This is an Award developed by Lantra, the Hawk Board, and professional falconers, which gives beginners or more experienced falconers a real qualification in their chosen pastime or profession.
The Award is both for non-professional falconers, and for anyone wishing to make a career or volunteering to work with raptors, such as in centres, zoos and for bird control operatives. It is often a mandatory requirement for candidates for such positions.
The only nationally-recognised falconry/raptor management qualification!
Many existing "raptor keepers" are, in truth, a bit scared of the Award. For those for whom falconry is their passion, the Lantra Falconry Award shows the world that they have a level of competency in the art of falconry.
The Falconry School is a Lantra Administration Point, and we can give you all the help you need to complete the Award, along with an independent assessment leading to the achievement of the Award and Lantra Falconry Certificate. It's fun as well!
The Award consists of three units. Unit 1 and 2 have to be completed to achieve the Falconry Award.
Unit 1 Bird of Prey management and husbandry
- Module 1 Housing
- Module 2 Hygiene
- Module 3 Feeding and food preparation
- Module 4 Health
- Module 5 Species suitability and legislation
Unit 2 Basic Falconry techniques
- Module 6 Purchasing your first bird
- Module 7 Essential equipment
- Module 8 Picking up and carrying
- Module 9 Feeding and manning
- Module 10 Weighing and weight management
- Module 11 Flying to the fist
Unit 3: Conditioning and flying free a bird of prey
- Module 12 Flying free
- Module 13 Getting fit
- Module 14 Preparing a bird of prey for hawking
- Module 15 Entering on artificial prey
- Module 16 Practical radio tracking
To complete the Lantra course, Parts 1 and 2, beginners will require 5 days of tuition.
To complete Parts 1, 2 and 3 beginners will need 7 days of tuition.
Existing falconers should need fewer days, and we can ascertain what you may need when you give us a call.
Tuition days do not have to be consecutive, and may be split into blocks or separate days. In fact, it is beneficial to have breaks in tuition days so that the student can write up or assimilate information ready for the assessment.
For a total beginner to achieve the Lantra "Beginning Falconry" award, Units 1 and 2, the training and assessment will usually* take five days (£530.00), although these days don't necessarily have to be taken together. Splitting the tuition days, with the opportunity for the candidate to study in between, may possibly reduce the number of days.
The assessment fee is £90.00.
Unit 3 usually* entails a further two day's tuition (total £730.00) and the assessment fee is a total of £120.00 for all three parts.
The candidate registration/issue of the certificate from Lantra is a one-off cost of £25.00.
*It should be noted that the time taken to attain enough knowledge and skill to pass the assessment is dependent on:
- the candidate's prior knowledge, and/or
- their willingness to work to attain the knowledge and skills during or between the days of tuition
Hawks and equipment
The Falconry School breeds a small number of high-quality hawks which are suitable for beginners, and we set them aside for individuals who have attended courses here. We are also able to provide top-quality equipment (falconry "furniture") for these hawks if required.
As always, we provide unlimited advice, for an unlimited time, to anyone who has attended a course at The Falconry School.
If you have to travel some distance to us, there are several hotels, inns etc. close by. We can give you further information as required.
If you have a caravan or motorhome, we have some (limited) space where you can park and stay, and we can provide mains electric, water and toilet facilities, all free of charge.
We also have (subject to limited availability) "cheap and cheerful" accommodation in the form a static mobile home. It can sleep 3 or 4 and has shower and cooking facilities. Costs are £25/night, all in.
Make a holiday of it!
We are close to Gloucester and Cheltenham, and on our doorstep is the beautiful Cotswolds, with its pretty villages and historic towns. We have Berkeley Castle, Slimbridge Wildlife and Wetlands Trust, Roman Cirencester, the river Severn, the Royal Forest of Dean and much, much more.
While you are having fun playing with falcons, the family can go off and explore!
Funding your Lantra Falconry Award course
As the Lantra Falconry Award is a recognised qualification, you may find you are eligible for funding from an independent body, and we have students funded from a separate source from time to time. For instance, if you are unemployed, you may be able to claim part or all of the cost of a course from a government agency as part of a return-to-work scheme. You may also be able to fund training through other organisations, such as the Prince's Trust, or a family trust, perhaps. It's worth checking out the possibilities.
The Falconry School can liaise with funding bodies, submit forms etc., as required.
Don't forget-we provide unlimited advice, for an unlimited time, to anyone who has attended a course at The Falconry School.
For further details, costs etc.