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“Another interesting visit”

Falconry UK Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species.Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful arena. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.We also provide falconry experience days for both adults and children, experiences days start from £30..
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Thanks to all at the Bird of Prey centre for another informative display & a most enjoyable day. The love for the birds is so obvious, the team are always friendly & happy to talk. We will be back.

Thank dollshousemary
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We visited this wonderful Birds Of Prey Center recently. The staff were welcoming, friendly and informative. The facilities were very well suited to all age groups. The birds flying display lasted 45 minutes and the lady provided information about the birds, in an engaging manner, and the birds appeared happy and well cared for. It was a great visit and I would highly recommend.

Thank Sarah D
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

a good variety of birds of which you can get close up to photograph and the display is fascinating and just wonderful to watch.

Thank mrGYorks
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Visited yesterday after receiving vouchers for an experience as a gift. Got to handle and fly numerous Owls, all very different in their own way with great character. The staff Colin, Kerry and Dave were amazing with us and you can see how much passion they put into their work.
Me and my wife will definitely look to attend next year after reopening.
Enjoy your winter break guys!

Thank pucksy
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

me and a friend went to see birds of prey & shoot some video, two members of staff ( or owners ) took exeption in that we had big video cams + tripods, thought we were pros taking footage to make money out of it, nothing could be further from the truth, we were asked to stop videoing, said we were agitating the birds? they were quite off handed with us ( though we did get a refund ) it's just the atitude they had towards us, all we wanted was to enjoy the day, wont be going again.

Thank jonj05
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falconryuk, Owner at Falconry UK Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you for your review of our visitor attraction, unfortunately we remember your visit well as on your arrival at reception you thrusted some sort of ID card towards a member of staff and asked for a concession ticket having blocked the entrance with two very large bags that consequently contained two large commercial type video cameras and what they presumed to be two tripods that Professional film crews used (the only thing missing was the Director’s Chair). They asked what was the intention of your visit as for all they knew you could have been in the wrong film location as we did not have any planned filming booked in for that day.
They managed to ascertain that your intention was to just film some of our birds, the explanation was very brief and not really telling them anything which raised suspicions as two large film cameras on tripods was not the normal type of cameras our visitors bring with them. You were asked if you could read our photography policy (which has now been amended following your visit as we are more than happy for photos capturing visit memories to be taken on reasonable equipment) which you did. You obviously were not interested in the aviary birds as you went straight to the Eagle lawn and set up both sets of equipment right against the safety barrier and started filming, you were oblivious to the birds that where agitated and unsettled by your equipment but you carried on filming regardless, your presence was off putting to the staff running the experience day who had concerns for the birds that were unaccustomed to such equipment being in such close proximity to them and our visitors privacy, so yes we did ask you to remove your equipment from the Centre due to the agitation it was causing to our birds and the trip hazard it presented, at our Centre we pride ourselves on having a good blocked paved pathway to all areas but on this occasion your equipment blocked the pathway causing a lady with two young babies in a pram having to venture onto the wet grassed area, we don’t believe the staff member was off handed with you as you were politely asked to remove the equipment back to your vehicle and if you wanted to leave we would offer a full refund, in the thirty minutes that you were in the Centre your presence had upset both the staff and the birds.
Coincidently a gentleman visited the Centre later the same day with a video camera and caused no concern at all to either staff or birds.
Perhaps if you had contacted the Centre prior to your visit with a proper explanation of what images you wanted and to what use they were for and any supporting evidence or club membership then we may have been able to accommodate your filming on a day when the staff were free to escort you around to ensure that our customers were safe from your equipment and that the birds felt safe whilst filming took place,
Sorry if you thought the staff member was off handed with you but our birds welfare and our visitors privacy and safety is our priority your equipment was causing them concern so we needed to elevate that immediately.

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