Get close to a bird of prey.
"Where do we meet ?"
For the £45 hour-long walk we meet at the Riverside Caravan and Camping Park . Post code is EX36 3HQ. It is just off the A361 North Devon Link Road which runs between Barnstaple and Tiverton. Take the turning to North Molton, and the Park is the first turning ( about 20 yards) on your right.
It is aprox one mile from the centre of South Molton and two miles from North Molton.
We cannot fly here during August or other Bank Holidays.
For the £85, 90 minute walk, which takes place a few miles outside North Molton and in the depths of the countryside, we meet at the Poltimore Inn North Molton, EX36 3HR. 01598 740338.
For the £85, 90 minute walk at the Westermill Farm Camp Site, Exford, we meet at the Exmoor White Horse Inn, Exford, Exmoor National Park, West Somerset, TA24 7PY. 01643 831229.
No, sorry. Harris Hawks are famous for not liking strange dogs. However, you can leave the dog in the car, as we will never be more than a short walk away.
"Can I take photos/videos?"
Please do. The hawks are not in the least camera shy and I'm always looking for new photos, and especially videos, to put on the website/blog/facebook etc.
"What if there is more than four of us?"
Then you pay an extra tenner per person.
"What if there is less than four of us?"
Still costs the prices quoted above, I'm afraid. That's the minimum price and when you look at what others charge for something similar ( not that there is much similar to what we do), you'll appreciate what good value it is.
"I'm not very mobile, how much walking is there?"
As much, or as little, as you like. If you have mobility problems, let me know and I'll make sure we go to to the right bit of land.
"I'm a bit scared of birds. Do I have to get right up close to them?"
No. I can arrange things so that you can be just as close as you are happy with. I've had three customers, over the years, with full-blown phobias of birds. At the end of their hour, each posed for a photo with Lady Macbeth sitting on their fist. The trick is to take it easy and not pressure people into getting closer than they can cope with.
"What else is there to do?"
Exmoor is famous for walking and scenery. So get the kids out of the car, make 'em walk up a hill, then buy them a cream tea as a reward. South Molton is the nearest place of any size, for the £45 and £85 walks but be warned that it shuts on Saturday and Wednesday afternoons. And Sunday. And some shops shut on Monday.
Quaint, ain't it ?
Basically, no. If the hawks had been trained to hunt small birds ( they haven't), then they might be a danger to them.
If the hawks were always flown throughout the time that smaller birds were building nests then that might scare them away, but they aren't.
Also, we use Harris Hawks which are not designed by nature to prey upon smaller birds. That what Sparrowhawks and falcons are for !
Get close to a bird of prey. A practical, hands-on introduction to falconry on Exmoor in Devon. You fly the bird, you are the falconer. Only £40 for a group of four people, in total. You won't get better value.
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