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Falconry Courses

Duration: 6 Day Comprehensive apprenticeship style course - (one-to-one) private tuition.
Raptors used on the course: Bonelli's Eagle and Harris' Hawk

Firstly, falconry is a huge commitment and lifestyle change
, do not underestimate the implications that this may put on your life! Nigel is able to offer private tuition on his intensive apprenticeship style falconry course to beginners who can demonstrate the necessary time, commitment and facilities to practise falconry to the required standard. His tuition course is the most comprehensive falconry course available. (Nigel has over 20 years teaching experience as he's a qualified instructor in the Fire Service)

Nigel believes falconry cannot be taught on a short three day course with 3 to 10 students at falconry centres.
He prefers to offer a one-to-one apprenticeship, where the student will have the freedom to book 6 days when they want, and don't have to be block booked.  Only moving onto the next training module when they feel confident.

You will shadow Nigel whilst he passes on his extensive knowledge with six morning classroom and video sessions, followed by six afternoon practical flying sessions in the field. Emphasis is on maximum handling and flying of the hawks until he is confident you have the required ability, confidence and dedication to own and fly a bird of prey.
Train with a truly experienced falconer and published author "The Art of Falconry" (his extensive work with goshawks can be read in the goshawk chapter) He spends most of his time in the field flying his hawks.
His apprenticeships are on a one-to-one basis so you get maximum interaction and time with the birds & falconer. Starting with the basics then moving onto hunting with a Bonelli's Eagle and Harris' Hawk, working alongside our ferrets and German Short-Haired Pointer.

You will conclude your course flying the birds on your own afternoon flying session; which will give you a true falconry experience like no other. (Nigel will be a short distance away in case of any problems)
You can also extend your apprenticeship course over 10-15 days, the extra days are charged at a daily rate of £150
We are confident that you will leave our apprenticeship with the correct attitude and knowledge to give you the best possible start in your newly acquired lifestyle.
Nigel takes a personal interest in your raptors welfare. As you embark on your falconry journey it's also comforting to know that included in your course is the backup of our mentor programme, where Nigel will be available on the phone or in person 24hrs a day if any problems arise.

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The course covers the following:

  • History, Etiquette and Ethics
  • Terminology
  • 6 days in the field
  • Legal requirements & Implications
  • Types of Perches - Tethering - Falconers knot
  • Housing & Hygiene: Mews, Weatherings & Aviary Design
  • Freelofting for all species
  • Food & Nutrition - Food Preparation & Supplements
  • Health, Morphology, Anatomy & Biology
  • Species Suitability
  • Purchasing your first bird
  • Foreseeing Behavioural Problems
  • Hoods & Hooding
  • Essential Falconry Equipment: Swivels, leashes, gloves, travel boxes, vests, scales, baths, lures, bells, bewits, anklets & jesses
  • Leather equipment construction
  • Picking up & carrying
  • Feeding, manning & training techniques
  • Weighing & weight management
  • Flying on a creance
  • Flying Free
  • Following On - Waiting on
  • Lure & pole lure training
  • Entering
  • Hunting Techniques & Fieldcraft
  • Quarry spikes/dispatch pliers
  • Advanced Training Techniques
  • Appetite, stretch receptors, rangle, washed meat - reclaiming
  • Coping & Imping without casting
  • Unlimited mentoring
  • Waking Accipiters
  • Eagle training techniques
  • Conditioning & Enseaming
  • Operant Conditioning - Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Development & Behaviour
  • Motivation
  • Weather - Barometric Pressure
  • Theory & Practical Telemetry & Tracking - Digital & GPS
  • Telemetry mounting methods: Tracpack - Leg - Tail
  • Intensive First Aid Course: Crop Tubes - Trauma Care - Drug Administration - Bleeding - Splints - Parasites - Wing Trauma - Shock - Sour Crop - Wingtip Oedema - Emergency Feeding etc
  • Disease Prevention - Bumble foot - Viral - Fungal
  • First Aid Kits
  • Bad Practices
  • Fitness Training Techniques
  • Hawking in the Field
  • The Moult
  • Kite & Mechanical lure Training
  • Obtaining your own bird - Breeders
  • Obtaining land
  • Clubs - Field Meets
  • Ferreting Techniques
  • Hawking Dogs
  • Freedom to extend course to 10-15 days
  • Problem solving in the field
  • Preparing game for consumption - Butchery & Bushcraft skills
  • The Philosophy of the Falconer
  • Get the full potential from your raptor...

To book your place on this course a £200 non-refundable deposit is required.  The outstanding balance is required one week before your course starts.

Courses take place in South Staffordshire & Shropshire

Course cost: £POA
(our mentor programme comes as standard with every course: we provide unlimited advice, for an unlimited time*)

Individual Coaching/Advanced Training Days

We also offer one-to-one individual tuition days from basic to advanced training. Maybe you already have your hawk, falcon or eagle and have some difficulties. Nigel can assess your problems then provide remedies and give an effective plan of progression.
Call on his extensive professional knowledge and experience to train or eradicate behavioural problems. Simply bring your hawk along and Nigel will assist in training that all important bird the right way.

Training days available:
  • Telemetry Theory and Practical Day - (morning theory session then afternoon practical tracking)
  • First Aid & Trauma in the field Day - (first aid kits, crop tubes practical, trauma care, drug administration, bleeding, splints, parasites, wing trauma, shock, sour crop, wingtip oedema, emergency feeding)
  • Food & Nutrition Day - (appetite, stretch receptors, rangle, enseaming, conditioning, when to use casting material, visceral fat, body condition score, scales & weight, washed meat, motivation & weather.)
  • Fitness Training Day - (nutrition, appetite, kite, mechanical Lure)

Get the full potential from your raptor...

£150 per day

To discuss any questions you have in more detail regarding our courses or training days please call Nigel: 07956 347427 or complete our contact form for more information...

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