Beginning Falconry Award Course

This exciting course is designed to teach the beginner, with little or no knowledge, how to prepare for, source, select and care for birds of prey and achieve the nationally recognised Raptor Award qualification. The Hawk Conservancy Trust, in association with Amews Falconry, is offering a rewarding opportunity to gain a detailed knowledge of the care and training of a bird of prey. This 4-day course in bird of prey management and husbandry has the option of an assessment to achieve the National Raptor Award. The course will take place at the Hawk Conservancy Trust, and will cover the following topics:

  • species suitability,
  • housing,
  • essential falconry equipment,
  • feed and food preparation,
  • feeding,
  • hygiene,
  • health,
  • purchasing your first bird,
  • manning and initial training techniques,
  • weighing and weight management,
  • making and fitting essential falconry equipment and flying a bird free,
  • picking up and carrying,
  • flying to the fist on a créance (training line).


Your Course

The course runs over four days (10am – 4pm) and there will be additional homework between sessions. Participants will be assessed on the final afternoon on the practical elements of the course. Following the course, there is an extended period for workbooks to be completed and assessed to attain the Raptor Award.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided as part of this course. Please notify us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements. If your guests would like to join you for lunch, this can be pre-ordered and pre-paid upon arrival. Feathers Restaurant is open from 9am, should you wish to arrive early to purchase refreshments or breakfast to set you up for the day.


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring guests?

Your guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the person booked on the course can participate. We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the course for any reason. Included in the cost of the course is a complimentary adult admission ticket to the Trust.

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 in the other areas within our grounds. Please bring a mask or face covering.

Do I need any special equipment?

All your training and equipment and Raptor Award certificate, if attained, are included in the course.

Other useful information about your experience:

Did you know?
Snowy Owls breed on the Arctic tundra, where females lay a clutch of 3 to 11 eggs in a scraping on the ground.
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