"Falconry for Beginners" 5-Day Courses

This extensive course will provide those interested in Bird Management & Falconry with a complete grounding in the practicalities of this absorbing & rewarding hobby.

During the five day course you will have the opportunity to learn about the many aspects of keeping birds of prey from staff of the East Anglia Academy of Falconry, who have many years experience in the art.

Under the direct supervision of our Head Falconer or his Deputy, the Falconry for Beginners Course starts in the classroom with the basics and progresses to cover all the fundamentals of modern bird management including manning, equipment, accommodation, diet, health & hygiene, legislation and the etiquette of falconry.

During the course you will work in the field with magnificent hawks and buzzards as you learn how to train and man birds of prey for free flight, developing care, understanding and confidence as you handle them. Detailed course notes will be provided for your reference and at the end of the course you will spend an afternoon putting theory into practice in the field, hunting with a Harris Hawk. Course topics include:

  • The Modern Falconer

  • Introduction to Long Wings & Short Wings

  • Furniture • Accommodation, Mews & Weathering

  • Health & Hygiene • Obtaining Flying Ground • Legislation

  • Flying & Field Craft • Hooding

  • Basic Training Methods

  • Lure Swinging

  • Obtaining your First Bird

  • Handling the New Arrival

  • Etiquette & Responsibilities

  • Bird Handling

Dates for 2019:

October - 7th to 11th inclusive (5 days)

Suitable ages 18 & over.

This Course is approved & recommended by The British Falconers Club.

Fee for 5-day course, Course Notes, Lunches & Refreshments: £495 incl VAT. 

Advance Booking Essential - to make a booking, please call 

East Anglia Academy of Falconry
c/o The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Stonham Barns
Pettaugh Road
Stonham Aspal IP14 6AT

Telephone (local rate number): 03456 807 897
e-mail: info@falconry-east.co.uk
Fax: 01449 711938

Please call the Centre on 03456 807 897 the day before your visit to confirm the arrangements, as some courses may be postponed if the weather is likely to be entirely unsuitable.