We have been waiting for this excitedly since Valentine’s day, and finally the day is here! We ramble our way across a grassy, windswept field to find ourselves being drawn in my the cries and squawks from our impatient flyers…
“S&D Falconry offer a flock of avian experiences at locations across Warwickshire. The centre is home to falcons, owls and hawks, some of whom are available to act as ring bearers for weddings. The business arranges falconry sessions and owl walks, and also offers wildlife photography courses.” [source]
Our swoop down to the grounds of Stratford Manor to meet a variety of birds of prey with S&D Falconry was a fantastic experience.
Our two-hour session allowed us to encounter five birds of prey, including: a Barn Owl, a Harris Hawk, a Great Horned Owl, a Peregrine Falcon, and a Kestrel. During our session we handled the birds, flew them to our gloves, watched as they demonstrated incredible flying feats, and learned all about the history of the birds from falconers, Stephen and Debbie. I really enjoyed how knowledgeable both owners were, and the amount of care for their birds was clearly validated in their handling. It was a fascinating dip into a world I did not know very much about, and I am really grateful for this learning journey.
Happy Valentine’s Day Stuart
Did you know? Falconry is the ancient art of taking wild prey with a trained Bird of Prey. Originally, Falconry was the traditional art of using Birds of Prey to catch food for the table.
S&D Falconry at a glance…
Flexible upon your booking.
Closed on Mondays.
Address: Stratford Manor Q Hotel, Warwick Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 0PY or use Google Maps here.
Experiences are weather dependent, and if cancelled booking will be rescheduled.
Children must be 12 or older to attend, and under 16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear suitable shoes for walking! as the site is located in a rural field outside the hotel. This site is not accessible for those that are unable to walk across rough terrain.
Restaurant, cafe, and toilets are available on site within the hotel, as well as numerous other hotel facilities which can be used for additional fees.