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.

We Are Open.

 We have one of the largest collection of flying birds in the North here at the Centre which enables us to fly an amazing variety of birds in each of our displays. We normally fly a selection of owls, vultures and eagles in every display. Ranging from the 16lbs Stellers Sea Eagle to the 2oz African Pygmy Falcon and with a few more unusual birds included as well, keep an eye out for the cheeky kookaburra and naughty caracaras.

We do 3 different displays a day with at least 9 different birds in each of our displays at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. (Weather permitting) 

We also run pre-booked Experience Days most days which you will be able to view from the public areas.

 

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

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
• 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 

 

Suggested Itinerary For Your Visit: 

  • 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.

Bookings For Experience Days

The centre is still closed till 17th May however Experience Days are available to book and are being delivered from 1st May 2021. Please call 01845 587522 with possible dates you would like to attend for your experience. The diary is all ready getting busy so please do not delay if you are limited to certain days, we run these experiences most days of the week including weekends. We look forward to seeing you for your Experience Day. 

Sponsorship Packages Starting from £25

The perfect gift for bird lovers, we've got loads of bird species up for Sponsorship.

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 and each can be given as a gift. 

Over 10 of our birds are available for Sponsorship in our Bronze Sponsorship Pack such as Haggis our lovely Tawny Owl.

 

Each Bronze pack contains:

  • Single Admission Ticket that can be used at any time within the Sponsorship period (each ticket is valid for one adult).
  •  Your name displayed on a 'Thank You' board on our Sponsors Wall of Thanks (by 20th of following month)
  •  On your visit we will endeavour 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

 

Each sponsorship helps towards food bills, heating, vet treatments and more. We pride ourselves on the high standards of upkeep and care we provide our birds here at the centre.

Image: Peter Wright from The Yorkshire Vet with Haggis the Tawny Owl.  

 

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

 

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.  

enjoyEngland.com Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
International Owl Society
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
International Owl Society
Yorkshire Tourist Board member
A collection of photos of our birds