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.

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 our young Gymnogene (African Harrier Hawk) Maude, Tiny the young European Eagle Owl, Pingi the African Pygmy Falcon and Lady the Turkey Vulture 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.


The Yorkshire Vet Meets the Largest Species of Eagle


Have you seen us recently on The Yorkshire Vet?

Peter Wright from the Yorkshire Vet dropped by to see his nephew David and his new Steller’s Sea Eagle, Hokkiado. The Steller's Sea Eagle is the largest species of Eagle on body mass. Hokkaido is a 7 year old Female, and has been at a number of different centre's in the UK and Europe but has now come to stay at Thirsk, this is so that she can now settle in to her new home and join Toruk our other Steller's Sea Eagle in the flying displays for 2019.  

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. The iceing on the cake is now Uncle Peter looking after Hokkiado's Healthcare.

Both Steller's Sea Eagles are now Flying regularly in displays (winds permitting) From the 1st March 2019