Workshops & Talks

John Dowling Falconry Ltd holds a 3 year Animal Activities License (No.19/00493AWACT) valid until 17/07/2022.


John Dowling Falconry Ltd host and provide a variety of custom talks, Q&A sessions and workshops to suit the needs of your group or event. Our team of knowledgeable Falconers will endeavour to take our birds to you where possible to bring the session to life.

These sessions can be tailor-made to suit your time schedule and are ideal for:

Educational Talks

Our custom educational talks cover a variety of topics to suit any curriculum or preference. These can be hosted at The Falconry Academy in Bristol or we can travel to you.

Topics include:

  • The History of Falconry in the UK and globally
  • How captive Birds of Prey are trained and cared for
  • Our native Bird of Prey species and wild bird recognition
  • The adaptations that allow Birds of Prey to survive in the wild
  • Conservation projects and the species affected in the UK and worldwide

We actively encourage an informal and friendly atmosphere in our talks, so audience participation is welcomed and there is no such thing as a stupid question!

Our Falconers will (where possible) bring a selection of live birds, giving you the opportunity to see these fascinating animals up close, take pictures and admire their unique adaptations.

If you are interested in booking us for a session, we recommend that you contact us as far in advance as possible so we can discuss your requirements and secure our availability.


Photography Workshops

If you run a Photography course, club or workshop group we can host a tailored session using our stunning Birds of Prey. This can be either a full day structured between practical sessions and reviewing your work or a shorter duration of your choice.

We can host your workshop using our cabin and extensive grounds at The Falconry Academy in Bristol, or for larger groups there are classrooms available to hire at The Avon Riding Centre where the Academy is based. Alternatively we can travel to your venue and adapt our team of birds to suit the space.

The team of birds we bring can include Hawks, Falcons and Owls. We can display them tethered on perches or our Falconers can fly them for you and work with your photographers to try and capture the best shots.

Species include:

  • Harris’ Hawk
  • Common Buzzard
  • Common Kestrel
  • Barn Owl
  • Tawny Owl
  • Indian Eagle Owl
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Hybrid Falcons
  • Hooded Vulture

If you are interested in booking a workshop with our Birds of Prey, it is never too early to make an enquiry. Contact us today and we can discuss your requirements.


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Corporate Events & Teambuilding Workshops

John Dowling Falconry Ltd can provide interactive and entertaining displays and hands-on sessions for your corporate event. We can include our educational stand and weathering area with birds of prey on display, as well as providing flying demonstrations (see our displays page here). Add a unique and breathtaking experience to your day’s activities with a group flying session, meeting a selection of our beautiful birds and having them fly to you. Our falconers will explain how these amazing raptors survive in the wild, their hunting techniques and how their unique adaptations help them to do so.

Alternatively we can host teambuilding workshops at The Falconry Academy in Bristol. Learn about birds of prey, how we care for them and get stuck in with some falconry skills such as:

Training and Tuition

  • Tying the Falconer’s Knot
  • Lure swinging
  • Making equipment e.g. leather flying jesses
  • Mending broken feathers by “imping”

We will also fly a selection of our beautiful birds of prey, with plenty of hands-on and photo opportunities.


Falconry teambuilding days are an unusual and memorable way to learn new skills, spend time outdoors in beautiful countryside and be able to get up close to some incredible birds of prey.

Our corporate packages can be tailored specifically for your requirements, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch and discuss options with us.