Please note: I removed my original review and have replaced it as I'd only recently learnt that Russ is now based at Petwood Hotel, Stixwould Road, Woodhall Spa LN10 6QG.
My husband and I booked a 'hawk walk' with Russ, planning ahead to a weekend break at Branston Hall. It was a fantastic experience - and as promised within a few minutes of meeting Russ and receiving some sensible advice we both had a hawk on our gloves! We spent the next hour or so walking with Russ listening to his wonderful experiences with birds of prey - with the hawks following us closely through the trees and regularly flying to our gloves. It was hard to describe how thrilling it was to see these fabulous creatures close up and look in their eyes - feeling their wings sweep your back before landing on your arm. We later had the chance to see some owls close up on perches and on gloves and then we accompanied Russ on a training walk with a young falcon, who could hover in mid air besting any harrier or euro-fighter you may have seen! I cannot recommend this highly enough and my husband and I will be looking to visit Russ again at his new base in Petwood. The website through which we booked is www.russtipperfalconry.com and Russ is also on Facebook.
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