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.

Plan Your Day

Plan your visit 

We have one of the largest collection of working birds in the North here at Thirsk Birds of Prey 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 and crested caracara.

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 also be able to view. 

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.

Special Experience Day gift ideas with a difference

The Centre is now preparing to reopen to the general public for our 2018 season. 
We are  available to book or purchase our experience days for the 2018 flying season.

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 experinces that invlove a high number of birds of prey from our vast Flying collection. We have been providing these experinces for over 25 years. These experiences are well recieved and reviewed and run in small groups of upto 6 people. 
Gift Experinces we have to offer:

Full Day BIrd of Prey Experience      (handle or fly 11 Birds)
Half Day Bird of Experience              (handle or fly 7 Birds)
Eagle Encounter                                 (handle or fly 7 Birds)
Half Day Owl Experience                   (handle or fly 10 Birds)
One Hour Hawk Walk                         (fly 1 hawk)
One Hour Family Flying Enconter      (handle or fly 5 Birds)

Gift Vouchers will be dispatched within 24hrs of purchase. Gift box option available for £15

Vouchers can be purchase online, or by calling 01845 58752


New for 2018 Family Flying Encounter


New for 2018 we are introducing a Family Flying Encounter, This experience day is for two adults and two children*  to come along as a family and fly a selection of our friendly feathered friends in our flying arena for one Hour, you will get to meet and fly at least five different birds including Owls, Kestrels and Hawks. Your experience will finish in time for you to be able to watch one of amazing flying displays and look around our fantastic birds of prey collection.

Children Age restrictions apply (8 to 16 years old)

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A collection of photos of our birds