Falconry West Sussex

Falconry West Sussex

Our West Sussex falconry experiences provide a unique insight into the handling and training of birds of prey and make a fantastic day out in the countryside for anyone with an interest in these marvellous creatures.

During your falconry experience at this West Sussex centre near Chichester you’ll be able to meet some of the UK and Europe’s finest winged wonders and learn about the history of falconry and hawking. What’s more if the weather holds you will be taking the brave step of allowing some of the birds to perch on your gloved hand on training flights.

With a choice of an owl handling session a half day or a full day working with these fabulous fliers this is a trio of wonderful activity days for wild bird lovers of all ages and abilities. Your time on the West Sussex falconry site starts with refreshments as well as an introduction to the birds you’ll meet and some background information on the sport and the skills involved with working with such dedicated hunters as well as their natural hunting habits and wildlife habitat.

If you’re a fan of owls you’ll love the owl handling experiences. Being two hours long it’s ideal for dipping your beak into the world of falconry and you will get to meet photograph handle and fly some wonderfully beady-eyed birds such as the Barn and European Owls.

For half-day falconry sessions you’ll meet and admire a range of owls hawks and falcons – with the total experience lasting approximately three hours. For full-day bookings you’ll break for a homemade lunch at midday before progressing in the afternoon to creating some training equipment such as anklets and jesses and also receiving expert tuition on the best ways to train various birds of prey.

Weather permitting the full five-hour day experience then concludes with free flying in the field where you can fully appreciate the majesty and splendour of these magical birds. Our West Sussex falconry days are bound to catch the eye of avid avian enthusiasts as well as anyone wanting to learn more about the different falcons and owls that grace our skies. Why not ruffle a few feathers and treat yourself or someone else to an unforgettable bird-handling bonanza?

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Falconry Leicestershire

Falconry Leicestershire

Falconry in Leicestershire – get up close to cute little owls and fly beady-eyed eagles! This centre is situated on a farm near to Market Harborough which is south of Leicester city centre and in the farming heartland of a county with a long tradition of hunting and country sports.

Opting for the half day or full day falconry experience at this Leicestershire venue will see you spending time with Andrew as your host. To put it simply Andrew loves being a falconer. It’s hard work and long hours but after you’ve spent weeks or even months training a raptor and you then watch them fly free for the first time with such grace and finesse it is a magical moment and ultimately very rewarding as you will learn for yourself in just a few hours with Andrew.

You will get to meet a variety of birds from eagles (just check out the size of their claws!) to the nimble falcons as well as the falconer’s four footed friends Boris and Walt the gun dogs. You will also be shown the classic falconry techniques to get the raptors flying straight onto your gloved hand. In fact you can expect to be getting so close to these birds that you’ll be able to see their feathers ruffle in the breeze and if you dare look them right in the eye

And those on the full day course get to spend the afternoon out and about with the birds typically flying an Eagle or Eagle Owl in the summer months and out hunting with the Harris Hawks assisted by the ferrets and dogs in the winter.

Andrew also offers an Owl Encounter session where you’ll spend three hours meeting learning about and flying a variety of species of Owl.

Whichever course you pick you’re sure to learn an awful lot about falconry at Leicestershire’s friendliest centre near Market Harborough. See hear and learn all about things such as breeding hatching rearing feeding and developing the unique relationship between handler and bird. Andrew is a superb host and is very skilled with and enthusiastic about each and every feathered friend he trains and flies.

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Meet Loki the Raven Essex

Meet Loki the Raven Essex

Get ready to meet Loki on this raven experience! You don’t have to go to the Tower of London to meet the ravens this cheeky chappy is a bonafide Essex resident and he loves nothing more than showing off in front of an audience!

Ravens are one of the largest crows. Also known as one of the Corvus species they’re easily distinguishable by their size their glossy black plumage and their rather impressive croaky call. Loki was named after the Norse god of mischief and trickery – and the team will tell you that he certainly lives up to his name.

Loki is a highly intelligent bird who was totally stealing the limelight during the falconry shows so much so that he has been given his very own experience. You’ll meet lovely Loki the raven and really get to know him. He really is quite a character. He knows loads of tricks (playing the xylophone to let your handler know you’re a bit peckish anyone?) and loves solving puzzles.

He’s super friendly too. He adores flying in and perching on your shoulder (especially when he thinks there’s a chance he might be rewarded with a little titbit of food!) and relishes human interaction. He can be really quite a chatty raven and will have you completely enthralled. In essence Loki is a real crowd pleaser and entertainer.

These raven experiences give you around 30-minutes with the star turn Loki. You’ll be in a small group of up to six people and every session is hosted by a member of the falconry team. As well as meeting and interacting with Loki you’ll learn lots about ravens their characteristics and habitats too. Sessions generally run in the afternoons so book your slot to play with Loki now!

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Birds of Prey North Somerset

Birds of Prey North Somerset

Meet the birds of prey in North Somerset! This falconry centre and breeding facility is about an hour’s drive from Bristol and near to Weston Super Mare. Apart from half a dozen open days each year this place isn’t normally open to the public so these experiences are really rather special giving you an insight into the work this non-profitable organisation does.

We are offering a two-hour Owl Experience (this is the one the kids love most!) a 90-minute Birds of Prey session and a four-hour more in-depth Falconry Experience. On all three there are plenty of opportunities to take photos meet and fly some really rather fine feathered creatures and learn about falconry.

You’re sure to fall in love with at least one of the residents of this North Somerset falconry centre. It’s impossible not to. They are all stars of the show but we have to admit the likes of Nandita the cute as a button Indian Scops Owl is a firm favourite. At the other end of the wingspan scale there’s Hercules the impressive and massive European Eagle Owl – he is truly magnificent especially in flight.

Not all the raptors living at the centre are display birds. The organisation does a lot of important work treating and rehabilitating injured wild and rescue birds as well as rehoming unwanted birds of prey. If you book on to the four-hour Falconry Experience you’ll hear all about this role as well as giving you a deeper insight into training and breeding birds.

Located within a garden centre and nursery this North Somerset birds of prey centre is a lovely place for all the family to visit. The Birds of Prey and Falconry expereinces both include a cream tea at neighbouring Heather’s Coffee Shop so you’ll learn lots about raptors and have a tasty treat too!

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Birds of Prey Peterborough

Birds of Prey Peterborough

It’s the best of the east when you try falconry in Peterborough! These two-hour sessions give you a great introduction to the sport of falconry with plenty of opportunity to meet handle and fly lots of different species of birds.

Charlotte and her dedicated team put on falconry shows and displays that wow hundreds and hundreds of spectators every year. These small group experiences allow you to get up close to these magnificent creatures in the wonderful setting of the Orton Hall hotel a spectacular country hotel set in a 20-acre woodland estate just east of Peterborough.

As you might expect the birds are very much part of the family. Each one is lovingly cared for and every bird taking part in experience days or displays loves to show off their skills. They do all have their very own character and it’s fascinating to see how the relationship between falconer and raptor works.

Ruby the Tawny Owl is friendly and responsive and you’ll instantly recognise her ‘twit-twoo’ sound. Blue the Chilean Blue Buzzard Eagle is a true star in the arena and loves a crowd. Jerry the Kestrel has amazing hunting capabilities including a very special talent (we won’t tell you what it is here!). Havana the Siberian Eagle Owl is a true beauty and very photogenic but also a formidable hunter. And who could forget Cardhu the very rare female Eastern Chanting Goshawk. She’s acrobatic and very vocal too hence her name!

Whichever humans and feathered members at this Peterborough falconry centre you get to meet you’re sure to learn a lot and all in a fun and informative way. It’s all very hands on too so you will be donning your falconer’s glove and calling raptors to your hand in a fine display of flying prowess. There’s no need to decide now whether you prefer an owl or a birds of prey experience – buy your voucher and decide when you book in!

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