Kingsley Falconry is an approved LANTRA Assessment Centre for the Beginning Falconry Award.

The proprietor, Gareth Lord, is an Approved Assessor, and many of it’s staff are Lantra Award holders; testament to their skills in this area.

Assessment can take place by prior arrangement; interested parties should contact the Centre directly.

The award is, however, inegrated into our in- depth five day falconry course, which aims to cover all aspects of falconry for beginners – in much more depth than is required for the Lantra Award.

At first, the unique terminology, equipment and training used in the management of birds of prey might feel a little overwhelming. Our expert staff will guide participants through the various aspects of this pastime; with particular attention being given to the welfare of captive birds of prey.

Falconry is a constant learning process; this course will give participants excellent basic knowledge from which they can safely progress further.

Outline Programme (theory & practical)

Each day 9:30 – 15:00

Day 1

  • Falconer’s knot i.e. securing birds correctly and safely.
  • Picking up: approaching the bird and securing it in the hand.
  • Weighing: concept of weight management, introduction of bird to scales etc. Diet: chicks, rats, quail, mice, rabbits supplements, food preparation, hygiene. Terminology: jargon busting!

Day 2

  • Equipment: introduction to various items plus methods of manufacture. Gloves, bags, baths, perches, swivels, leashes, jessies, anklets, bells. Equipment fitting – tools needed & practical fitting experience.
  • Hawking: practical preparation for a hunting bird of prey.

Day 3

  • Housing: weathering, shed, mews, aviary. Design, materials, construction.
  • Imping: feather structure, number & type, repairing, straightening,hard-penned.
  • Moulting: theory, timing and important considerations during moulting period.

Day 4

  • Training programme: design and implementation. Manning, weight management, tiring, jumping, creance training, flying free.
  • Hunting: game licence, game seasons, permissions.
  • Lost birds: loss avoidance, people to contact, telemetry, ID rings, species selection, choosing species for purpose, IBR.
  • What to look for: feet, feathers, wings, eyes, with parents etc). Sources of birds.

Day 5

  • Health Care: cleaning, disinfectants, parasite diagnosis/treatment, worming, injuries, veterinary care, signs of sickness.
  • Condition assessment: beak shapes, talons, casts, mutes, feet.
  • The law: protected species, A10’s, registation documents, DEFRA, Wildlife & Countryside Act, captive bred & wild birds of prey.
Course summary and conclusion.

Assessment is integrated into the course; a workbook is a requirement for successful completion.

EITHER: book on to an intensive 5 day course or spread the training over 5 days of your choice at week-ends!

Each day 9:30 – 15:00

Course dates:

  • Sat 2nd March 2013 – Weds 6th March 2013
  • Sat 31st Aug – Weds 4th Sept 2013
  • Other dates available according to demand

Cost: £595 including course materials, certificate & refreshments.
Bookings confirmed upon receipt of deposit of £100, outstanding balance due on commencement of course.
For Falconers with experience we can assess and certify you individually. This is approximately 3 hours costing £75.00

Max. no participants per course = 12.
Min. no participants per course = 3. If less than 3; candidates will be offered the 5 day training over 3 weekends.

For further information or bookings please ring 01538 754784 after 6pm or at week ends or go to our Contact us page.



Kingsley Bird and Falconry Centre is open only for booked experiences, check out our pricing page for more info