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)
  • Five Day Falconry Course

5 Day Falconry course (optional Raptor award)

This course is available throughout the year and is open for beginners through to experienced falconers. You have one to one tuition with a trained falconer that is also a Raptor approved assessor. The course can be for you or as a gift for a family member or friend. Course attendees MUST be 16 years or older.

The course covers the basic information that you need to own and fly a bird of prey. The training will cover the following.

  • C1 Birds of Prey accommodation and equipment

  • C2 Feeding and Nutrition in Birds of Prey

  • C3 Monitor and Maintain Health in Captive Birds of Prey

  • C4 Catching, Restraining and Moving a Bird of Prey

  • C5 Keeping Birds of Prey – legal aspects and animal welfare bodies (UK)

  • C6 Birds of Prey Species and types and the impact on their training

  • C7 Furniture and Equipment for Handling Birds of Prey

  • C8 Initial Training, Manning and Weight Management

Price £350 (course only)

£400 (course and accommodation)

£460 (course, accommodation and Raptor award)

(Courses are limited and you'll need to check availability by calling reception 01487 741140)

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Five Day Falconry Course

  • Product Code: 5DFC
  • Availability: In Stock
  • £350.00

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