When falconry was first practised over 2000 years ago the principles of training are likely to have been exactly the same as those utilised by our bird of prey experts as they carefully prepare the birds for all of our falconry experiences. Of course, back then the aim of falconry was to create a weapon that could be used against wild quarry species for sport or for the table not to provide wonderful experiences with birds of prey in Cheshire. Our Walk The Wildside experience is as close as we can get to the traditional application of falconry as practised in Ancient Times.
At the start of this session you will be greeted by the falconer in front of the weathering lawn which is where our trained birds of prey spend most of their time during daylight hours when they are not flying. After a short handling lesson the real experience begins as you are escorted to the beautiful Cheshire countryside surrounding the Falconry Centre to begin flying the birds.
The main focus of this experience will be upon the favourite hunter amongst UK
falconers, the Harris’ Hawk. This beautiful chestnut
and chocolate brown species is a medium sized raptor that hails from the
Americas and is extremely versatile, tolerant and relatively easy to train.
It also has the added advantage in that it is one of the few bird of prey
species that can be flown with other members of the same species. Indeed,
in its natural environment this bird of prey is known to hunt co-operatively,
particularly in the more harsh areas of its range. This tolerance can be
used by the falconers when they prepare for a "Walk The Wildside" experience.
In short, the more participants we have, the more hawks we take, our maximum
number of participants is eight.
Walk the Wildside takes us
along uneven terrain along
forestry footpaths and
through woodland. No severe
inclines or scrambling over
stiles is necessary but sensible