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.

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Gift Vouchers available now for our 2019 Season

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre offers a varied selection of Gift Experiences from a Hawk walk to a Full Day Birds of Prey Experience


All our experiences offer a unique insight into the art of falconry. Throughout the day, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle and fly many different species of raptors.

We aim to ensure that our experience days are high flying and we are constantly planning and working new additions to compliment the existing flying team.


For the 2019 season we plan to introduce Tiny the young European Eagle Owl, Pingi the African Pygmy Falcon, Maniera a large falcon and Branston the Common Kestrel to the experience day teams. (on the Full Day Experience you handle/fly 12 different birds, on the Half Day Experience you fly and handle 8 different birds)


The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 3.30pm. Refreshment breaks are included and the Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the Centre.(approximately 10 different birds will be used but birds may be upgraded due to weather conditions and the centers commitments)


Age restriction applies from 16 years upwards.


Buying as a gift, not a problem once you have purchased the voucher we will email you requesting the relevant information ie name for the voucher and delivery address.

Please note

Due to the physical nature of this experience you must be able to hold 10lb in weight in your left hand unassisted and be able bodied.


Plan Your Visit

We have one of the largest collection of working birds in the North here at the centre which enables us to fly a large variety of birds in each of our displays. We normally fly a selection of owls, vultures and eagles in every display. Ranging from the 19lbs Eurasian Griffon Vulture to the 2oz African Pygmy Falcon and with a few more unusual birds included as well, keep an eye out for the cheeky kookaburra.

We do 3 different displays a day with at least 8 different birds in each of our displays at 11.30, 1.30 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.


Suggested Itinerary: 

  • Arrive 10mins before the 1st or 2nd display.
  • Watch the display.
  • After the display there will be a handling opportunity to hold some of our smaller birds under supervision. 
  • 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. We recommend the "Deluxe Hot Chocolate" 
  • You will be now ready for our next exciting display.
  • After the display, there will be another opportunity to hold some more different smaller birds.
  • Visit the shop/snack bar for any gifts and souvenirs prior to departure.

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A collection of photos of our birds