The most popular question asked at any falconry event is why do the birds come back? This is a free animal, in most cases one that is very capable of hunting and surviving for itself. So why return? The answer is the bond, the trust the bird has that you will not hurt it. It makes a choice to land on a fist, it is never a given conclusion that it will do so, it has free will.
This choice is a moment of magic, a snap shot of bonding and trust between man and bird. Feathers and Furs’ Half Day Bird of Prey Sessions offer these moments, a wonderful chance to have a really close encounter with some of Britains’ stunning Birds of Prey and a few of our neighbouring countries ones too, creating memories never to be forgotten.
Our meeting point is our centre within Moss End Garden Village (from Feb 2021). Here you meet the falconers then we have a quick safety talk, you are shown how to call and hold the birds correctly and are given a falconry glove to use for the duration of the session.
The half day session is a really hands on experience and over the 3 hours you will be introduced to, handle and fly a wide variety of raptors, including the Barn Owl, European Eagle Owl, Tawny Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel, Buzzard, and Harris Hawk. Feathers and Fur is also lucky enough to be surrounded by wild Birds of Prey including the magnificent Red Kite. Once a very rare sight in our skies now the broad winged silhouette is a wonderful addition to the beauty of the Berkshire countryside and one that we are pleased to see souring high over us on a daily basis.
Throughout the whole session you are welcome to take photographs and ask questions. The session includes a tea and coffee break.
The Half Day Bird of Prey Sessions take place 6 days a week and are held mornings only in the winter period and mornings and afternoon in the summer. Sessions are limited to 6 participants ages 16 and over.
An additional spectator can be added on the day for £15 per person, but this is limited to 1 per voucher and not for those vouchers purchased with a spectator already attending. If you are interested in a private larger or family group please feel free to contact our team and we can discuss options.
How to book a Half Day Bird of Prey Experience
1 – Gift Voucher or E-Voucher
The Half Day Bird Of Prey Session is available as an E-Voucher or a physical Gift Voucher, both with a 1 year validity, making them an ideal present for family and friends. Both voucher are personalised to the recipient of the voucher so don’t forget to add their name to the ‘recipient’ box on the payment page.
The E-Voucher is sent via email within 24 hour of your purchase (they are personalised so not automatically created), which you can then print off yourself. The option for this is above when selecting the drop down ‘voucher options’ please select the E-Voucher option.
The Gift Voucher are a physical voucher that we hand write and post out, so you have something lovely to wrap up and gift. There is an additional £3 charge for this voucher. The option for the Gift Voucher is in the drop down ‘voucher options’ please select the Gift Voucher option.
2 – Specific Date
If you are looking for a specific date to do your Half Day Bird of Prey Experience on, please call or email so that we can check the diary for you.
Please do not purchase this experience without checking the availability if you are looking for a specific date, as our sessions and encounters can fill up months in advance. Once you are confirmed in the diary we will then ask you to return here to make payment.
Payment is always taken in advance for the Half Day Bird of Prey Experience.
Redeeming a gift voucher
Redeeming your gift voucher couldn’t be easier, simply visit the following link to view the available dates and fill in the form beneath the calendar. www.feathersandfur.co.uk/halfdaybooking.html . **Please note you MUST have paid for and received a voucher number in order to confirm your date, you will need the voucher number for fill in the form **. Weekend and school holidays fill up months in advance so please don’t leave it until the last minute!
Alternatively, if you have a specific date in mind for attending then before booking contact us and we can check and let you know the availability.
Please do not hesitate to email or call our information team if you require any help with booking a session or would like to purchase a voucher.
Things to know
Weather – sessions may be weather dependant, if we plan to cancel we will contact you early in the morning to rearrange your session.
What to wear – all our sessions and experiences take place out doors so we recommend suitable clothing and foot wear as it is often colder than you would think when you are flying birds.
Covid-19 – we are currently working in smaller groups, adhering to social distancing, using a one way system around the centre and asking everyone to use hand gel at the entrance to the site and once you have finished with the falconry gloves.
Cameras – Dont forget to bring your camera with you as our birds are very photogenic ( we can’t say the same for the falconers though!!)
Handling Age – some of our sessions are adult only, including spectators, this is made clear in the Experience description above and on your gift voucher cover letter. Our minimum age for handling is 6 years old.
Where sessions take place and what is available there – all our sessions take place at Moss End Garden Village, Maidenhead Road, Bracknell RG42 6EJ. Moss End Garden Village has parking facilities, toilets, cafe and many other shops on site.