Under the more relaxed current Covid 19 restrictions, we are able to open for students or Experience Day participants, but we are still keeping numbers down as much as possible, whilst also maintaining social distancing as much as we can. Experience Days will be taking place on many days until the end of November. Our last Scheduled Beginner Course is in November 2021, but we will be starting again on February 22/23/24, 2022. Further dates can be found on the Beginner Course page on this site.
The Falconry School in Gloucestershire, UK, is a small establishment dedicated to showing best practices in how to care for, handle and fly birds of prey, for the purposes of falconry. The school has an enviable reputation, and students have 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.
Therefore, at The Falconry School, participants, students and spectators will NOT see dozens of these superb creatures locked in cages, as may be found in a zoo or bird of prey centre. Instead, you will see a relatively small number of falcons, hawks and owls, kept in readiness for free flight every day, in the peak of condition. As such, this is more similar to the way a private falconer would hope to maintain their own hunting raptors.
Animal Activities Licence no. 19/00130/AWACT
Our Most Popular Falconry Courses and Experience Days
Falconry Experience Days – with special offer!£80.00 – £300.00 Select options
Falconry Photography Day – With special offer!£80.00 – £200.00 Select options
Raptor Award Courses£450.00 – £900.00 Select options
Professional Mentoring Scheme£90.00 – £360.00 Select options
One-day Workshops£50.00 – £100.00 Select options
Beginner Courses£250.00 – £750.00 Select options
Advanced and Bespoke Courses£300.00 – £750.00 Select options
Miscellaneous Tuition Days£150.00 – £300.00 Select options
Patrick was great and it was nice to learn so many things I had not known before.
It was a great experience to fly the variety of birds and understand... read more
Wow what a day and what a fantastic place. The day was so informative, the birds were amazing.
It was fantastic handling them and watching them fly. There was such... read more
I would highly recommend this experience to all.. we went as 4 adults and two children (8 and 6yr old)
From start to finish, it was a great day,... read more
Had an amazing day with our bird handler John, he showed us 10 birds and had so much passion and knowledge for Falconry and the owls, falcons and hawks at... read more
This one-day experience was simply the best thing I've done in years. Many thanks to the ultra-professional Falconry School staff, who skilfully imparted both their knowledge and their quiet enthusiasm.... read more
What an amazing afternoon. One of the coolest things we've ever done. Ben was super accommodating. Definitely follow the directions they give you as otherwise you may not find... read more
Purchased a half day experience for my son. I went as a spectator which was £5, but you do get free drinks and involvement in the whole experience too.
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Have just returned from a half day experience at the falconry school.
All I can say is “brilliant” . John and James made it enjoyable and very informative day with... read more
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Falconry may have been with us for up to 4000 years, and could have originated in China. It probably came to Britain in the 7th