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.

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre has re-opened

WE ARE OPEN! 

 

 Due to the change in light for our last week of flying our main displays will be held at 11:30am and 1:30pm.  
 

The centre closes Saturday 31st October for our winter break. The centre will reopen 1st March 2021.  

On Saturday 31st October the centre will close at 2:30pm giving the centre staff and the Tesco team time to do the finishing touches for our Spooktacular Halloween Event. There are a few tickets left so please ring 01845 587522 to purchase tickets over the phone.

 

 

We are so pleased to be able to re-open our doors, thank you for sticking with us! The Centre has not been the same without our visitors, both human and avian, are really looking forward to seeing you all again. 

Inevitably, we’ve had to make changes but the great news is…..there will be three of our fabulous flying displays each day.

 

No need to pre-book.

We are not running a booking system so please just turn up on the day. We don’t envisage larger numbers visiting that would exceed our covid risk assessment. However this will be reviewed daily and any changes will be published.

 

There are two really important things that we would like to happen during your visit:

• For you to have a really enjoyable day with us

• To keep our visitors, staff, volunteers and animals as safe as we possibly can

 

Suggested Itinerary:

• Arrive 10mins before the 1st or 2nd display.

• Watch the display.

• After the display there will be a chance to ask the handlers any questions you may have.

• Explore the other 70+ birds on display. 

• Feel free to use the shop/snack bar for a bite to eat. We do fresh sandwiches, crisp, cakes, plus hot and cold drinks are available or try an ice cream to cool down on a hot day. Picnics are welcome. 

• You will be now ready for our next exciting display.

• Visit the shop/snack bar for any gifts and souvenirs prior to departure. 

What we need you to do 

• Enjoy yourselves – have a fantastic time with us

• Please don’t come if you have or suspect you have COVID-19 symptoms, or you are awaiting test results

• Keep social distances

• Hand sanitise when asked or you feel it is needed

• Touch as little as possible around the centre and in the shop

 

What we’re doing

• Providing three amazing flying displays ( at least 9 birds in each Display)

• Cleaning lots and as often as we can, including toilets

• Providing for social distancing

• Closing areas and stopping activities that might not be safe

• Serving take-away food and drink

• Providing lots of sanitiser 

• Allocating a large and spacious area for picnics

• Using screens for staff

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wonderful support you have shown us in recent months. We hope that we have managed to make you feel connected to the goings on here at the centre whilst we have been closed.

We would also like to thank those who have supported us with donations, raffle tickets and purchasing vouchers and tickets from us for the future, particularly during these difficult times for personal budgets.

 

The Centre is now in a position that it has 12 weeks remaining before the winter closed season, we are not out of the woods yet, so your support is still very much needed. Please continue to help us if you can to offset some of our lost income to help provide for our feathered friends.

 

Look after yourselves and each other. Stay safe.

 

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 once this virus has calmed down 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.

 

 Sponsoring one of our feathered friends. 

Amazon wish list: www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3PX1DRDKTJETV/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

Pay Pal: www.paypal.me/tbopc   

 

 

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

 

Thank you and stay safe.  

 

Gift Vouchers Available for 2020 and 2021

 Our experience days are still available to purchase and redeemed as the centre is now back open again.

 

If you share our passion for birds of prey and would like to get much closer and learn more about them, we offer experience sessions in small groups. This is a great chance to fly a variety of our birds, ask our knowledgeable, friendly and passionate team questions and learn more about conservation and our amazing birds. We have a selection of experiences to choose from where you can meet a greater variety of our birds, or a more specialised selection of owls or eagles.

 

We provide high quality experiences in a fun and friendly way with plenty of “hands on” opportunities with a vast amount of birds. We have been evolving our experience days for over 25 years. Our experiences are highly recommended and reviewed and offer great value for money. 

You will not find our Experience Days discounted or advertised on third party websites or gift websites. 

Amazing birds plus experienced staff equals a memorable experience.

For more information click on the link or call 01845 587522. You can purchase our gift vouchers via our website or over the phone. 

VIP Eagle Experience 2020 (November)

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Start off flying and handling with a smaller bird (Harris Hawk or Common Buzzard) to make sure everyone is happy and confident and enabling the staff to show basic handling skills that you will need for the birds you will be flying. We then start to move up in size for the first flying session normally finishing with the male Golden Eagle. The staff will then fly the male White-Tailed Eagle to show you some amazing aerial flying, after that it’s time for lunch. Second flying session, we will move onto the “big girls". For 2020 VIP Eagle Experience we are hoping to give you the opportunity to not just handle our beautiful Stellers Sea Eagle but also get the chance to fly one! Keep your fingers crossed.

After flying we will then set up what we call “the ring of death” where you can sit or stand amongst the eagles you have flown on the day. All the staff look forward to this experience each year, so we guarantee plenty of laughs and smiles for everyone and some amazing memories. 

 

You will handle or fly:

Ferruginous Buzzard, 

Male Chilean Blue Eagle, 

Batelure Eagle, 

Male Russian Steppe Eagle,

Female Russian Steppe Eagle

Male Golden Eagle, 

Male Bald Eagle, 

Female Bald Eagle 

African Fish Eagle

Two Female White Tailed Eagle (10lbs).

Female Golden Eagle (13lbs)

Female Stellers Sea Eagle

  • Lunch is provided which normally consists of hot soup and rolls and a buffet with cakes to finish. 
  • The Centre is closed to the public so it’s a nice intimate group.
  • Max 5 people flying on the Eagle Experience.
  • Restricted to one or possibly two spectators on request

Over 18s ONLY (including spectators)

Price per person flying £155  

Spectators £20

£50 Deposit secures your place

 

Start time: Arrive 10:15am for a 10:30am start.

Date available.

Saturday 14th November 

 

Please call 01845 587522 for more information.  

** Birds may change on the day due to weather conditions. **

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