Bird of Prey Experience Day at Hawkstone Park

16th October 2012

Bird of Prey Experience Day at Hawkstone Park A Shropshire tourist attraction is offering guests an introduction to the ancient art of falconry. Hawkstone Park in Weston-under-Redcastle is launching a special Bird of Prey Experience Day alongside the falconry experts at Feather Perfect, on four separate weekends in November, December, January and February.

The experience package includes a walk through the beautiful grounds of the park – where the birds will follow and glide back to the glove when called – as well as dinner, bed and breakfast and lunch.

Nicky Kent and her team of experts from Feather Perfect will lead personal groups around the park joined by a Harris hawk, with visitors set to learn about these magnificent creatures and the surrounding environment.

Nicky said: “It is a fantastic experience for people to get to know these birds and find out more about them.

“What really makes these bird of prey experience days special is that you will not share the walk with anyone outside your party. This makes for a relaxed and personal experience with plenty of ‘bird time’ for you to make the most of.

“There really couldn’t be a better setting for these walks as we head through the incredible ground at Hawkstone Park.

“Our falconers are keen naturalists and will be able to point out some of the wildlife and birds we bump into on our way around. Ravens, Woodpeckers, Buzzards, Kestrels, Peregrines and even the Red Kite have all made appearances on recent walks.

“As we walk we will explain how we look after the birds, how we exercise and train them and a little of the history of falconry.

“The walk will take around an hour to an hour-and-a-half and when we arrive back there will be another photo opportunity for you as you feed the bird on your fist.”

The Bird of Prey Experience Day package is priced at £219 per person and is available on the weekends of November 2 and 3, November 30 and December 1, January 18 and 19, and February 15 and 16.

The package includes one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, soup and sandwich lunch on the Saturday with a day’s hawking with Feather Perfect Falconry.

For more information call Hawkstone Park on 01948 841700.