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 is closed for our winter break.

Christmas Gifts with A Difference. 

The centre is now closed for our Winter Season, 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. These experiences are well received and reviewed and run in small groups of up to 6 people.

Gift Experiences we have to offer:
Full Day Birds of Prey Experience
(handle/fly 14+ Birds)
Half Day Bird of Experience 
(handle/fly 9 Birds)
Eagle Encounter 
(handle/fly 8 Birds)
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 from 1st March till 31st October. We run these experiences most days of the week including weekends. We will dispatch Gift Vouchers within 24hrs of purchase. Email vouchers available up to and including 25th December.

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 1st March 2021 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: www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/3PX1DRDKTJETV/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist

Pay Pal: www.paypal.me/tbopc 

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

Sylvias Painted Stones: www.thirskbirdsofpreycentre.co.uk/sylvia-s-painted-stones 


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.  


February VIP Eagle Experience 2021

Due to the latest lock down all our VIP Eagle Experiences have been moved to February 2021.  

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 2021 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, 

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.


Dates available.

Saturday 6th February  - places available

Sunday 7th February - Fully Booked

Saturday 13th February -  places available

Sunday 14th February -  places available

Saturday 20th February - Fully Booked

Sunday 21st February - Fully Booked


Please call 01845 587522 for more information.  

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

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A collection of photos of our birds