3 hour Hawk Walk plus
This is a chance to get behind the scenes. Especially suitable for someone who has already been on the 60 minute walk. We meet at my home in North Molton, and for the next 30 minutes, you help me prepare for the walk. This includes taking the birds out of their aviaries, ( thus getting a chance to see where they live) and weighing them, checking them and their equipment.
Then we prepare the food that we'll be taking with us to feed them ( not for the faint hearted, but not compulsory).
Then it's off on a walk with them for an hour and a half. Back home, and reverse the procedure. A really good way to see the practical side of falconry and what is involved in keeping a bird of prey.
ON THE WALK
Make sure you have suitable footwear for walking on grass and mud, as well as long-sleeved shirts or jackets. I will provide suitable falconry gloves. The hawks do not welcome dogs, no matter how well behaved, so if you have one he/she will have to stay in the car.
Falconry is weather dependent. If I decide that the weather is too rough for the birds, we will postpone until another mutually agreeable date. Sometimes I can do this a couple of days before, sometimes it is a decision that has to be made on the day.
The birds are animals, not machines and sometimes they will have off days, just like the rest of us. Again, if the bird decides not to play, or goes off on a mission after a pheasant, we will have to abandon the walk. If it is not possible to arrange another date, I will give a refund.
I always ask for payment in advance. Contact me by email and I will give you bank details for a transfer. As soon as the transfer is done, you'll be booked in.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can we bring a dog with us?
No, sorry. The hawks don't like strange dogs.
Is there a lot of walking involved?
On the hour walk, no. It takes place on a slope and we can make it as tiring as you like ( useful if your party has small children with excess energy), or we can take it easy. Up to you.
Do we get to hold the hawk?
Yes, that's what it's all about. You will learn about falconry by doing it.
Is there an age limit?
No, attention span is more important. If the little darling is getting bored and restive and likely to be a risk to themselves, or more importantly, the hawk, then it's time to stop. To be fair, most kids are utterly fascinated by the hawks.
Are you insured?
Yes, £6 million of public liability insurance. Expensive for us, reassuring for you.
What if there are more than four of us?
That will be an extra £15 for each additional person. Prices for large groups by arrangement.
What if there are less than four of us?
Still £65 or £95, I'm afraid, depending upon which walk you've chosen.