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We offer a range of experiences, courses and workshops, perfect for all wildlife and bird lovers.

Gift vouchers can be used to book any of our experiences, courses or workshops.

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Tickets only £145.00 A Day with Birds of Prey Birds of prey hold a great fascination for many people, and we understand the desire to get closer to and learn more about these majestic creatures. Join this full day experience...

Birds of prey hold a great fascination for many people, and we understand the desire to get closer to and learn more about these majestic creatures. Join this full day experience and let our knowledgeable team feed your fascination!

During your day, we will introduce you to a number of our resident birds and you will have the opportunity to handle and work with various species, including eagles, kites, owls, hawks and vultures. We’ll also give you an insight into our work with young and injured birds, as well as the conservation and research work that we do both in the UK and overseas. With two knowledgeable and enthusiastic members of our team guiding you through your day, you will have an opportunity to ask all your burning questions.

During the afternoon, you will watch our ‘Valley of the Eagles’ flying demonstration which is set in our beautiful wildflower meadow and see some of the birds you’ve met display their awe-inspiring skills in flight.

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 full day experience will begin at 9:30am when you are met in Feathers Restaurant by your host. The experience will end at around 4:30pm. 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.

Lunch and refreshments (included in this experience) 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 upon arrival.

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Tickets only £79.50 Bird of Prey Experience Birds of prey hold a great fascination for many people, and we understand the desire to get closer to and learn more about these majestic creatures. Join this half...

Birds of prey hold a great fascination for many people, and we understand the desire to get closer to and learn more about these majestic creatures. Join this half day experience and let our knowledgeable team feed your fascination!

During your experience session, we will introduce you to a number of our resident birds and you will have the opportunity to handle and work with various species, including eagles, kites, owls, hawks and vultures. We’ll also give you an insight into our work with young and injured birds, as well as the conservation and research work that we do both in the UK and overseas.

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Tickets only £79.50 Owl Experience Owls are mysterious and enigmatic creatures, known for their incredible silent flight, super-powered hearing and piercing stare. With over 200 species of owls in the world, and a...

Owls are mysterious and enigmatic creatures, known for their incredible silent flight, super-powered hearing and piercing stare. With over 200 species of owls in the world, and a plethora of tales about the mysteries and folklore surrounding these enchanting species, owls hold a great fascination for many people. Join this half day experience to meet some of our beautiful resident owls, and let our knowledgeable team feed your fascination!

During your experience session, you will have an opportunity to meet and work with a variety of species of owl, which may include a Barn Owl, a Tawny Owl, a Great Grey Owl and a Long-eared Owl. We’ll also give you an insight into our work with young and injured birds, as well as the conservation and research work that we do both in the UK and overseas.

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Tickets only £19.50 Meet the Burrowers VIP Encounter Have you ever wanted to get inside the wonderful world of owls? Now you can in our brand new Meet the Burrowers VIP Encounter. We’ll invite you into the...

Have you ever wanted to get inside the wonderful world of owls?

Now you can in our brand new Meet the Burrowers VIP Encounter. We’ll invite you into the ‘burrow’ where our team of owls will fly, hover, walk and run around you. These cute and curious owls will delight as they show off their unusual burrowing behaviour, diving in and out of their tunnels. You’ll get a great view as they land and hop between you, they may even use you as a perch!

  • Sessions are 30 minutes long and take place daily at 12:30pm.
  • Last bookings online accepted at midnight the night before. Bookings can be made onsite on the day of the encounter up to 12pm, dependant on availability.
  • Admission not included and must be purchased in addition for the day of your visit.
  • Participants must be aged 6 and over. All children aged 6-12 must be accompanied by a full-paying adult.
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Tickets only £79.50 African Bird of Prey Experience During this half day experience, you will be given the opportunity to fly an African species of owl, a Yellow-billed Kite, a Hooded Vulture and an African eagle. You will also be...

During this half day experience, you will be given the opportunity to fly an African species of owl, a Yellow-billed Kite, a Hooded Vulture and an African eagle. You will also be invited to watch our spectacular ‘Wings of Africa’ flying demonstration from a private balcony. During this display, you will see our African birds soar around the Savannah Arena with special effects to transport you to Africa.

Following the display, you will be able to meet some of the stars, which may include the Secretary Bird, our Storks, a Lanner Falcon, and you can even meet the meerkats. We’ll also give you an insight into our work with young and injured birds, as well as the conservation and research work that we do both in the UK and overseas.

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

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Tickets only £79.50 Vulture Experience 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...

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.

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.

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Tickets only £65.00 Young Falconer 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: ...

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.

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:

  • Morning sessions will begin at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm.
  • Afternoon sessions begin at 1:00pm and finish at 4:30pm.

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.

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.

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Tickets only £65.00 Children's Owl Experience During this half day experience you will have the opportunity to handle and fly a variety of species of owls, which may include a Tawny Owl, a Boobook Owl, a Great Grey Owl and a...

During this half day experience you will have the opportunity to handle and fly a variety of species of owls, which may include a Tawny Owl, a Boobook Owl, a Great Grey Owl and a Long-eared Owl.

You will learn how to identify some owls by sight and sound, and you will even have the opportunity to dissect an owl pellet to discover what owls eat.

This experience is suitable for children aged 6 to 11 years.

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:

  • Morning sessions will begin at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm.
  • Afternoon sessions begin at 1:00pm and finish at 4:30pm.

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.

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Tickets only £145.00 Full-day Photographic Experience Birds of prey make wonderful subjects for photography and we understand the desire to get closer to them to capture that perfect shot. Our photographic experience days offer you...

Birds of prey make wonderful subjects for photography and we understand the desire to get closer to them to capture that perfect shot. Our photographic experience days offer you the chance to learn more about our fantastic birds and to photograph them in various surroundings so that you can capture that shot which really shows off the beauty and the characters of the individual birds.

There is a wide range of native and exotic species available to photograph, including kites, owls eagles, falcons and vultures. You will have the opportunity to get closer to our birds and photograph them either free-flying or in static poses, and in natural surroundings. We have a beautiful woodland arena and award-winning chalk downland wildflower meadow.

During the afternoon, you will also watch our ‘Valley of the Eagles’ flying demonstration which is set in Reg’s wildflower meadow and see some of the birds you’ve met display their awe-inspiring skills in flight. This will give you an additional opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with up to twenty birds in the air at one time.

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to eight guests, with two members of our team on hand to set up shots and give you an insight to the characters of our birds throughout your day.

Your full day experience will begin at 9:30am when you are met in Feathers Restaurant by your host. The experience will end at around 4:30pm. 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.

Lunch and refreshments (included in this experience) 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-paid and pre-ordered upon arrival.

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Tickets only £79.50 Half-day Photographic Experience This three hour session is suitable for both the professional and the enthusiastic amateur who is looking to capture stunning images of birds of prey in free flight and static...

This three hour session is suitable for both the professional and the enthusiastic amateur who is looking to capture stunning images of birds of prey in free flight and static poses, set in natural surroundings.

Two experienced members of our team will guide you through this exciting experience and they will be on hand to set up shots, as well as giving you an insight to the characters of the birds that you will have an opportunity to work with. Birds of prey make wonderful subjects for photography and we have a brilliant team of birds who are fully trained and familiar with photography work.

There is a wide range of native and exotic species available to photograph, including kites, owls eagles, falcons and vultures. You will have the opportunity to get closer to our birds and photograph them either free-flying or in static poses, and in natural surroundings. We have a beautiful woodland arena and award-winning chalk downland wildflower meadow.

These intimate experience sessions are limited to small groups of up to eight guests, with two members of our team on hand to set up shots and give you an insight to the characters of our birds throughout your day.

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

  • Morning sessions will begin at 9:30am and finish at 12:30pm.
  • Afternoon sessions begin at 1:00pm and finish at 4:30pm.

Afternoon sessions are half an hour longer as they include a break to watch the 2pm flying display. This will give you an additional opportunity to photograph birds in flight, with up to twenty birds in the air at one time. 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.

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Tickets only £450.00 Lantra 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...

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 Lantra qualification.

The Hawk Conservancy Trust, in association with Amews Falconry, is offering a rewarding opportunity to achieve the nationally recognised Lantra qualification.  This 4-day course in bird of prey management and husbandry has the option of an assessment to achieve the Lantra 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).

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 Lantra 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 upon arrival. 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.

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Tickets only £159.00 Photographic Workshop with Oliver Smart If you’ve ever wondered how the professionals get that ‘perfect shot’ or simply want to improve your photography skills with some expert guidance then...

If you’ve ever wondered how the professionals get that ‘perfect shot’ or simply want to improve your photography skills with some expert guidance then Oliver’s workshop has been specially designed for you.

Oliver and our own Hawk Conservancy team will help you set up shots with our trained birds and show you how to apply these skills with wild birds and other wildlife subjects. Our team will explain more about the bird species in the workshop and their habitats and lifestyles in the wild, while Oliver will help you capture great shots and offer expert instruction on key skills such as composition, camera control and lighting. By creating natural sets with a variety of props and getting up close and personal with our birds, you’ll discover some tricks of the trade and will soon be on your way to taking expert quality photographs of your own.

A basic knowledge of photography would be beneficial to those wishing to take part in the workshop but Oliver will always be on hand to ensure you get the most out of your day. Oliver Smart is an expert wildlife photographer who regularly travels the world on photography expeditions and leads photography workshops. His work is regularly featured in many wildlife journals including British BirdsBird Watching and Bird Watch and he writes for a number of publications.

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We offer a range of experiences, courses and workshops, perfect for all wildlife and bird lovers.

Gift vouchers can be used to book any of our experiences, courses or workshops.

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