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.

Worlds largest Eagles land at Thirsk


Two Steller’s Sea Eagles the largest species of Eagle have arrived at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, Toruk is a four year old Eagle that was the first to arrive and settle in and he has now been followed by Hokkaido a 7 year old Female, Hokkaido has been at another centre for a while and now has come to Thirsk so that she can join Toruk in the flying displays soon,  Our Display Falconer David has taken responsibility for Hokkaido’s Training and hopes to refresh her skills and have her working in displays very soon.

Kerry Badgery Director of Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre said it has been a life ambition to train and fly a Steller’s Sea eagle I have trained other eagles but never a Steller’s, Toruk is four years old but has never been asked to fly free, so my challenge is to get him to fly to a great standard like our other large eagles already do.

David Horseman (Aged 20)  said that working with Birds of Prey has been my dream job,  from an early age my dad used to bring me to watch the displays at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, so now to be a Display Falconer at  Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre is a dream come true and now to train and work a Steller’s Sea Eagle is just unbelievable.

Both Steller's Sea Eagles are now Flying regularly in displays (winds permitting)


We have a large collection of working birds here at the centre which enables us to fly a large variety of birds in each of our displays we Normally will fly a selection of Owls Vultures and Eagles in every display 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.

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 Sandwiches, crisp, cakes, plus hot and cold drinks are available or try an ice cream to cool down on a hot day. 
  • 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.

Extra Date added for the VIP Eagle Experience

Due to popular demand, we have opened another VIP Eagle Experience date.

Sunday 4th November. 

We need a minimum of three people flying to make this viable so there for please contact 01845 587522 to register your interest.

Start off flying and handling with a smaller bird (Red Tailed Hawk) 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 and the two Stellers Sea Eagles to show you some amazing aerial flying and close up of these fantastic eagles, after that it’s time for lunch.

Second flying session we will move onto the “big girls”. 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.
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.
Over 18s only.

You will handle or fly:
Ferruginous Buzzard, 
Chilean Blue Eagle, 
Bateleur Eagle, 
Russian Steppe Eagle, 
Male Golden Eagle, 
Male Bald Eagle, 
Female Bald Eagle (10lbs),
Female White Tailed Eagle (10lbs).
Female Golden Eagle (13lbs) (More eagles maybe added)

Please Hurry, (only one space left)  Sorry now sold out!!!!

Total Cost £135 per person, £20 per spectator.



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