Falconry techniques have been refined over centuries and passed down from many falconers. This half day course gives you the opportunity to share in this knowledge and also to interact 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 see the variety of birds of prey close up and learn all about their different characteristics, speed capabilities and hunting habits. After that, you will have the chance to fly some of them to the fist under the watchful eye of the trainer. Finally there will be plenty of photo opportunities to capture a 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! You will be at the venue for approximately 2-3 hours in total.
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 from venue to venue but will range between 10 and 16 years of age. The venues at Perthshire and Kent do not include a guided tour of their respective centres, but do provide access to said centres. Please note that the species of bird flown will be dependent on the time of year. At the Chichester location spectators are not allowed, but guests can accompany for an additional fee of £40. Spectators are welcome at all other venues. All spectators will have to pay £10 at the North Yorkshire location. At the Kent and Dorset locations, a maximum of one spectator is allowed and they must be aged 14 or over, they will have to pay £20 to attend. 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. Please note dogs are not permitted on site at some locations.The Biggar location only accepts bookings between 1st April to 31st October inclusive.