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“More interested in getting money out of you than anything else”
Review of Phoenix Falconry

Phoenix Falconry
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Blackford
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 16 March 2011

Had a voucher for this that was forgotten about until the day before it was due to expire.

Called to arrange and had to book for the next day, no flexibility offered. Unfortunately couldn't attend the next day and called to see if could reschedule and even offered to bring more people another time and pay the difference and they couldn't be bothered to help. Then they say they're going to charge a cancellation fee for something they've been paid for and don't even have to provide, what a scam !

Don't bother, I'm sure its fine if you get there but they obviously don't care one bit about you as a customer......

12  Thank tqPerth
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

As a unique christmas present I gifted my son, partner and nephew a voucher for a falconry lesson, but unfortunateky my partner had another commitment on the day we were due to visit, and I am so glad he did as I reluctanly took his place but thoroughly enjoyed what was not only enthralling experience interacting with the birds but found the leson to be very interesting and educational.

The snow was falling as we approached the farm track leading to the venue, making the last few hundred yards tricky out still highly passable even in my low profile car. The reception area is welcoming with several double leather setees where the group gathers for the background chat about falconry supplemented with a couple of short videos. The presenter was very professional and has more than 2 decades of experience. We then saw the birds that were being used as part of the breeding programme and saw the technology invlolved in incubating the eggs.

We next had a tour showing us the hunting birds and then were introduced to our instructor who again was very knowledgeable and passionate about falconry. We went out with the instructor and as he explained the training programme the birds take part in, he used the bird to demonstrate what he was explaining allowing everyone in the group to have a turn at feeding him and perching him on their gauntlet.

My son and nephew thoroughly enjoyed it and I have now promied them they can attend a half day event where they will get to fly lots of birds, as this was only an introduction and lasted 90 mins, but an ideal way to have a go and decide if you want to take it further.

As I said it was snowing when we were there and warm, waterproof clothes and a good pair of outdoor shooes/boots were definatley needed. Use the instructions on the back of th voucher to help you find the location as we got slightly lost but once realised these instructions were there it was straightforward to find the location.

I would recommend this trip to those above 12 years of age who have an interest in nature.

1  Thank Shels29
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Reviewed 27 November 2010

the moment i entered the reception lounge of phoenix falconry at nine o'clock on a blue-blue, november morning, it was clear that i was not in just any falconry place. as a lifelong bird watcher and raptor enthusiast, i've been magnetically drawn to half a dozen or so "raptor centres" up and down the country. i just always want to get closer to these charismatic, deadly and beautiful creatures. but now, as i checked in for my day at phoenix falconry, i smiled. it felt as if i'd come home. this was the real deal. you see, phoenix is different. very different: the sumptuous leather sofas arranged around coffee tables laden with authoritative volumes on birds; the wide-screen media station; the original oil paintings hung upon the walls depicting birds of prey in action and scenes from the glory-days of falconry; the museum-style glass-cases exhibiting strange and arcane paraphernalia & artifacts of the noble art of falconry; the sheer luxury of the place and the manner in which i was welcomed and put at ease. all of this told me that here, at last i had found a world-class facility practising falconry to a five-star, corporate standard. the falconry instructors and other staff were also something rather extraordinary to behold. they all seemed to have stepped straight out of the pages of 'country-life' and they certainly cut imposing figures, bedecked as they were in broad-check shirts & ties with green and brown tweeds galore. yes, quite a spectacle and i hadn't even seen any birds yet!

so then, to the birds - what can i say? during our all-morning session, bird after breathtaking bird was introduced and flown for (and sometimes by) our small, intimate group of ten people. raptors aplenty, from the impossibly small scaups owl to the eye-poppingly immense bald eagle, via many species of falcon, hawk,neagle and owl in between, were skilfully flown to unforgettable effect against the backdrop of dappled light fanning through the trees on the tract of achingly beautiful, prime-pertshire scenery that phoenix nestles within. mountain, moorland, forest and hill in the distance, stupendous raptors in the foreground - was i dreaming? the falconers were expert, articulate and utterly professional, yet highly approachable nonetheless, no hint of aloofness - natural teachers, lively and often very funny presenters. time and time again it was apparent to me that the phoenix falconry staff are committed to what they do at a very deep level indeed, and they were generous with their knowledge of birds of prey and falconry, eager to share it with those of us lucky enough to be present that day. in the afternoon it got even better when we were taken out on a hunting walk by two of the falconers and an amazing dog, a german shorthaired pointer named spencer. what an afternoon we had out amongst the heather and birch. the word "experience" is terribly overused these days but what happens at phoenix truly IS an experience. there's no other word for it, and for as long as i live, i shall never forget the adrenalin-charged excitement of holding an intensely focused and extremely deadly hawk upon my gloved fist, poised, keeping as quiet as i could as the dog came "on-point" for a rabbit in the bracken. like a scene from one of those oil paintings of falconers out on the moor "back in the day" - only the sound of my own heartbeat in my ears..

Thank melanievenables
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Reviewed 16 October 2015
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