faqs




It's good to be prepared! Here you will find answers to most of your questions.

If you have a question that has not been answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Select a sub-section:
o general
o hawk walks
o horseback hawking
o events


general
Why do you fly harris hawks? They are NOT a historical breed!
Where certain breeds cannot be used, we use similar breeds that help to give the public an idea of the type of bird flown. The main example of this is our use of harris hawks, to replace sparrowhawks and goshawks. These birds, though authentic, are highly strung and not generally suited to a display environment. So for the safety and sanity of these birds we use a species that is happier performing and being handled by many people.

Will I be able to stroke or pet the birds?
Generally the answer is no. Although all our birds are captive bred and used to being around people, they are still wild animals, rather than household pets like cats or dogs. Being touched by "strange" people can be a highly upsetting experience for them and can damage their plumage.

Why is some of the bird's equipment not historical?
The safety of our birds is always paramount. The birds flown in our demonstrations carry a modern tracking transmitter known as telemetry. This is for the bird's own safety, as it allows us to quicky track and find a lost hawk or falcon, that would otherwise not survive in the wild.

I have concerns about the bird's welfare.
All our birds are legally held, bred in captivity and are in great condition physically and mentally. Each bird is registered with the relevent authorities, and if required, holds the EC Cites certificate for public display and commercial use.

Our birds recieve regular veterinary checkups. All the equipment we use meets the best practice recognised throughout the international falconry community. Equipment is maintained daily and changed regularly to insure comfort and care to the birds.

The mental and physical well-being of our birds will always come first, whether at home, on a hawking day or at a display.

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hawk walks
I have never done falconry before. I am worried/scared/nervous!
You will be kitted out with all the equipment you need and be given clear instruction throughout your experience. If at any time you feel uncomfortable or do not understand what is being asked of you, tell the falconer immediately so they can help you.

How fit do I need to be?
As long as you are able to walk at a gentle pace over uneven terrain you will be fine. There is no need to run or climb any great distance during your experience.

What should I wear?
The ground can be uneven so please wear suitable footwear, either walking boots or wellies. Please wear dark/neutral colour clothing if possible, as bright colours can scare the hawks. Long sleeves and trousers are also a good idea to protect your arms and legs from brambles/nettles etc. Make sure you dress for appropriately the weather!

Can I bring my dog?
Although some of our birds are used to dogs, our hawks are not keen on them. For the safety of both the dog and the hawk we say no.

What happens in bad weather?
It is unsafe for our birds to fly in heavy rain or strong wind. The day will be rearranged or a refund can be given.

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horseback hawking
How competant do I have to be at riding?
You need to be competant and confident, independantly, in walk, trot and canter. You will have time to get to know your mount and your riding will be assessed. If you are deemed unsafe then the day will not commence. This is for both your and the animal's safety. You will be offered a partial refund.

Do I need my own helmet or tack?
All nessecary falconry equipment, saddles, tack and riding hats will be provided. You may bring your own hat/body protect if you wish.

What should I wear?
You will need to wear jodpurs or trousers that are comfortable to ride in and shoes/boots with a heel. Please wear dark/neutral colour clothing if possible, as bright colours can scare the hawks. Make sure you dress appropriately for the weather!

What happens in bad weather?
It is unsafe for our birds to fly in heavy rain or strong wind. The day will be rearranged or a refund can be given.

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events
Behaviour of the birds.
Although both our birds and falconer are well trained, our birds are not machines, and they can sometimes behave unexpectedly. We cannot be held responsible for bad weather or unco-operative birds, but we will always endeavour to ensure that you and your guests thoroughly enjoy the experience.

What happens if a bird becomes ill or injured?
If a bird becomes ill or injured during an event the falconer will make a decision to treat the bird onsite, or take it directly to the vet, depending on the severity. This may mean the show can continue with the affected bird resting, or that we may have to cancel our presence at the event.

How destructive are the birds? Will they make a mess?
The birds are not destructive in their surrounding enviroment. Suitable perches are provided for the birds to rest on. If a bird is moulting it may drop feathers, which are collected by the falconer. All our birds will leave small excretions on the floor. These are cleaned up by the falconer with appropriate disinfectant.

What happens in bad weather?
It is unsafe for our birds to fly in heavy rain or strong wind. We will alter our agreed program by either giving static demonstrations (which can be equally exciting!), or by flying the birds in a suitable alternative indoor space.

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