Education & Experiences

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Conservation through Education

Education is a vital part of the Centre’s work. We believe teaching people, particularly children, the importance of birds and their habitat is an important part of conservation. Without educating young people about the issues birds and their habitats face, there will be no one to carry on our work and to continue protecting them. To help educate and inspire people we operate a number of courses as well as make visits to schools in addition to our work at the Centre.

Courses and Experiences

We are a RAPTOR AWARDS Training and Assessment Centre

Please note that all courses must be pre-booked.  Spectators by arrangement.

To book, please ring us on 01434 250400 or email lowdenray@aol.com

Introduction to Falconry

This is a 3 hour course (11.00 to 14.00) during which we will introduce you to our birds and show you how to care for them.

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Bird Management Course

This is a 5 hour course (11.00 to16.00) devised to give a basic understanding of the requirements for those people who are considering purchasing a bird of prey.

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Children’s Course

This is an ideal way for children under 14 to learn about owls and birds of prey and to participate in a flying demonstration.

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Hawk Walks

Enjoy the experience of walking in the surrounding countryside with one of our harris hawks following on and swooping down to take food from your fist.

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Introduction to Falconry

This is a 3 hour course (11am – 2pm) during which we will introduce you to our birds and show you how we look after them.

The course will include:-

  • A tour of the centre.
  • How to tie the falconer’s knot, attach a swivel and jesses, oiling jesses etc.
  • The correct method to pick up a bird, weigh a bird and place it back safely on its perch.
  • Participate in a training or flying session and learn how to receive a bird onto the fist.

After the course you are welcome to spend the remainder of the day at the Centre and perhaps even help with the feeding!

Cost   –   Children (age 9-14) £60 per person   –   Adults £80 per person

Family Experience Introduction to Falconry + Mini Hawk Walk (2 Adults + 2 Children ) £160

Bird Management Course

This is a 5 hour course (11am – 4pm) designed to give a basic understanding of the requirements for people who are considering purchasing a bird of prey. 

The course will include:- 

  • All aspects of the “Introduction to Falconry Course”     Plus
  • Correct housing for your bird, perches, hygiene etc.
  • Basic flying techniques including training methods.
  • Diet, types of food available and methods of feeding.
  • Choosing and purchasing a suitable bird.

                 Cost £110 per person – please note this course can be extended to a number of days to ensure that the participant reaches the required standard before purchasing a bird.

Children’s Owl Experience

This is an ideal holiday treat for children under 14 to learn about owls and birds of prey. Your child will have the opportunity to get “hands on” experience with these spectacular birds.  The course will last approximately 1 hours and is designed for children interested in nature and birds in general. 

Cost  £50.00 per child

Hawk Walks

Enjoy the experience of walking in the surrounding countryside with one of our Harris hawks following on and swooping down to take food from your fist. You will be given basic training at the Centre before the walk commences.

Reduced rates are available for larger parties wishing to join the walk and enjoy the experience without flying a bird. Next day bookings subject to availability.

1 hour duration

Cost £35.00 per person.    Family Hawk Walk  £85 ( 2 Adults + 2 Children )

TV, film, weddings and gifts

Some of our birds are available for work on TV and film productions. If you're getting married, we can also help make your day even more special by having one of our barn owls, deliver the ring to the alter. Find out more...

School visits and outside demonstrations

School visits are a great way for children to learn about birds Of prey and conservation. To arrange a visit or an outside demonstration at your event please contact us.