Birds of prey are fascinating creatures and getting up close and personal to them is a dream opportunity for many people, young and old alike.
Although falconry displays offer the chance to see these wonderful birds working under the guidance of an experienced handler, there is something to be said for going that step further and flying them for yourself. Thankfully, wild birds of prey can be handled in a much more exhilarating way at Bovey Castle, in the heart of the dramatic landscape of Dartmoor.
Falconry Experience England
Among the top destinations in the UK for wild birds of prey, the team at Bovey Castle offer a falconry experience England visitors can enjoy at any time of the year. A truly hands-on falconry session is on offer which runs over the course of a morning or an afternoon for something in the region of a three hour period. A typical session will commence with an introduction to the various types of birds of prey that can be handled and flown. Clients will subsequently gain experience of flying owls and working with falcons, one of the fastest wild birds of prey in Devon. The thrill of a falcon hurtling towards you at up to 100 miles per hour is something to behold! However, the action does not stop there because the highlight of the experience is yet to come… The majestic eagle is a bird of prey that is also available during the experience. Flying the most iconic of all hunting birds makes a falconry experience Devon bound visitors can truly enjoy as something that is a cut above the norm.
The Natural Surroundings
Well-known for its often bleak beauty, Dartmoor is the perfect place to learn how to handle and fly wild birds of prey in Devon. Bovey Castle is also home to a stunning and naturalistic championship golf course which has a river running through its frequently challenging holes. As such, the short walk between the falconry centre and the hotel located at Bovey Castle is a joy. Why not book a superb experience that you will never forget when you happen to be in such great surroundings? After all, the chance to wear a handler’s gauntlet and to feed and fly raptors under the guidance of experts in a perfect natural environment does not come about every day.
Combining Your Falconry Experience Devon
After a face-to-face encounter with a beautiful bird of prey, what could be better than relaxing at Bovey Castle’s premier spa facilities or taking in a round of golf? The hotel is equipped with a number of places to eat, including a sumptuous à-la-carte restaurant, and a charming bar. Set in one of the country’s most stunning National Parks, the hotel has 60 rooms and – as you might expect of a country pursuits hotel – it is dog friendly. Newly refurbished, Bovey Castle has a grand country manor feel and the guest rooms have been individually decorated to complement that sensation for its many satisfied visitors.
Would you like to meet our resident birds of prey? Book this activity.