John Dowling Falconry Ltd holds a 3 year Animal Activities License (No.19/00493AWACT) valid until 17/07/2022.
We are now taking bookings for experience days. Due to health reasons, our European Kestrel is currently not flying. There will be a different bird species flying in his place on our experiences and we apologise for any disappointment caused.
Our team of friendly and experienced falconers endeavour to make your experience an enjoyable, memorable and informative one. We offer a range of personal and unique packages to suit everyone.
Our services include:
- Birds of Prey experience packages (1.5 hour Hawk Walk up to a full day VIP experience)
- Photography Half Day
- Falconry Taster Day
- Flying Demonstrations
- Static Displays
- Educational Talks and Workshops
- Corporate Events
- Custom Experience/Large Groups
All of our experience packages are hosted at The Falconry Academy in Bristol.
All prices listed below are per person, if you are interested in booking a group larger than 4 people or have any custom requirements, please contact us and we will do our best to accommodate.
What an amazing experience! The team were very knowledgeable I learnt so much! Very calming, watching the birds in flight. They are trained so well it all went smoothly. Clever, skilled creatures just being themselves and that is enough! -I was in awe of them. Was a privilege to be a part of their world for a short time. I look forward to going back-thanks John & team!
Our hawk walk will introduce you to one of our striking Harris’ Hawks whilst we stroll around the beautiful ancient woodland. Learn about how this adaptable Hawk survives in the wild, while he follows above your head in the trees before swooping down to your glove for plenty of photo opportunities. You’ll participate in groups of no more than 6 people. You’ll also meet one of our other birds.
This experience lasts 1.5 hours and costs £55 per person.
NEW 2019 Owl Experience
Perfect for Owl lovers, this experience allows you to be up close and personal with our four beautiful Owls. You will get to fly two of our native Owl species; the Barn Owl and the Tawny Owl. Learn how they are adapted for silent and deadly flight as you watch them glide to and from your glove. For a real wow factor, feel the power of our stunning Bengal Eagle Owl – one of the largest birds in our collection – as he flies to you for a perfect photo opportunity. You will also get to meet our newest member of the bird team, our young Great Grey Owl. As you watch him in training, we will explain the process of how we train our Owls and how it differs from training other birds of prey. There will also be a chance to meet one of our other birds at the end of your experience. You will participate in groups no larger than 6 people.
This experience lasts approx. 1.5 hours and costs £70 per person.
Two Hour Falconry Experience
During this experience you will be able to marvel up-close at the flight of the UK’s second smallest Falcon, the Kestrel. You will be amazed by the speed and power of this 170g (6oz) bird as he alights on your glove for the perfect photo opportunity. Enjoy a woodland stroll accompanied by one of our Harris’ Hawks on a hawk walk, then meet one of our charismatic Owls and learn about their incredible adaptations. You will participate in groups no larger than 6 people.
This experience is 2 hours long and costs £65 per person.
Half Day Falconry Experience
Our half day includes all of the activities in the 2 hour experience, during which we will describe the intricacies of falconry in more detail for you. In addition, you will be able to witness the breath-taking spectacle of a Falcon flying free before you. You will learn about the unique features that allow these birds to fly at such incredible speeds and witness them in motion. You’ll participate in groups of no more than 6 people.
This experience is 3 hours long and costs £80 per person.
Photography Half Day
We offer a photography half day to those after some magnificent snap shots of our amazing birds of prey. The session can be tailored to your style and involve our falconer flying a bird for you to get the best shots with a backdrop of the Gloucestershire countryside.
This experience costs £85 per person.
Full Day Falconry Experience
During your full day of falconry you will get to enjoy everything that is offered within our Half Day experience, which includes a woodland walk with a Harris’ Hawk and the joy of flying a Kestrel. You will then get to experience the thrill of Falcons stooping in front of you, during which we will explain their different flying styles and hunting techniques. Throughout the day you will learn more about the history of falconry, our training procedures and how words you use everyday originally came from falconry. As well as all this, you will get to wonder at the silent flight of one of our stunning owls as they gently glide to your glove. You will participate in groups of no more than 6 people.
We will take a break for lunch and a chat halfway through your experience, so please bring a packed lunch with you.
This experience is 6 hours long and costs £130 per person.
VIP Falconry Experience
If you are looking for something more personal and extra special, then this exclusive experience is the ultimate treat. The VIP experience guarantees that there will be no other participants on your day, giving you more hands on time with our magnificent birds of prey. Your day will incorporate all of the activities from our Full Day experience, including a woodland walk with a Harris’ Hawk and being able to fly the stunning Kestrel. You will be escorted to the private flying fields in our 4×4 where we will fly a variety of spectacular Falcons. As you encounter the rush of birds flying at high speeds around you, we will explain how and why these birds are used in falconry, their hunting styles and the lives of their wild cousins. We will also fly one of our larger bird of prey species for a real wow factor. On top of that, you will be able to admire the serene flight of one of our beautiful Owls as they gently glide to and from your glove.
We will take a break for lunch and a chat halfway through your experience. Lunch on the VIP experience day is provided and we can cater for any dietary requirements or preferences.
This experience is 6 hours long and costs £215 per person & £40 per spectator.
NEW 2019 Falconry Taster Day
Looking for an experience day with an educational twist? Or perhaps you are interested in the idea of owning your own bird of prey but are not sure how much is involved?
Our new “Day in the Life of a Falconer” trial day allows you unique access to the “behind the scenes” of caring for and training birds of prey.
This full day introduction to falconry is a great start for those considering owning a bird or enrolling on our Raptor Awards course.
- All our experiences take place in small groups to maximise the amount of time you have with the birds.
- We arrange our experiences to suit you, however we do advise that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. It is never too early to discuss potential dates with us.
- Please ensure that you wear suitable clothing and shoes. We recommend walking boots or wellies. This is an outdoor activity in the countryside.
- All vouchers must be used within 12 months of purchase. Voucher cost + P&P = £5.00.
- Spectators are welcome at £20 each (except the VIP day at £40 each) to a maximum of 2 people.
- Well behaved children of all ages are welcome, with an accompanying adult.
- All falconry experiences are weather dependent and therefore may have to be rescheduled. We will get in touch with you within 48 hours before your experience to confirm.
An amazing experience. Not only did we meet and fly such a different selection of falcons, hawks, a buzzard and an owl, John explains how habitat and diet make the differences in form and behaviour of the different species. A totally awesome experience which will stay with me.
We are an approved Raptor Awards training provider and assessor. Learn how to look after, train and fly birds of prey with our comprehensive courses.