Spend a full day with a professional falconer, handling and flying a range of Falcons, Kestrels and Owls with this fantastic experience in Devon.
- Cullompton (Devon)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
This is the ultimate bird of prey day for serious nature lovers
in Devon. Spend hours at a fantastic bird of prey centre in the
company of a professional falconer, and plenty of beautiful
raptors, of course! This is a fun and thorough introduction to
these gorgeous birds, and how humans have learnt to work alongside
This full day of raptor rapture begins with a warm welcome to the centre, nestled in a beautiful and peaceful corner of Devon. The day begins at 10:15am, with an introduction to the falconers, the centre, and of course those lovely birds! You'll have plenty of time to really get to know the birds of prey at the centre - not just the traits and habits of each species, but the personality of each bird too. You'll have the rare chance to meet owls, hawks, falcons and eagles - all during this one fascinating experience. The full day bird of prey encounter offers you the opportunity to get plenty of hands-on time with them - handling them, flying them, and appreciating their incredible speed, strength and skill. Your guide and falconer for the day is a true expert, and will be able to answer any questions you might have about the birds, so feel free to ask anything! You'll have a lunch break during the day - this can be purchased from the on-site cafe.
For bird and nature lovers alike, there really couldn't be a better gift. So if you're looking for something really special for a friend or family member with a love for animals, this Full Day Bird of Prey Experience in Devon is the perfect thing!
The full day experience is available throughout the year, and is run on Wednesdays - Saturdays (subject to availability).
Please be aware that weekends tend to be busier, so bookings will need to be made with as much notice as possible.
*This experience will not be available from December 2016 to mid March 2017 due to a Bird Flu warning restriction.
The centre is due to re open on 15th March 2017.
Minimum Age: 7 years
Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult, paying the £20.00 spectator fee.Unfortunately, dogs will not be allowed on site.
Experience Duration: 06:00
Time at Venue: 06:00
This Full Day combined Bird of Prey Encounter will last for approximately 6 hours, with a break for lunch which can be purchased from the onsite catering facilities.
The experience will start at 10:15 and finish at approximately 16:00.
Participants: The Full Day Bird of Prey Experience - Devon is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: +10
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Average Group Size: 10 participantsSpectators may accompany participants on the experience for a fee of £20.00 which can be paid upon arrival at the centre - they are welcome to take as many photos and videos as they like throughout the day.
Please dress according to the weather - you will be both indoors and outdoors for long periods of time, so comfortable and sturdy footwear is essential.
Any safety equipment will be provided by the centre.
The bird of prey experiences will not run in adverse/extreme wet weather conditions. If your experience is cancelled due to the weather, the centre will re-schedule your booking for an alternative date.
You will need to contact the centre 48 hours before your experience is due to take place, in order to check if it is running.
With one participant and one observer we both had a great time. All the staff are great and we learnt so much. We would definitely visit again. It's in a fabulous place, very picturesque. All the birds are amazing and beautiful.
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…
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.
And 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.”
Well 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.
Do 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.
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.
What’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!