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Childrens Activities

At the Bird of Prey centre, we feel it is important to encourage children to learn about birds of prey but have fun at the same time. We run various activities through the year. If you have any questions regarding any of our activities please feel free to contact us on 01234 742766 or 01234 742362.

The Young Falconers Club - We are now taking new membership to the Young Falconers club 2015

The Young Falconers Club started in 2001 and was the first of its kind to be started in the UK. Over the years we have taught many children how to handle and fly the birds as well as making it fun. The club runs for 10 months with one meeting held on the first Saturday of every month from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Over the 10 months the children will have the opportunity to take part in many different activities including:

- Learning the Falconers knot and safety.

- How to make equipment.

- Fly and handle different species of owls, hawks, eagles and falcons.

- Go out hunting with the harris hawks.

- Food preperation.

- Quizzes and competitions.

At the end of the ten months the children then go on to perform their own flying display, where we invite family members in to watch. We hold a bbq and hand out certificates of achievement. The cost for the membership is £105.00 and a sub fee of £2.00 per month is payable.

The year membership runs from January to November, please contact the centre for a membership form.

 

Junior Field Sports Club - We are now taking new membership to the Junior Field Sports Club 2015

If you are aged between 7-16years and have an interest in field sports why not join The Junior Field Sports Club. The club is run for 10 months, with one meeting held on the last Saturday morning from 10am to 12.30pm every month. Your membership to the club will allow you to have a go at many different field sports including:

Archery and Crossbows

Hunting with hawks

Air Rifles

Cours and Fly Fishing

Laser Shooting

Working Gun Dogs

Working Ferrets

Field Craft

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Membership fee is £125.00 per person, plus £2.00 per month sub fee. Call for details

The Young Falconers Club

The Young Falconers Club started in 2001 and was the first of its kind to be started in the UK. Over the years we have taught many children how to handle and fly the birds as well as making it fun. The club runs for 10 months with one meeting held on the first Saturday of every month from 10.00am to 12.30pm. Over the 10 months the children will have the opportunity to take part in many different activities including:

- Learning the Falconers knot and safety.

- How to make equipment.

- Fly and handle different species of owls, hawks, eagles and falcons.

- Go out hunting with the harris hawks.

- Food preperation.

- Quizzes and competitions.

At the end of the ten months the children then go on to perform their own flying display, where we invite family members in to watch. We hold a bbq and hand out certificates of achievement. The cost for the membership is £95.00 and a sub fee of £2.00 per month is payable.

The year membership runs from January to November, please contact the centre for a membership form.

 

Junior Bird of Prey Experiences

During the year we run experience days for children. The experiences can either be done as a full day or a half day. The children will have the opportunity to handle and fly different species of owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. Please contact the centre for more details.

 

Childrens Birthday Parties

For a party with a difference why not come to the bird of prey centre?

All inclusive price (minimum of 6 children) £9.50 per child, this includes:

- Admission to the centre.

- Goody bag.

- Guided tour of the centre.

- Flying display with the chance for the birthday child to participate.

- Hands on with two different species of birds.

- Free fly a species of owl.

- Photo opportunity for the birthday child with a bird of thier choice.

- Free admission for two adults.

Parties can be held at two different times; 11.30am or 2.30pm, we have available a banqueting hall which is made available for parties please contact the centre for availability and more details.

Food can be arranged on the day with a choice of burger and chips or fish fingers and chips at an additional charge of £3.50 per child.

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Open Evening August 3rd 5.00pm - 8.00pm

To celebrate the centre opening at our new site in Wilstead we are holding an Open evening. Come down and see the new centre, have a walk around and view 200 birds of prey. Through the evening you will get the opportunity to handle different species of birds; fall in love with the owls, come face to face with the eagles, hold the Peregrine Falcon and more. Have a go at flying an owl; experience their silent flight as they glide into your arm, have a go at flying an eagle; experience their giant yet graceful flight. We will also be performing a fantastic free flying display, see some of our birds in action as we swoop them over your heads, get close to these wonderful animals. A bbq supper of burgers and sausages and a soft drink is also included. Adults £18.00 Children £10.00, book now to avoid disappointment. Call 01234 742362 or 01234 742766. A great way to enjoy a summer evening! Photography Workshops - July 26th, August 3rd and 15th, September 19th and 28th 10.00am-4.00pm The English School of Falconry is pleased to have local professional photographer, Darren Harbar offering his extensive experience at our workshops. Darren not only runs his own photography business in nearby Biggleswade but he's also an internationally published photographer with an eye for action images. Before setting up his own business, Darren served as the editor of Which Digital Camera? magazine and as the test and technique editor on Practical Photography. Darren is therefore highly experienced in delivering technique training and indeed now runs his own photography training academy. We know that every photographer has different levels of knowledge, so our day starts with some classroom time where our professional photographer will be able to get an idea of what you already know. There may well be some technique training in this part of the day that some students will already know, but our workshop is designed to accommodate the entry-level user as well as the enthusiast. In the classroom, we will cover the use of shutter speeds and aperture so you will learn how to select these on your camera. You will also be taught about ISO sensitivity, metering and those all important focussing techniques that will be well-utilised during the practical part of your day. After an hour or so in the classroom, you will be mentally equipped to face your photography challenges with our birds of prey. The first practical part of the day will cover the technique of photographing static birds. You'll have plenty of time with the handlers to get some great images, and we will show you how to use the natural backgrounds to get more natural images. After a buffer lunch, we explore the challenges of capturing a bird in flight. This is where your classroom work will fall into place and you'll get a chance to put it into practise. We'll start you off nice and slow with some more sedate flyers, and then work up to some faster birds throughout the afternoon. By the time the mid-afternoon public arena display starts, you'll be ready to try your hand at a whole range of birds as they perform. After the show, we have the chance to sit down and evaluate your images and experiences from the day. This is the time to ask lots of questions and our professional photographer will be on hand to guide you. Course Requirements Each student must own a DSLR or CSC with a removable lens. The training will be centred around digital cameras and will include technique on how to manually set the camera. We therefore do not recommend these courses for film camera users or for those with compact cameras and those with built-in-zooms. We will ask students to confirm the type of camera they use, to ensure compatibility with the technique training. Students will need to ensure that they have ample space on the cameras memory card to capture multiple images during the course of the day. They will also need to ensure that batteries are fully charged, and they have spares/chargers if required. It is recommended that students have a telephoto fixed/zoom lens (something like a 70-300mm is ideal). This is not essential, but will make a significant difference to the potential results they can achieve from the training. £99.00 per person, places are limited, we advise you book your place early, please call 01234 742766 or 01234 742362.
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