Falconry UK - Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre

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 English garden. 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.

Discover at first hand what makes these birds masters of the skies. Following each breathtaking display you too may hold our birds of prey for The Ultimate Hands on Experience.

Just Giving Page

We had planned to reopen on the 12th April however updated government guidance recently received states that we are not allowed to offer flying displays, or any talks or demonstrations that would generate an audience and we feel this is a big part of what we offer. For most people the main part of their visit is seeing the birds fly free during our three daily shows and it will be difficult for us to restrict access to this area as we will of course still be exercising and training our birds still.

We have taken the difficult decision to delay opening until 17th May (government restrictions allowing of course). We have been in touch with our Local MP and other governing bodies to raise our concerns and seek clarification, If the situation changes we will reopen straight away.

 I know many of you will understand how difficult these enforced closures have been for us but as always the health and safety of our birds, visitors and staff will always come before anything else.

We now have to budget for being closed for a further 5 weeks, yet again another blow to an already challenging year. 


The centre is still closed till 17th May however Experience Days are available to book and are being delivered from 1st May 2021. Please call 01845 587522 with possible dates you would like to attend for your experience. The diary is all ready getting busy so please do not delay if you are limited to certain days, we run these experiences most days of the week including weekends. We look forward to seeing you for your Experience Day. 


How you can still help?

We have set up a Just Giving Page if anyone would like to kindly donate. We had budgeted for reopening on 12th April but find ourselves now having to stay closed for another 5weeks. Any donation is much apprecaited. Thank you. 




Sponsorship Packages Starting from £25

The perfect gift for bird lovers, we've got loads of bird species up for Sponsorship.

Some BIG, some small, some weird but all of them WONDERFUL... and with your support that's the way we can keep it.

It costs from just £25 to sponsor your favourite bird, and straight away we'll give you a FREE ticket for a day at the centre. There are three packs to choose from, the Bronze Sponsorship Pack, the Silver Sponsorship Pack and the Gold Sponsorship Pack and each can be given as a gift. 

Over 10 of our birds are available for Sponsorship in our Bronze Sponsorship Pack such as Haggis our lovely Tawny Owl.


Each Bronze pack contains:

  • Single Admission Ticket that can be used at any time within the Sponsorship period (each ticket is valid for one adult).
  •  Your name displayed on a 'Thank You' board on our Sponsors Wall of Thanks (by 20th of following month)
  •  On your visit we will endeavour to let you hold your chosen Sponsored bird where practical (if your chosen bird is not suitable to be held then we will substitute a more suitable bird) please bring your camera so you can take lots of photos of this memorable occasion.
  •  Thank you, letter
  •  Image of your Sponsored Bird
  •  Personal Sponsorship certificate


Each sponsorship helps towards food bills, heating, vet treatments and more. We pride ourselves on the high standards of upkeep and care we provide our birds here at the centre.

Image: Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet with Haggis the Tawny Owl.  


How Can You Help The Centre At This difficult Time?

Please continue to purchase sponsorships, experience days or just a donation, all are very much appreciated and hopefully when this virus has calmed down again and we reopen early spring we will be back with our great displays and great value for money experience days.

Your donation will be gratefully received and will be used to go towards the running cost of keeping the collection going during our winter break.


A few ways to help:

Sponsoring one of our feathered friends. This can be done in your name or somebody else’s name. 

Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3PX1DRDKTJETV?ref_=wl_share 

Pay Pal: www.paypal.me/tbopc 

Online Shop:   www.thirskbirdsofpreycentre.co.uk/online-gift-shop 

Food Donation : www.thirskbirdsofpreycentre.co.uk/product/food-bill


We know these are uncertain times but any donation, big or small will directly help our feathered friends. 

£5 buys 10 Large Mice for Owls

£10 buys 6 Large Rats for Large owls, Vultures, Hawks

£15 buys A fish for the Sea Eagles

£20 buys A box of Quail for the Falcons

 £50 buys Venison for the Eagles and Vultures

We would like to say thank you for everyones continued support. It has been such a difficult year for everybody but with your kindness and generosity it has helped us get this far so thank you again.  

Thank you and stay safe.  

enjoyEngland.com Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
International Owl Society
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
International Owl Society
Yorkshire Tourist Board member
A collection of photos of our birds