We are not a falconry centre, and are not open to casual visitors. We are a small business that specialises in exclusive pre-booked interactive experiences for people that wish to escape the modern world and return to the natural world. I work with a maximum of two to three birds of prey on our experience days as this gives them the time and freedom they deserve. We don't do bird tricks or sit our birds on perches for days on end without being flown. Our birds are flown free everyday, they are not tethered and are freeloftfed on return to their aviary. Totally replicating the life of a wild raptor!
Falconry: the art of hunting with raptors, is an ancient practice and one of mankind's oldest alliances with the animal kingdom; one that, even today, satisfies our desires to regain our lost oneness with nature. Falconry is not a hobby but a way of life that involves continuous learning, problem solving, hard work and dedication; although deeply satisfying is also highly demanding. My definition of the ART is to allow people a preview into a raptors world by flying the birds as close to their natural wild state as possible.
I'm passionate about falconry, I don't allow my birds to sit all day at country fairs or be passed around from glove to glove at schools. True falconers allow their birds as much Liberty as possible. If you wish to see my birds, you can only watch them on their terms. In the countryside flying free (traditional falconry) - just as if they were wild.
We have access to over 20,000 acres of land to fly our birds. My aim is to provide clients with individualised, exhilarating falconry experiences, working in companionship with trained birds of prey over a range of beautiful rural landscapes, from the farmlands of South Staffordshire to the stunning scenery of the Shropshire Hills and Welsh Borders.
We have the flexibility to offer a range of private, unique interactive experiences. These include opportunities to join us for introductory 2 hour Hawk Walks, where our fully trained hawks and knowledgeable falconer will allow you to witness the marvels of flight close up on your own private session, where the emphasis is very much on clients handling and flying the birds.
We also offer our Bespoke Falconry Experience full or Hawk Experience half days, with our Hawks hunting rabbit, pheasant, pigeon and other traditional quarries. Step back in time and witness a day in the life of your forefathers, relaxing in the field enjoying lunch with a tot of sloe gin surrounded by trained raptors, concluding the day watching the sunset is an experience that you'll never forget. A true falconry experience!
Alternately we offer days aimed specifically at allowing photographers the chance of getting that prized but elusive in-flight photograph.
If you feel you have the necessary commitment and dedication to own a bird of prey we also run comprehensive falconry apprenticeship courses.
Take a look at our YouTube Channel to witness a typical day in the field: hawkinsfalconry
Join us, and see the world through a hawk's eyes . . . .
We have been featured in many magazines, TV & newspapers. A published author, his extensive work with goshawks can be read in the book: The Art of Falconry by Patrick Morel. Also featured in WildTimes travel guide.
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