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.

Latest Update 9th April

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. 

Please be aware our experience sessions are still continuing from 1st May (as these are allowed). 

So once again, take care and we really are looking forward to seeing you all soon.


 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 this month but find ourselves now having to stay closed for another 5weeks.https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/april-may-closure?utm_term=kn2dezDPz 


Experience Days

The centre is closed, however Gift Vouchers for the 2021 season are available. 

Thirsk Birds of Prey centre provides a variety of experience days that are relaxed but informative and very much hands on. We pride ourselves on providing quality experiences that involve a high number of birds of prey from our vast flying collection.

We have been providing these experiences for over 25 years. 





Gift Experiences we have to offer:

  • Unbeatable Full Day Birds of Prey Experience (handle/fly 14+ Birds)
  • Half Day Bird of Prey Experience (handle/fly 9 Birds)
  • Exhilarating Half Day Eagle Encounter (handle/fly 8 Birds)
  • Wondrous Half Day Owl Experience (handle/fly 10 Birds)
  • One Hour Hawk Walk (fly 1 hawk)
  • One Hour Flying Encounter (fly 5 Birds)

Please see our website for more details about each experience.


Gift Vouchers are valid for our 2021 season. We run these experiences most days of the week including weekends. We will dispatch Gift Vouchers within 24hrs of purchase. 

Vouchers can be purchased online, or by calling 01845 587522

If you have any questions about your experience day with us that has not been redeemed yet and wish to know more about our extension policy please call 01845 587522 and we will happily answer any questions or email mail@falconrycentre.co.uk, Thank you. 

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

Project Lugger Build: https://www.thirskbirdsofpreycentre.co.uk/product/refurbishment-and-building-projects   


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.  

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International Owl Society
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A collection of photos of our birds