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.

Christmas 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. 

 The Half Day and Full Day Birds of prey experience begins with a tour of the Eagle Lawn that is home to 30 birds of prey. You will be shown different techniques for handling birds of prey safely which will include a brief insight to how we train a bird of prey. You will get hands on straight away while flying a Chilean Blue Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Red tailed Hawk and a Barn Owl in our flying arena. We will then move to our Experience Day Lawn where you will get an up close encounter with a lovely White Faced Scops Owl, common Kestrel a African Pygmy Falcon and one of our Large Owl Species. 

 You will then go out into the Hall Grounds on a Hawk walk where you will see and fly a Harris Hawk in our lovely country setting.

 After the Hawk Walk you will return to the Centre and have a quick refreshment break. The Full Day experience day carries on by flying a Kestrel, Spectacled Owl or Tawny Owl and a very friendly Black Vulture. 

The day ends with our Eagle Encounter which gives you the chance to handle and fly one of our larger eagles here at the centre. For 2018 we have been using one of our stunning Bald Eagles for this Eagle Encounter. (Nanook or Liberty). 

 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.

Closed Season

The Centre is now closed to the general public. We are still in every day looking after the birds which includes flying, cleaning and general maintenance. 

The closed season gives us some time to practice for next year as we have some great ideas for next year’s flying displays and experience days so make sure you pop along 

The staff are still on hand to take telephone bookings, enquires and to purchase gift vouchers on line or over the Phone. After all, Christmas is not that far away! 


keep an eye out for some special keeper dates in the new year 

From all of us here at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre we would like to say a big Thank you to everyone for your continued support. Without you we could not carry on flying these amazing birds and been able to educate people and let people see these beautiful creatures up close also to carry on doing our bit for the charity’s we support. 

We hope to see many of you next year and Thank you again.   

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)

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A collection of photos of our birds