X

Young Falconer's Experience

This is your opportunity to become a falconer for the day. You will join two members of our team for this exciting three hour session where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Handle and fly a variety of species of owls and hawks
  • Meet a vulture and hold a falcon
  • Try your hand at swinging a lure
  • Weighing and feeding birds
  • See some behind-the-scenes techniques of a flying display and have a go yourself
  • Learn about some of the techniques we use to train our birds

This experience is suitable for children aged 12 to 15 years.

Please note that this experience only takes places between February and October.

£65.00

 

 

Your Experience

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. These three hour experience sessions are available in the morning or afternoon:

Afternoon sessions are half an hour longer as they include a break to watch the 2pm flying display. If you book a morning session, you are welcome to stay at the Trust after your session to enjoy the rest of our daily activities and displays. If you book an afternoon session, you are welcome to join us in the morning, before your session begins.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Please call us on 01264 773850 (between 9am and 5pm) and have your voucher number to hand.

This experience must be pre-booked. Due to the popularity of this experience, early booking is required. Your voucher is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase; an expiry date is shown inside your gift card. 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.

Can I bring guests?

We ask that each child is accompanied to the Trust by a responsible adult (admission for this person included in the experience price). This adult must remain on site throughout the duration of the experience but cannot join the experience session itself. Other guests are welcome to visit the Trust (normal admission rates apply) but only the child booked on the experience can attend 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 14 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 booking has to be cancelled by the Trust, a mutually suitable alternative date will be found.) Bookings and experience vouchers are non-refundable.

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.

Will my experience still go ahead in bad weather?

If severe weather threatens, the Trust may cancel the event by 2pm the day before. Please contact the office on 01264 773850 after 2pm the day before your experience to confirm that the weather conditions are suitable for your experience to take place.

Please note:

Did you know?
The Secretary Bird’s name could originate from two theories. The first is that it looks are like the old-fashioned secretaries who carried quill pens behind their ears. Alternatively, it could come from the Arabic ‘saqr-et-tair’. Saqr means ‘hunter’ or ‘hawk’ and tair means ‘flight’ or ‘bird’.
©2018 Hawk Conservancy Trust