Throughout the day, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle and fly many different species of raptors.
The day 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 Male Chilean Blue Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, Kestrel and a Tawny 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, African Pygmy Falcon, large falcon and a large owl such as Great Grey Owl or Snowy Owl .
Your Experience concludes with a "Hawk Walk" where you and one of our falconers take a Harris Hawk out of the bird of prey Centre and into the grounds of Sion Hill Hall and surrounding countryside. The hawk is then let off to follow along as you walk this allows you to see a bird of prey in a more natural setting the Hawk is then recalled to your glove as we make our way around the estate.
The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the Centre. (approximately 9 different birds will be used but birds may be upgraded due to weather conditions and the centre's commitments)
Your day begins at 10.30am and finishes in time for the 1.30pm display which you are welcome to stay and watch.
Age restriction applies from 13 years upwards.
Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.