Most people have seen bird-of-prey demonstration, but ours are somewhat different. Firstly, as the name implies, we use a team mostly comprising experienced falcons. These are the most exciting of all the raptor families and the most dashing of the falcons is the peregrine, which is rarely seen in public displays.This is officially the world's fastest living creature, which can attain speeds of well over 200 mph in a "stoop" or dive.
We have numbers of falcons, including peregrines, and by the use of both ancient falconry methods and modern devices and techniques we endeavour to show the glorious flying abilities of the falcon.
In addition, there is an educational side to the display, which entertaining information about individual birds, on the history of he sport and uses for falconry in modern times. The display are also interactive, with adult audience volunteers being allowed to handle and parade the falcons, and children flying others from hand to hand within the arena in perfect safety.
The Falconry School provides displays at a wide variety of venues throughout Britain and, from time to time, other EU countries. The aim of our displays is to educate the audience about birds of prey in general, their place in the natural world, and the history of their interactivity with mankind through the sport of falconry.
These venues include such things as:
Members of the public often seem to only remember a show because some of the hawks are lost during the show. The aim with our displays is that the audience will remember the actual flights of the falcons and hawks instead!
We provide a stand with static display of hawks and falcons, and our personnel will be on hand to answer questions throughout the day. We can give one or more flying demos on the day, with audience participation and commentary, and we would venture to say that it will be the most interesting display of flying that the audience will have seen at a show. To see some of what we can do, watch this video:
More film clips can be found by searching on You Tube for: Ben Long Falconry
For further details, costs etc., just call us and we can discuss your requirements.
You may wish to hold an event day for your own company or organisation, or you may be an agent arranging such an event on behalf of a client, providing a day of activities such as archery, laser clay shooting, off road driving, or even bouncy castles. The Falconry School will come along and bring hawks, falcons and owls for the participants to handle and fly, and provide a display or two as well!
With a team of raptors we can entertain and educate moderate-sized groups, allowing individuals to see, touch, handle and possibly fly the birds if they have the desire to do so. The thrill of handling and flying a hawk or falcon is something you never forget.
We will be happy to hear from you with your requirements.
TV and Film Work
The Falconry School can give advice about raptors on film, and help to provide suitable and authentic birds of prey as the customer requires. So often we see the wrong birds in a film, such as a New World species in a mediaeval period drama. Not only that, but the birds are in poor condition, with broken feathers and overgrown beaks, showing that the "falconer" who provided them has neither the care nor the skill to show them in perfect condition. We can show you the proper birds of prey, in their proper condition, and we can fly them properly as well!