We have now reopened, however due to Covid Restrictions,
you must now book your visit in advance.

ReOpening Information

Reopening of the Raptor Foundation We have had to make some changes to our reopening due to new guidelines sent to us. This unfortunately means we will now reopen on MAY 1st! Although zoological collections are allowed to open from 12th April, in accordance to new government guidelines we are not allowed to carry out public flying displays until May 17th. We feel the viability of opening so early without been able to provide public flying displays cannot be justified for a small collection. We are still routinely training & exercising birds & will be doing so from May 1st too, but without commentary & no public seating, until May 17th. Experiences that have been booked will still be going ahead as planned as we are allowed to move forward with them. From May 1st: - Tickets need to be booked here and capacity is limited! - Only outdoor spaces will be available. This means our Cafe will be closed (except for takeaway) & our reptile house will remain closed. - Adhere to the 'Rule of 6'. In England the rule of 6 includes children - NHS Test and Trace check-in will be required for all over 16's within the group (This is a legal requirement for all members of a party) - No public flying displays until May 17th. - All COVID restrictions on site will remain, this includes facemasks when passing through our reception & Cafe, social distancing when in the park & adhering to our 1-way system. We know you were looking forward to visiting from Monday, we were so excited to have you back. This new guidance against public flying displays does feel like an unfair kick in the teeth. Thank you all for bearing with us & we hope you can understand our decision to delay opening just a little bit longer. If you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact us between 10 am - 5 pm on (Tel:01487 741140 or Email: info@raptorfoundation.org.uk)
  • Hawk Walk

Hawk Walk (available Monday – Friday only)

Minimum Age Requirement is 16 Years.

This half-day experience is the ideal gift for lovers of birds and the countryside. You can enjoy the pleasure of flying one of our hawks in a natural environment. You will be greeted on arrival and taken for tea or coffee. You will then be introduced to your falconer who will give you a brief safety talk. When ready you will be introduced to the bird that you will be taking on the walk. Then you will be given basic instructions on how to handle the bird and how to entice it back to the glove. Your walk will then commence with a leisurely stroll in the local countryside watching the bird do what comes naturally. This may include chasing prey and watching the thrill and speed of the hunt. On returning to the centre you will have a photo taken of you holding the bird you had your experience with.

What to wear:

We recommend that you wear suitable clothing dependent on the weather and time of year. Long trousers are best as there are many brambles and stinging nettles along the paths that we walk. Jeans are probably the best but any comfortable walking trousers will do. On your feet we recommend wellies or walking boots, trainers will do but just remember if it has been raining it can get very muddy.

Health:

A walk in the countryside with a bird of prey is a thrilling and breathtaking experience. If you suffer from any conditions or illnesses that may affect your walk please let us know in advance. If you continue with the walk and an incident occurs the Raptor Foundation will not accept responsibility for the incident.

Hawk Walks are not suitable for wheelchair users although we can offer alternative experiences such as Meet The Birds and Falconry Experience Day.

Cancellations:

All experience days must be taken on the day booked unless due to exceptional circumstances or cancelled by the Raptor Foundation due to bad weather.

Price: £40 (All of our experience days are on a one to one with a trained falconer and one free guest can accompany you) Gift vouchers available.

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Hawk Walk

  • Product Code: HW
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £40.00


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