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:
DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE BOOKINGS FOR THIS COURSE AT THIS TIME. WE ARE WORKING ON WAYS WE CAN ADJUST OUR EXPERIENCES AND COURSES TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR BIRDS, STAFF AND VISITORS SO THAT WE CAN OFFER THEM AGAIN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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 (included in this course) will be taken in Feathers Restaurant. 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.
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.
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.
All your training and equipment and Raptor Award certificate, if attained, are included in the course.
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