Hobbledown has partnered up with Coda Falconry to let you get up close and personal with these magnificent birds - owls, hawks, Loki the raven, and more!

Members, please note: the 15% Membership discount on animal experiences does not apply to Coda Birds of Prey experiences.

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1 Hour Falconry

- Short but sweet!

 

Minimum age: 8 years old
Price: £54


A superb falconry starter session for beginners! Have a go at flying a variety of raptors to your gloved hand in our bespoke flying arena at Hobbledown Heath.

After starting with a handling session involving some of our smaller species of owls, you will then have the chance to fly some of our larger species of hawks or buzzards, and one of our medium-sized owls.

This is the perfect experience for anyone who wants to take the first steps towards experiencing the exhilarating feeling of flying raptors!

 

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2 hour Falconry

- Two is the magic number!

 
Minimum age: 12 years old
Price: £78


Our most popular falconry experience - one that allows you to explore the sport of falconry by flying a huge variety of our birds to your gloved hand. Within the 2 hour experience, you can fly buzzards, hawks, falcons and owls in our bespoke flying arena within Hobbledown heath.

A truly unforgettable experience, perfect for anyone who has a passion for birds of prey!

 

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Half Day Falconry

- No half measures!

 

Minimum age: 16 years old
Price: £96

 

Explore the sport of falconry in depth by flying a variety of our birds, including falcons, buzzards, hawks and owls. You may also see us flying one of our falcons to the lure and have the opportunity to handle and feed our falcons on your glove.

All of this is topped off by going out on a “hawk walk”, where we take a harris hawk out into the fields and surrounding woods within the grounds of Hobbledown Heath. Here, you will have the rare opportunity to watch our stunning hawks in action (and maybe catching quarry, if there’s any about!) and to call them from the trees to your glove.

A tour of the whole centre is also included in this experience.

 

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Woodland Walk and Owl Flying experience

- If you go down to the woods today...

 

Minimum age: 8 years old
Price: £66

 

Experience the true beauty of nature with an amazing walk through the stunning woodlands and meadows of Hobbledown Heath. Joining you on your walk will be one of our Barn Owls, who you will see flying free in their natural environment before calling them onto your gloved hand. A member of our team will be alongside you throughout your experience to answer any questions you may have.

Our Meadow Walk is a truly wonderful gift for those who have an interest in the natural world and would like to get a little more up close and personal with one of our beautiful owls!

 

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Owl Encounter

- Have a hoot!

  

Minimum age: 12 years old
Price: £78

 

If you're passionate about owls, then this is the experience for you! Come and join us for the most magical two hours of your life, where we will be flying a huge variety of owls to your gloved hand - some of which will include our Burrowing, Tawny, Great Grey, Snowy and Eurasian eagle owls (dependent on the time of year).

The owl encounter also includes the incredible “Woodland Walk” – a unique opportunity to fly a Barn owl in the stunning natural woodlands and meadows of Hobbledown Heath.

 

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Shadow a Falconer For the Day

-Be a part of Team Coda!

 
Minimum age: 16 years old
Price: £204

 

Going “backstage” and learning exactly what one of our falconers does throughout the day is what this experience is all about. You will be working alongside our staff throughout the opening hours of the day, and will be help out with all general duties, including cleaning the aviaries, weighing the birds before their public flying displays, food preparation, and general maintenance around the falconry centre!

Then it’s onto practical falconry where you will be taught how to tie the falconer's knot, how to pick up and put down down a bird of prey safely onto a perch, and general bird husbandry and welfare.

When you’ve got to grips with the basics, you can help the Coda Falconry team to fly the birds throughout the day as well as give them the vital exercise that they need in order to maintain good health.

You can also be involved in our public flying demonstrations (if you wish!) where you will use the knowledge you have gained throughout the day and help our falconers fly some of our birds to a public audience for a 30-minute demonstration.

 

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Meet Loki the Raven

- Gwah!

 

Minimum age: 16 years old
Price: £54

 

So many people have been fascinated by the smartest member of our flying team that we thought it was only right to give him his own experience! This is your chance to interact, play with, and be alongside Loki, our beautiful Raven.

Corvids are super intelligent birds and we have been teaching Loki lots of tricks and puzzles to keep his mind sharp, and to study how these incredible birds communicate with each other (and us!)

For 30 minutes, you can be a part of his world. We will give you his favourite food and then, with the help of our falconers, it’s over to you - Loki will jump on your shoulders and interact with you while he shows off his many tricks. This is a great chance to get up close and personal to our largest member of the crow family and to help with his enrichment, socialisation and training.

 

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Beginner Photography Workshop

- Picture perfect!

 

Minimum age: 16 years old
Price: £84

 

A wonderful chance to learn from professional film-makers the basics of DSLR photography, using your own camera and our birds of prey as subjects. In a small group of no more than 8 people, learn about shutter speeds and aperture, depth of field, raw imaging and how lenses and accessories affect the amateur photographer.

Enjoy a laid-back and friendly atmosphere, meet like-minded people and - of course - several varieties of stunning bird of prey. You will be taught how to photograph both static and flying birds of prey so that you can truly master both skills. Forget automatic mode - this is a chance to really learn more about both cameras and birds of prey in a beautiful, natural environment.

 

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Spectator pass

- Bring a pal!

 

Price: £30

 

Do you have someone in mind you'd like alongside you for the duration of your experience? Book an additional 'Spectator pass' on top of your chosen experience day voucher. Your chosen spectator won’t be able to fly the birds, but they can take as many pictures or videos as they like. This is a great opportunity to have a designated photographer for the day!

Includes admission to Hobbledown Heath for the spectator. Limited to one per full experience day guest.

 

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Please read the full Terms and Conditions for all Bird of Prey experiences on Coda Falconry's website.

 

 

Bird of Prey FAQs

 

Do I also have to buy an admission ticket to Hobbledown Heath?

 

No, you do not - Coda Falconry is based within Hobbledown Heath, but all experiences already include admission to the park within their price.

 

What should I do for lunch?

 

Lunch is not included in these packages; however, there are cafe facilities on the site, and you are welcome to bring your own food and drink if you wish.

 

Which experiences are suitable for disabled guests?

 

The following experiences are completely suitable for disabled guests: 1 hour falconry, 2 hour falconry, Shadow a Falconer, Meet Loki the Raven and Beginner Photography Workshop! Other experiences may be unsuitable as they involve walking on uneven, natural land. However, please do contact one of our team if you have a query with regards to suitability, as we can often modify experiences to suit most needs.