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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.