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“great day with the raptors!”

Falconry UK Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species.Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful arena. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.We also provide falconry experience days for both adults and children, experiences days start from £30..
Derby, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“great day with the raptors!”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Loved it all, particularly the hawk walk with Dave, the information passed on and the range of birds handled from a little owl to a golden eagle called Boris - brillo! :)

Visited October 2013
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Derbyshire
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Our second visit for an experience day and it was even better this time!”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

We took part in the full-day falconry experience last year and had a great time so came back again this year with friends who wanted to do the experience as well. Had a great day with such useful information from Kerry, Colin and Dave. Nikki and Hugo the dog in the cafe/shop were lovely too! Had a fab time in the morning flying different birds and then a hawk walk with the Harris Hawk in the lanes near the estate - we were only a small group so everyone got loads of time with the birds.

Lunch is sandwich, crisps, chocolate and drink in the small cafe/shop - I think its perfectly adequate for the centers purpose - this place isn't a theme park and the main focus is on the birds not the shop of the playground (which looked perfectly adequate to me). The birds are looked after to such high standards and everything is done around their welfare, perhaps some people who haven't had the opportunity to speak to the handlers as much as we did don't understand how these birds should be kept?

The day ended with us flying Boris the Golden Eagle - an absolutely amazing animal - to be so close to something of that size and power is an amazing opportunity - looking eye to eye with an eagle is something you get to do everyday and I'd recommend it to anyone.

Definitely want to come back next year and try the Eagle Experience - hope the first sessions go well in November, we'll be watching the website for details of how to book.

A special mention for Dave - when we visited last year he was really quiet and helped out with the session, this year he's running them himself and learning all the time - well done Dave!

Visited October 2013
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Munich, Germany
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Awesome experience”
Reviewed 20 October 2013

The half-day experience on falconry was the best thing I have done on a vacation for years. Learning to handle the birds of prey is a great experience. The staff is very experienced, kind and witty.

Visited October 2013
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Pulham Market, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed 18 October 2013

My friend and I visited recently and we were most impressed by the wonderful variety of birds. The staff are so very knowledgeable and welcoming. I shall certainly return and hope to see the new addition griffon vulture 'Ringo' in the dispay area.

Wonderful

Visited October 2013
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York, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Falconry expierience”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I received a full days experience as a present. My wife came along as a spectator with the camera (a must for this day).
The day was great. All the birds were great to handle and see fly. the Hawk walk was very good, a Harris hawk flying around us collecting food from designated hands.
The staff were very knowledgeable. Kerry was our main tutor for the day, she made the day fun and enjoyable. I would highly recommend this a s a day out.
Our party was very small, however they can cater for large crowds.
A 5 star day out. Well done to all the staff.

Visited October 2013
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