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We are holding 3-day Beginner Courses on fixed dates each year. If you would like to enrol on one of these courses, the cost will be reduced to £250.00, rather than the usual £330.00.  If you are booking two people on the course, the cost is further reduced to £450.00 for the two students.To ensure that there is a good tutor/student ratio, we will ensure that student numbers on each course are quite small, so book early.

The next of these courses will be:

2017     

November 14/15/16

2018

March 13/14/15

April 10/11/12

May 15/16/17

June 12/13/14

July 3/4/5

August 14/15/16

September 11/12/13

October 16/17/18


Any tuition undertaken will count towards achieving a Raptor Award, one of the only two nationally-recognised falconry qualifications. If you are interested, please email us on  benlongfalconry@aol.com

 

Some of our forthcoming displays:

 




 



The Falconry School for Falconry Experience Days, Falconry Courses and Displays
About The Falconry School

Luke 7 years old with Ben Long of The Falconry SchoolThe Falconry School is a small and intimate establishment dedicated to showing best practises in how to care for, handle and fly birds of prey, for the purposes of falconry. It has an enviable reputation as a training establishment, and students come from all over the world to learn about the training and management of birds of prey. Much of our tuition is on a one-to-one basis, enabling students to get the maximum value from their course or coaching.

The Falconry School is not a centre which is open to casual visitors. Often such falconry/bird of prey centres provide courses or a Falconry Experience day as an add-on to their usual activities, but these are our PRIMARY activities. 

Falconry may be defined as the use of trained raptors for hunting, but it is quite possible to keep and fly birds of prey without hunting with them. The important word is "fly", and everything that falconry is about is the flight, and all our careful management, handling and training leads to this ultimate purpose.

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Falconry Courses

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The two- and three-day course is specifically for anyone who feels that they may want to go on to own and fly their own raptor.

We find that certain individuals want to find out in advance whether they have sufficient commitment, and whether they want to go on and have further tuition. This course will give you the best preparation for how to embark in the art of falconry.

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Raptor Awards Beginning Falconry

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This award gives beginners or more experienced falconers a real qualification in their chosen pastime or profession. Raptor Awards is the only accrediting body specifically for the bird of prey industry.

Currently, 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. However, Raptor Awards is currently developing new courses for professionals in the falconry world, such as breeders, bird control operatives, display givers etc.

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Falconry Photography Day

The most recent addition to our list of activities and events is the photography day. This day is centred on providing exceptional photo opportunities of our flying team of birds as well as being an educational and interesting experience. Regardless of how much previous photography experience you have, you are assured some brilliant opportunities and hopefully some brilliant images too!

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Falconry Experience Days

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The most popular, this is the one-day or half-day introduction to falconry. They are very informal, and designed to give a fun day for those who just want that, while still being educational.

Groups are usually small, often 4-5 participants, with a few spectators. Spectators are welcome – you will need someone to take photos!

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Falconry Displays, Corp. Events, Film &TV

Van-The-Falconry-SchoolMost 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. 

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Coaching / Troubleshooting

(from £90.00 per day, including lunch)

Maybe you already have your own hawk or falcon, and have some difficulties. Come and get some help! Don’t be shy – your bird is going to be with you for the next 10 to 20 years, so why not do things correctly at the beginning? We can assess your problems and provide remedies and give an effective plan of progression.

 

 

 

Beginner Falconry Courses

  • Falconry Experience Days, from £80
  • Raptor Award Beginners Course, from £110
  • Introduction to Longwings, from £120

Professional Falconry Courses

  • Falconry Specialist Courses, from £120
  • Professional Raptor Training, from £12 per day
  • Coaching Sessions, from £90 per day
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