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.

Flying Displays

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre at Sion Hill Hall, was set up to ensure that birds of prey would survive to provide the public with a rare opportunity to see and enjoy these beautiful birds.

We are proud of our extensive large collection of working birds of prey If you have ever dreamed of seeing eagles soaring above your head, owls sweeping past or ducking and diving as vultures fly by then this is the place for you!

We fly our birds in three amazing flying displays each day, our aim is to fly the birds in as natural way as possible and to demonstrate natural instincts and abilities. Each display has different birds taking part following the display you are able to get up close and personal in a handling session (at no extra cost!). 

In between displays all our beautiful birds are on display providing great photo opportunities! 

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Falconry Experience Gift Voucher

Spoil that special person with a day to remember, why not treat them to one of our Experience days? Falconry UK's "introduction to falconry experience" offers a unique insight into the art of falconry. Throughout the experience, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle many different species of raptors. The birds used on the experience days are Owls, Hawks, Vultures and Eagles.


The day begins with a tour of the centre where you will be introduced to the birds that you will be encountering on the experience. You will be shown different techniques for handling our birds of prey safely which will be followed by a glimpse into the step-by-step guide to training a bird of prey.

these experiences run 7 days a week through out the coming season.

Why not give someone a special day to remember and come along and spectate yourself.

Photography Experience Days

Spoil that special person with a day to remember, why not treat them to a Photography Workshop 
Bookings are now being taken for Colin Carter's Birds of Prey photography Workshop,

Next events will be running on the following dates:

Saturday 20th June 15 starting at 17.00 hrs - this will be a beginners workshop catering for photographers who are just learning and have bridge type cameras or DSLR's with lenses upto about 200mm.

Saturday 18th July 15 starting at 17.00 hrs 

Saturday 22nd August 15 starting at 17.00 hrs 


The centre will be closed to the general public so our team of falconers will be on hand throughout the experience to ensure you safely enjoy your experience.

The event will give you the opportunity to take wonderful photographs of our birds both static in natural backgrounds and in action as one of our Falconers will fly our birds with the aim for you to get the best image possible.

Colin will be on hand to offer tips and advise if required 


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A collection of photos of our birds