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Behind-the-scenes Winter Experience

During the winter, we offer the rare chance for you and a companion to have an exclusive experience with our knowledgeable falconer Cédric, behind the scenes here at the Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Whilst the Trust grounds are closed to the general public, you will be granted special access to accompany Cédric to feed and fly a variety of iconic birds, accessing areas not normally open to the public to really see the falconry work of the Trust.  With an expert at your fingertips, you’ll be able to ask everything you wish to know about falconry, the Trust and our impressive birds.

Cédric has worked with us since 2006 and will be delighted to share his extensive knowledge with you as you accompany him to tend to the birds.  This experience will give you the chance to learn about and fly a variety of awe-inspiring birds, and promises to be a truly memorable occasion to cherish forever.  Be sure to bring a camera to capture shots of the birds and those magical moments.

Your experience:

These intimate experience sessions are limited to two guests per experience. The commence at 9:3am and finish at 3:30pm, including a break for lunch in Feathers Restaurant.

Dates available:

These experience sessions are held on selected dates during the closed period at the Trust (subject to availability). This experience is extremely popular so early booking is recommended.

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?

We regret that additional participants are not permitted to join the experience for any reason.

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 in the other areas within our grounds.

The majority of this experience session will be held outside so warm clothing is necessary.

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 Cédric will be on hand to take pictures of you with the birds.

Other useful information about this experience:

These experiences are extremely popular and get booked up very quickly. We only take bookings during the autumn, however if you would like to be put on the waiting list, please call 01264 773850.
Did you know?
Golden Eagles are more closely related to hawks (like the Red-tailed Hawk) than to Bald Eagles. Bald Eagles are more closely related to kites.
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