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.

Valentine Date For two

Why not try a Valentine date with a difference?

Your experience starts with an introduction talk whilst you enjoy a Bucks fizz or a hot drink.

Then its time to meet the birds.
You will each get the opportunity to handle the following birds,
Two Large Eagles, together Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle
Two Large Hawks, Chilean Blue Eagle and a Red Tail Hawk
Two larger owls, European eagle owl and spectacled Owl
Two Barn owls
We will be on hand to tell you about these fantastic birds and to take photos if required.

Once we have handled all of the birds we then venture out into the beautiful grounds of Sion Hall for a walk with our pair of Harris Hawks. Our hawks will be flown free and the focus is on you doing the flying and we will do the talking.

On completion of the Hawk Walk we will return to our reception area where you can enjoy a hot drink before your departure and collect your mementos of your experience.

You will get a Gift Voucher for one day’s general admittance for two into the centre to visit during our open season, a complementary bottle of fizz, chocolates, a red rose and a memory stick with all your photos ready for you to either print or view on your own device.

Three Sessions available on 11h,12th and 14th Feb at 10.00, 12.15, or 14.30 to book call 01845 587522




The cost is £120 per couple for this bespoke private 2 hour experience.

Sponsor a Bird Scheme

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 each can be given as a gift.

The Packs include



 Admission Ticket that can be used at anytime within the Sponsorship period (each ticket is valid for one adult).

Plus one further Admission Ticket to attend on one of our Sponsor's Days with the chance to meet the keeper. (other Sponsors present).

Your name displayed on a 'Thank You' board on our Sponsors Wall of Thanks (by 20th of following month)

On your visit we will endeavor 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

You can pay for your sponsorship pack using Paypal. Just click on the bird you wish to sponsor, then complete the payment details or call the centre to discuss the various packages available, call  01845 587522

New For 2017 Half Day Eagle Experience

New for our 2017 season we are introducing our exciting new Eagle half day Experience.

As seen on The Yorkshire Vet.

Your day starts at 10.30 when you will be met by our team of handlers and taken onto the eagle lawn to meet the stars of your experience

 Throughout the experience, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle and fly different Eagles. 

 You will be shown different techniques for handling birds of prey safely which will include a brief insight to how we train a bird of prey.

Your experience concludes with you flying two of our larger eagles


The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the centre.

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International Owl Society
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
International Owl Society
Yorkshire Tourist Board member
A collection of photos of our birds