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The Centre of Hocus Pocus - October 27th to November 2nd

Let us entertain you and your family this October Halloween half term, from October 27th to November 2nd at 11.00am or 2.00pm join us at the bird of prey centre. Handle and fly many different species of owls, enter our pumpkin room where each child will get to carve thier own pumpkin and take it home and enjoy a glass of witches brew and a spooky cup cake. The experience lasts for approximately two hours and is suitable for all ages.

Children £18.00 Adults £10.00 - Includes entry into the centre all day!

Call 01234 742362 or 01234 742766 to book your places

Owls by Moonlight - September 27th and October 11th 5.00pm - 8.00pm

Join us for an evening with our owls, we guarentee it to be a real hoot! During the course of the evening you will have the opportunity to come face to face with these beautiful birds; handle many different species including the Barn Owl, giant Eagle Owl, Great Grey Owl, Spectacled Owl, Tawny Owl and more. You can have a go at flying an owl, experience thier silent flight as they glide into your fist, watch our sepctacular flying display by torch light and enjoy a BBQ supper and soft drink.

Adults £18.00 Children £10.00

Call now to book your tickets 01234 742362

The ESF Falconry Club - Open for membership NOW

NEW FOR 2015 - Are you interested in learning the art of Falconry? We are opening a new club for adults to learn all about falconry, the training and housing of birds of prey. The club will run for 10 months with one meeting a month on the first Sunday of each month from 10.00am to 1.00pm. During the 10 month course you will have the opportunity to learn all about birds of prey and falconry; learn the falconers knot and the safety of handling birds of prey, the falconers language, go out hunting with Harris Hawks, make equipment, handle and fly various species of birds, law, health and more. Each member will be given a pack of course notes which they can keep and at the end of the 10 months will receive a certificate of completion. The total cost for the 10 month membership is £276.00, payment can be made in full or can be broken down into 3 instalments of £92.00. Membership is limited, for more information or to book your place please call the office on 01234 742362.

Special Offer - Hawking Days 2014/2015

With less than a month to go until the Hawking Season we are giving our customers the opportunity to venture out into the great out doors at a discounted rate. During the month of October (Monday to Friday Only) join us on one of our hawking days, you will fly and handle your own hawk as we transporrt you in our 4 x 4's to our hawking ground. Practise the true art of falconry, the thrill of the chase and enjoy the opportunity of getting close to these fantastic hawks.

Half Day Hawking WAS £78.00 per person NOW £48.00 per person

Full Day Hawking WAS £122.00 per person NOW £89.00 per person

Book now to avoid disapointment. Call 01234 742362.

Special Offer - Two Hour Hawking Exerience £29.00 per person (October and November only)

As a taster into the world of falconry, we offer a two hour hawking experience, during your time with us you will have the opportunity to meet our team of hunting hawks, recieve an introductory lesson in how to handle, feed and fly them before we take you out into the countryside for your hawking experience. As you walk the hawks will follow along through the trees before gliding down to your fist. A great way to spend a few hours down at the bird of prey centre.

We run this experience 7 days a week, am and pm sessions are available, call 01234 742362 for more information or to book your place.

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

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)

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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The ESF Falconry Club - Membership Open NOW

NEW FOR 2015 - Are you interested in learning the art of Falconry? We are opening a new club for adults to learn all about falconry, the training and housing of birds of prey. The club will run for 10 months with one meeting a month on the first Sunday of each month from 10.00am to 1.00pm. During the 10 month course you will have the opportunity to learn all about birds of prey and falconry; learn the falconers knot and the safety of handling birds of prey, the falconers language, go out hunting with Harris Hawks, make equipment, handle and fly various species of birds, law, health and more. Each member will be given a pack of course notes which they can keep and at the end of the 10 months will receive a certificate of completion. The total cost for the 10 month membership is £276.00, payment can be made in full or can be broken down into 3 instalments of £92.00. Membership is limited, for more information or to book your place please call the office on 01234 742362. Photography Workshops - September 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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