Full Day Birds of Prey Experience

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre’s “one day introduction to Birds of Prey experience” offers a unique insight into the art of falconry. Throughout the day, emphasis is “hands on” and you will be given the chance to handle and fly many different species of raptors.

The day begins with a tour of the Eagle Lawn that is home to 30 birds of prey. You will get hands on straight away while flying a Kestrel, Male Chilean Blue Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk and a Tawny Owl in our flying arena. We will then move to our Experience Day Lawn where you will get an up close encounter with a lovely White Faced Scops Owl, a large falcon, African Pygmy Falcon and one of our Large Owl Species such as a Great Grey Owl or Snowy Owl.

The day includes a “Hawk Walk” where you and one of our falconers take a Harris Hawk out of the bird of prey Centre and into the grounds of Sion Hill Hall. The hawk is then let off to follow along as you walk this allows you to see a bird of prey in a more natural setting the Hawk is then recalled to your glove.

After the Hawk Walk you will return to the Centre and have a quick refreshment break. The experience day carries on by flying an Common Buzzard, a very friendly Vulture and a European Eagle Owl.

The day ends with our Eagle Encounter which gives you the chance to handle and fly our larger eagles here at the centre. For 2022 we have been using one of our stunning Bald Eagles for this Eagle Encounter and Breagha one of our female White Tailed Eagles.

The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 3.15pm. Refreshment breaks are included and the TBOPC staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the Centre.

(approximately 14 different birds will be used but birds may be upgraded due to weather conditions and the centers commitments)

  • Age restriction applies from 16 years upwards.
  • Up to 6 people will be able to interact with the birds on this experience.
  • Due to the physical nature of this experience, you must be able to hold 10lb in weight in your left hand unassisted and be able bodied.
  • Up to one spectator can accompany each person taking part on the day. Spectator admission is £20.00 and can be purchased online or on the day of your visit.
  • Vouchers are non-refundable.
  • Vouchers can be transferred to another person.
  • Vouchers may be exchanged for a different experience. If the experience you are exchanging it for is a higher cost, you will be required to pay the difference. If the experience is a lower cost no refunds will be given.
  • Experience Days are weather dependant. TBOPC will reschedule the experience if the weather is not suitable.
  • TBOPC Camera Policy is still to be followed.

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Full Day Birds of Prey Experience


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