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Opening July 12th

The English School of Falconry Bird of Prey & Conservation Centre has moved to Herrings Green Farm, Cotton End Road Wilstead, Beds MK45 3DT.

For all field sport experiences please visit www.fieldsportscentre.co.uk

Owl Club - Children aged 7-16 years

Through the summer holidays we are offering our junior visitors to take part in our owl club. The experience lasts from 10am - 12.30pm, during thier time with us they will get to handle and fly many different species owls, have a go at quizzes and take part in competitions. We have the following dates available; August 4th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 20th, 22nd, 26th, and the 28th.

£15.00 per child, call 01234 742362 or 01234 742766 to book your place.

The Bird of Prey centre will be open to visitors on July 12th 2014. The centre is open 7 days a week from 10.00am - 5.00pm. The centre is home to over 200 birds of prey from all around the world, including many species of owls, hawks, eagles, falcons, kites and vultures.

Flying Displays

11.30 - Owls of the World

1.30pm - Birds of the World

3.30pm - Birds of the World

Each of our flying displays last for approx 30 minutes, each flying display is different, see all the birds in action as we bring them close over your heads!

Additional Activities (included in your entry price)

After the 11.30am and 3.30pm flying displays we offer visitors the opportunity to handle an owls, perfect chance to get a souvenier photos and ask the falconers any questions you may have.

2.00pm - Have a go at flying an owl or hawk.

Admission Prices

Adults £10.00

Senior Citizens £9.00

Children (3-16 years) £5.00

Family Ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) £25.00

Children under the age of 3 years are free

Group Rate (Parties of 10 visitors or more) £7.50 per person

1 Hour Bird of Prey Experience (not included in your entry price)

Make your visit to the bird of prey centre extra special and book in on an hours experience. You will have the opportunity to handle and fly different species of birds including owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. You are able to book in on this experience on the day of visiting or you can ring the office on 01234 742362 and book prior to visiting.

12.00pm - 1.00pm - Booking no later than 11.30am

4.00pm - 5.00pm - Booking no later than 3.30pm

Adults - £10.00

Children - £7.00

(Not suitable for children under the age of 5 years)

Junior 2 Hour Bird of Prey Experiences (Children aged 5-16 years)

Through the Summer holidays we are offering children the opportunity to have two hours handling and flying a variety of birds of prey, including owls, hawks, eagles and falcons. ONLY £10.00 per child, we have the following dates available;

August 4th 2pm - 4pm, 7th 2pm - 4pm 15th 2pm - 4pm, 18th 11am - 1pm, 20th 11am - 1pm and the 26th 2pm - 4pm. Call now to book your place 01234 742362 or 01234 742766.

1 Hour Junior Field Sports (Children aged 9-16years)

Through the Summer holidays we are offering children the opportunity to have a go at our country sports, during the hour children will have a go at archery and sling shots. Only £8.00 per child, we have the following dates available:

August 12th 11am - 12pm, 13th 11am - 12pm, 15th 11am - 12pm, 18th 11am - 12pm, 20th 12pm - 1pm, 21st 12pm - 1pm, or 26th at 12pm - 1pm. Call 01234 742362 or 01234 742766.

Our tea room and gift shop is open 7 days a week or we have a picnic area, parking is free.

 

 

 

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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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