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Vulture Experience

£74.50

Vultures are key species in ecosystems where they occur. They consume more dead animals than other scavengers and play a major role in nutrient recycling. Vultures are also dedicated parents, social and gregarious, extremely fussy about being clean (after eating) and extraordinarily graceful on the wing. We think vultures are fantastic creatures and we aim to champion them in all that we do. Join us for this special experience so that we can share our passion for these birds with you.

You will have the opportunity to feed our King Vulture and meet our Cinereous Vultures and Griffon Vulture. You will also be able to handle and fly a variety of vulture species, which may include an African White-backed Vulture, a Turkey Vulture, a Black Vulture and a Hooded Vulture.

During the morning, you will learn more about these vitally important birds and the struggles they face around the world, whilst being able to appreciate their beauty and majestic flying capabilities at close range. We’ll also give you an insight into our overseas conservation and research work that we do with vultures.

£74.50



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Description

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to six guests, with two members of our team guiding and informing you through your day.

Your half day experience will begin at 9:30am when you are met in Feathers Restaurant by your host. The experience will end at around 12:30pm. Feathers Restaurant is open from 9:00am, should you wish to arrive early to purchase refreshments or breakfast to set you up for the day.

Once your morning experience session has finished, you are welcome to stay with us to enjoy the rest of our daily activities and displays.

Frequently asked questions:

I have a gift voucher for this experience, how do I book?

Please call the office on 01264 773850 between 9:00am and 5:00pm; have your voucher number and a selection of preferred dates to hand.

Can I bring guests?

Your guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the person booked on the experience can participate in this experience session. We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the experience for any reason.

If you have friends or family visiting the Trust for the day, a maximum of two people can join you to take photographs. Please notify your hosts on the day if you have such guests, and you will be advised about the meeting time and place for them to join you.

Can I cancel or alter my booking?

A minimum of seven days’ notice is required to alter or cancel a booking. We regret that any alterations or cancellations notified after this time will result in forfeit of the event and any related monies. (If the event has to be cancelled by the Trust, a mutually suitable alternative date will be found.) Experience Vouchers are non-refundable. However they can be transferred to another person if the recipient is unable to attend. Please notify the Trust if you wish to transfer your Gift Voucher.

What should I wear?

We would like to advise visitors that we have a natural countryside setting and sensible footwear and appropriate clothing for outdoors are recommended. Please also avoid wearing bright coloured clothing. Most walkways are laid paths; however you may find some natural unevenness within our grounds.

Do I need any special equipment?

All necessary training and equipment are supplied.

Can I take photos during my experience?

Yes! We are more than happy for you to take photographs as a memento of your day, and our staff at the experience session will be on hand to take pictures of you with the birds.

Other useful information about this experience:

  • This is  not  an  intensive  course  to  teach  people  how  to  practice  falconry  or  keep  birds  of  prey  but  a relaxed day, set at the pace of the guests on the day, to learn about and handle our birds, and to have an intimate insight into the work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust.
  • Experiences are available as gift vouchers that are valid for 12 months, allowing the recipient to choose when they wish to attend from a selection of dates. Please note your experience must be booked and fulfilled before the expiry date shown. Once the voucher has expired, the experience and any related monies are forfeited.
  • Guests must be aged 16 or over (for younger age groups, we offer Young Falconer and Children’s Owl Experiences).
  • This experience must be pre-booked
  • Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is strongly recommended.
  • If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2:00pm the day before. Please contact the office after 2:00pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for the experience to take place.
  • The Trust reserves the right to vary the content and format of any event, without notice, if necessary.
  • Terms and conditions apply.

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