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Half Day Bird of Prey Experience - Devon

Attention Devon nature lovers! This experience gives you the opportunity to handle and fly a range of Falcons, Kestrels and Owls during one unforgettable half day!

Price for 1 participant

This half day falconry experience is a fascinating introduction to the world of Falconry, and a superb way to really get up close, personal, and hands-on with a range of stunning and mysterious birds of prey. If these majestic creatures interest you or someone you know, this may just be the perfect experience gift! 

This bird of prey experience begins at the Devon centre with an introduction to the practice of falconry, the centre, and of course the many birds of prey who call it home. After you've had a good look at the centre and the birds, you'll be provided with some protective wear and briefed on how to handle the birds - then it's time to get hands-on! You'll spend the next portion of your falconry experience actually handling and flying a selection of the centre's incredible inhabitants. Your falconer guides are incredibly knowledgeable and are happy to answer any questions you have, so make sure you ask if there's anything you want to there surely will be! The experience lasts for two and a half hours, with a morning and an afternoon slot available to choose from - and depending on which you choose, you can come early or stay late to watch the birds flying.

This is a thorough and totally fascinating introduction to falconry and birds of prey, in a beautiful centre in Devon - so if you know anyone who might like to learn about these fabulous feathered friends, this may just be their perfect experience gift! 

Minimum Age: 7 years
Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult, paying the £10.00 spectator fee.

Please note that dogs will not be allowed on site.
This Half Day Experience will last for approximately 2 and a half hours, with either a morning start time of 10:00 or afternoon start time of 13:30.
Maximum group size: 10 participants

Participants for the morning slots are welcome to spend the rest of the afternoon at the centre, if they so wish. Participants for the afternoon session may arrive any time after 11am, to enjoy the facilities and watch the birds fly.

Spectators may wish to accompany participants on the day - they will simply need to pay a £10.00 admission fee (per person), upon arrival. 

There are hot and cold food and refreshment facilities on site.
The Half Day experience is bookable throughout the year.
Weds-Sat (winter)
Weds-Sun (summer)

Half day experiences usually start at 13:30 and finish at around 16:00.

*This experience will not be available in December 2016 due to a Bird Flu warning restriction.
This Bird of Prey Experience will take place both indoors and outdoors, so please dress according to the weather and be advised that the Falconry shed can be quite chilly.
Sturdy, comfortable footwear is important.
The Half Day Bird of Prey Experience will run in showers, however if the experience is called off due to adverse weather conditions the centre will re-schedule your experience day.

You will need to contact the centre 48 hours before the experience is due to take place, in order to confirm that it will still be going ahead.
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Expert Interview: Yarak Birds of Prey

We're very pleased to be able to announce a new addition to the ever-expending selection of Bird of Prey and Falconry experience days available on our website...Yarak Birds of Prey, in Devon. I decided to catch up with John - falconry extraordinaire - to find out some exclusive, inside scoop, just for you lovely readers! Check out my interview below...

Barn Owl2bHi John, could you start by explaining a little about the history of Yarak Birds of Prey? Where did an interest in the industry stem from?

The interest came from my Grandfather who kept and hunted birds of prey. I have taught falconry courses for many years and in 1997 decided to open a private centre for enthusiasts.

Yarak was moved from Oxfordshire to its present location in Devon. The centre mainly focuses on experience days for people wanting to handle and fly birds themselves.  We are now also open to the public to come and see our birds fly.

falcon4And where does the name “Yarak” originate from?

Yarak is a falconry term derived from Persian and means “super alert, hungry but not weak, and ready to hunt.”

Owl 1Well there’s something we didn’t know! So tell me…how did a passion for wildlife turn into a career?

I have been a falconer for many years and turning it into a business was a natural thing to do.

Owl 6bDo you have any exclusive information you can share with us?

Yarak is going from strength to strength and caters for all ages. We are well connected to schools and colleges and run educational days for them where children of all ages can learn about raptors in the wild.

We are running Owl evenings where people can come and experience how these birds use silent flight to hunt and also how they are able to fly during darkness.

These are being held on the following dates in the evening, from 6pm – 8pm: August 15th, October 31st and December 19th.

falcon3What makes your experiences unique and special for customers?

The difference between our experiences and other centres is that most other centres are attached to theme parks so customers and birds have to put up with all sorts of things happening around them. Yarak is a rural stand-alone centre that exclusively concentrates just on Raptors and our customers. Here our customers are treated as individuals on a first name basis - unlike theme park centres where they are really just a £ sign!

And is there a particular crowd-pleaser?

All of our birds are popular with our guests but more so the Owls, as people find them intriguing – the fact that they can fly silently and the ability they have in their head movements.

falcon6What’s your most frequently asked question from customers?

The most frequently asked questions are usually : How do you get them to come back to you?

Are they hard to manage if you wanted to own one?

Do they make good pets?

…if you want to find out the answers to these common questions, then we’d suggest you get yourself down to Yarak Bird of Prey centre, to find out! You can check out their awesome Full Day, Half Day, and Owl experiences online and purchase a voucher or two for your wildlife-loving friends on our site - you won't be disappointed!

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