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.

Autumn/Winter Flying Display Changeover

September is the last chance to see our summer flying displays. We do 3 different displays a day with at least 9/10 different birds in each of our displays. Our current 1:30pm summer display includes a mixture of African vultures, kites and eagles flying together. 

 

From the 1st October we will be reducing the amount of birds flown in each display, this is due to the changeable weather conditions, however we will still be encouraging our eagles to soar and our owls to swoop in our displays.

 

From 1st October

11:30am - 6 birds 

1:30pm - 6 birds 

3:30pm - 4 birds 

 

31st October we will only be flying at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Due to the end of BST.  

Plan your visit.

We have one of the largest collections 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 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.

Plan your visit.

  • No need to pre-book 
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the 1st or 2nd 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 offer 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.

For our latest camera policy please visit www.falconrycentre.co.uk/news_detail.php?recid=101

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
• 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

 

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.  

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A collection of photos of our birds