At present, we fly two birds, both Harris Hawks, (Parabuteo Unicinctus).
On the walk, you'll learn why this species is so widely used in falconry.
Lady Macbeth is fifteen years old, with a wingspan of just over a meter, and weighs about a kilo. Cassius, being male, is smaller with a wingspan just under a meter and weighs about 800 grammes. A new arrival is Ulysses the barn owl, a featherweight at only 300 grammes.
A Hawk Walk is an introduction to falconry. The cost for each walk or voucher is for a group of up to four people. So if there are one, two, three or four of you the cost is the same. You will be the only people on the walk. It's your walk and no other family or group will be with us.
You fly the bird, you are the falconer.
You will learn how to get the hawk to fly to you, how to send her away, how to feed her on your fist.
You will learn about their way of life, how they are adapted to their environment and see at first hand some of the attributes of these raptors that have fascinated us since the dawn of time.
We're happy to bring the hawks along to private parties, schools, U3A, WI meetings etc.
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Our Refund Policy. Falconry is weather dependent. If I decide that the weather is too rough for the birds, we will postpone until another mutually agreeable date. Sometimes I can do this a couple of days before, sometimes it is a decision that has to be made on the day. The birds are animals, not machines and sometimes they will have off days, just like the rest of us. Again, if the bird decides not to play, or goes off on a mission after a pheasant, we will have to abandon the walk. If it is not possible to arrange another date, I will give a refund.
I always ask for payment in advance. Contact me by email and I will give you bank details for a transfer. As soon as the transfer is done, you'll be booked in.
The Hawk Walks
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can we bring a dog with us?
No, sorry. The hawks don't like strange dogs.
Is there a lot of walking involved?
The distance and speed of the walk is entirely up to you. The Withypool walk is on a slight slope, but there’s no hurry. The North Molton one has has a slight slope to begin with, but the rest of the two hundred acres are flat. Again, the speed and distance are up to you. The Exford walk has a steep hill and would not be suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
Do we get to hold the hawk?
Yes, that's what it's all about. You will learn about falconry by doing it.
Is there an age limit?
No, attention span is more important. If the little darling is getting bored and restive and likely to be a risk to themselves, or more importantly, the hawk, then it's time to stop. To be fair, most kids are utterly fascinated by the hawks.
Are you insured?
Yes, £6 million of public liability insurance. Expensive for us, reassuring for you.
Do you take online payments?
No we don't. That's one of the reasons our prices are so low. To arrange a date, please phone or email. You will be asked to make a bank transfer. As soon as the transfer is done, you'll be booked in.
What if there are more than four of us?
That will be an extra £15 for each additional person. Prices for large groups by arrangement.
What if there are less than four of us?
Still £75 or £95, I'm afraid, depending upon which walk you've chosen.
There will be five of us, but one only wants to watch, not participate, do they still have to pay?”
Yes. The hawks don’t understand the concept of spectators, so that person will be given a glove and safety instructions. I will also have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t end up with a bird landing on them.
Is the price per person?
No. The price is for a group of up to four people. So whether there is one or four of you, the price is the same. We can easily accommodate larger groups, just ask.
Is it weather dependent?
Yes. The birds can't fly in heavy rain or strong winds. If I decide the weather is no good, we'll postpone to another mutually agreeable date.
When are you open?
We go out all year round, any day of the week.
Do you sell vouchers?
Yes, they are valid for 12 months. Email us for the bank details and a reference, make the payment, and I will email you the voucher.
I’ve had a voucher for 12 month, I haven’t got round to using it. Will you extend it for a couple of months?
Actually, this isn’t really a frequently asked question, but you’d be surprised at what some people think they are entitled to!