round. All dates are subject to availability.