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How To Find UsYou will find Thorp Perrow Arboretum on the Bedale to Ripon road, just south of Bedale, North Yorkshire, some 4 miles from Leeming Bar on the A1.
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Visitor InformationWheelchair Bookings
The Arboretum is accessible to wheelchairs. Disabled toilets are available at the tearoom and the Bird Centre. Electric wheelchairs are available (at a charge of £1) but must be pre-booked.
We welcome dogs in the arboretum but they must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted in the Bird Centre or Mammal Centre, however facilities are available there to secure them safely.
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Bird of Prey and Mammal CentreThe Falcons of Thorp Perrow is the ultimate family day out, incorporating the opportunity to learn more about birds of prey and associated wildlife, with the enjoyment of hands on experience for all the family.
WatchOur regular flying demonstrations will not only give the opportunity to witness the breathtaking ability of eagles, falcons, hawks, vultures and owls from all five continents of the world, but also an opportunity to participate in the flying demonstrations, under the guidance of our trained staff. Demonstrations second to none, including lively and informative commentary, are held three times daily in spring, summer and autumn, weather permitting - Meet the Owls at 11.30 am, Flying Displays at 1.30 pm, 3.30 pm.
Winter flying display at 1.30pm.
ListenAn opportunity to "Meet the Birds!" is available for 15 minutes after each demonstration under the supervision of our staff.
FunIn the springtime, the ultimate experience for any child is meeting with one of our young owls and falcons, hatched through our breeding programme, and throughout the seasons. New arrivals can be seen going through our training programme.
SchoolsEducational packages are available for school visits, including a lecture on conservation, reflecting the information available within our conservation and education centre.
In a new millennium, where our native and world population of raptors are still under pressure from deforestation and changing agricultural methods, conservation through education is an essential factor in the future of these awe inspiring birds.
Mammal CentreOur Mammal Centre is also open every day, with new enclosures and experiences; Meerkat Island, Walk Through Wallaby Wood - to name but a few! Visit our new donkeys.
Hawk Walks and Courses
Hawk Walk £35 + £5 Per GuestAn unforgettable experience, giving a brief opportunity to discover more about the world of falconry. Starting with instruction on basic handling techniques, you will be given a Harris Hawk to fly during a walk around the Arboretum under the direction and supervision of our staff, lasting approximately 1 hour.
An ideal gift for the person who has everything!
Falconer For The Day £80Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes here at the Falcons of Thorp Perrow? Come and experience the day to day running of a Bird of Prey Centre without the theory, an opportunity to work along side the Falconers and get involved with their daily routine. Also includes a Hawk Walk.
Bird Of Prey Association Day £115Want to know if falconry is for you? This one day course will give you the opportunity to extend your knowledge of birds of prey and their management.
The day will begin at 10.30 am with coffee and an introductory lecture, followed by a discussion period covering the various birds of prey, natural habitat, quarry, housing, equipment and training methods used. You will then be introduced to the birds and given practical instruction in how to carry and handle them safely. After lunch, you will be taken into the Arboretum and you will fly the bird you have been handling. The day will conclude at 4.00 pm.
An Introduction To Falconry £180A two day course designed to give a brief insight into the ancient art of Falconry for those with little or no knowledge of Falconry.
During this course, you will be given experience in flying and handling both hawks and falcons, and learn the different techniques used in training and hunting with different species of birds of prey, including broad wings, short wings and long wings.
Starting at 10.30 am, day one will focus on broad and short winged species, with the morning session concentrating on the theory of falconry, learning how to safely handle your bird for the day, and after lunch you will have the opportunity to fly your bird in the Arboretum. The day concludes at 4.00 pm. Day two, starting again at 10.30 am, will take a look at long-wings, following the same format as the previous day, but with an emphasis on falcons and their vastly differing methods of handling and training.
Falconry For Beginners £240Following on from the 2 day course, this 3 day course gives an additional insight into the flying and management of birds of prey, with an emphasis on flying the bird you have been handling.
As with all our courses, this can be tailor made to suit your needs, depending upon existing knowledge of the sport of falconry, and environmental issues affecting our sport.
Basic Courses In Falconry £400 - Lantra Beginning Falconry AwardA five day course, essential for the novice falconer, intent upon acquiring a bird of prey.
A much more intense course, specifically geared to your needs, offering advice on choosing the right bird to suit your circumstances and taking you through the training regime needed for that species, to ensure both you and your bird are ready for hunting.
You will study the habits and habitat of the birds' quarry, and the choice and use of dogs in hunting. You will learn about all the equipment used in falconry and you will also be shown how to make certain pieces of equipment, which you may take away with you at the end of the course.
The environment in which you keep your bird of prey is very important and so you will also learn about the forms of housing, diet, and the health and welfare of your bird including basic husbandry. You will also be given instruction on the laws governing birds of prey in the U.K.
Course days begin at 10.30 am, concluding at 4.00 pm, including at least one afternoon spent hunting with the birds. As Falconry is governed by the usual hunting season, a hunting session will only be included during the period 1st September to 1st February.
The Falcons of Thorp Perrow
The Walled Garden,
Tel/Fax: 01677 427755
Email: Thomas Graham