What can I expect on the day
Fly your own razor-clawed raptor for the duration of this experience and find out more about these fascinating birds of prey in North Wales! These falconry days out are on a private and exclusive basis, with just you, the hawks and their handler.
The man who trains and cares for these hawks is Richard. His degree in zoo management has taken him all over the world as an exotic animal trainer and falconer and now he has settled in this stunning part of Wales, establishing a birds of prey and falconry centre and building an incredibly close relationship with his select crew of four spirited raptors.
He and his feathered friends are based at a 440-year old country house. With over 200 acres of Welsh parkland and woodlands to play with, you will really be in your element, getting immersed in the sweeping North Wales habitat that these wonderful birds of prey enjoy. Watching them fly free is a truly exhilarating and breathtaking way to witness the delights of hawking.
The Harris Hawks themselves are the real stars of the show, making this falconry at one of Wales’s most stunning locations an unforgettable occasion. The leader of the pack is Storm, who loves to take off at the first sniff of a breeze, making the most of the open space to show off his aerial skills and impressive wingspan. Alan is a bit of a free spirit and his brother Edgar is the mischievous camera-shy one. And finally, there's Little Frank the European Eagle Owl, born in spring 2013.
Hawks are highly sociable birds, but they do, of course, remain formidable predators and you will get an insight into this as you begin your stroll around the Welsh countryside with your chosen bird of prey. It's all a fun game to them, as they launch from your hand, swoop around finding places to perch and observe you, occasionally flying out of sight, but regularly landing on your hand to check back in. That strong hunting instinct comes to the fore when Richard shows you how to tempt the hawk with the chase and 'kill' of a toy.
And don’t forget, our Falconry Wales experience operates on an exclusive basis, giving you plenty of time to fly, handle, exercise and bond with your Harris Hawk. You can choose to go for a stroll with them around the Denbighshire countryside, or stay at base. As a little reminder of when the Harris Hawks met you, all budding falconers are presented with a framed photo to commemorate your day spent with these marvellous birds of prey around Wales’ rugged countryside.
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