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Birds of Prey: Everything you need to know

Indulge your ornithological tendencies and experience the grace and power of majestic birds with a falconry experience from Adore animals? Bonkers about birds? Here’s an experience that will get you up close with birds of prey and allow you to see how they’re trained and cared for.

Learn to handle these majestic creatures at your chosen falconry centre, then (if your tutor allows) you’ll be able to have a go at flying them ‘to the fist’, using specialist equipment and one of those massive gloves. If you’re lucky, the bird will be wearing one of those daft little hats as well. Hee hee!

You’ll also be invited to tour the facilities at your chosen location, learning more about falconry and finding out how the birds are reared and cared for at the centre. You can expect to handle a range of birds including eagle owls, harris hawks, barn owls or buzzards. That’s a veritable clutch of feathered friends.

Our birds of prey days are available all over the UK, including locations in Hampshire, the West Midlands, North Yorkshire, Cheshire, Fife, Perthshire and Derbyshire. You’ll have the opportunity to get some fresh air and explore the local countryside.

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Q: Britain’s Got Talons!
A: That’s quite a confusing thing to say out of context.
Q: Oh, OK, I want to meet a Birds of Prey.
A: Brilliant, because we have a wide range of avian activities to offer you.
Q: Where my birds at?
A: We actually have bird experiences available all over the place, from Scotland to Dorset.
Q: It isn’t just sparrows and pigeons is it?
A: Nope, these are the big birds with the claws and stuff. What birds you meet will vary depending on the venue and whether the birds are in a good mood on the day. But usually you can expect to be flying owls, hawks and buzzards. If you’re a fan of a particular type of bird, the experience information page will tell you all the details you need to know. Remember that birds may not be flown on the day for various diva-ish bird reasons.
Q: How long do I get with my new feathery friend?
A: Again, depends on the type of activity you pick, but it will usually be around 3 to 4 hours with a number of different birds.
Q: Can I point my child at a big bird?
A: We do our best to ensure that everyone can attend these sessions. Some venues can accommodate children, but some impose a minimum age limit of 12-16 years. If you can take kids, you’ll normally need to pay for additional vouchers to cover the entry fee. If you have any queries about whether your kids can attend, just give us a call and we will check with the venue for you.
Q: Do I need to bring anything?
A: Some venues will take you on a walk around local woods or fields so you’ll need to be prepared for that. Don’t turn up in high heels or a tux. Most bird places advise that you wrap up warm on cold days and wear a good outdoor jacket. Regardless of the weather, you should bring a pair of wellies. And don’t forget your camera!
Q: I mean, I don’t want to do this now, but who knows what tomorrow will bring?
A: That’s fine, you can purchase your experience voucher now but you don’t have to book a date right this second. All the instructions will be provided, follow those and pick a date that’s perfect for you.

Fun Facts

  • 1. A bird’s eye takes up about 50 percent of its head, whereas human eyes only take up about 5 percent. Whereas Birds Eye ready meals sadly take up about 97% of my freezer.
  • 2. Owls turn their heads almost 360 degrees but they cannot move their eyes. Which is why they’re great at roundabouts but terrible at parallel parking.
  • 3. Falconry was developed more than 4,000 years ago in eastern and central Asia. Which really spiced up Country Fairs in eastern and central Asia.
  • 4. Genghis Khan reportedly had 10,000 falconers. And, presumably, very few pigeons knocking about his palace.
  • 5. The heaviest bird of prey is the Andean condor, which can weigh up to 27 lb. Though they appreciate it if you don’t constantly point that out to them.
  • 6. The fastest flying bird in a dive is the Peregrine Falcon, with an average speed of over 110 mph. And it can make the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. Sorry that’s the Millennium Falcon.
  • 7. Birds don’t fall when they sleep because their toes automatically clench around the branch they are standing on. Which explains why it all ended so badly when I lived in that tree. Apologies to the picnickers underneath me at the time.
  • 8. The Bald Eagle builds the largest tree nest of all birds, measuring about 9.5ft. Or 10.5ft is they splash out on a conservatory.
  • 9. The seagulls in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds were fed a mixture of wheat and whisky so they would stand around and not fly off. I heard they did a similar thing with Keanu Reeves while making The Matrix, but those rumours are unconfirmed.
  • 10. A Bald Eagle is called ‘bald’ because it is piebald, or black and white, not because it doesn’t have any feathers. Though the rare ‘Combover Eagle’ isn’t fooling anyone.