Things to Do in Skipton
Hunting Days with Hawks
A hawk is an intelligent bird of prey, known particularly for their sharp vision and hunting ability. It is due to these characteristics that hawks have been used for hunting for centuries. At the Coniston Falconry Centre you can witness these distinctive characteristics first hand, spending the day hunting on the grounds of The Coniston Country Estate in Skipton.
The hunting day will start at the hotel, where you can enjoy a bacon sandwich and tea or coffee before being welcomed by a professional falconer at the Falconry Centre.
The falconer shall give you a guided tour of the centre and an introduction to the birds homed there. He will also run through some basic bird handling and safety issues for the day.
You shall then be taken onto the estate to witness the hawks at their most spectacular! The emphasis of the morning will be on interaction between you and the hawks, in depth information on falconry techniques and bird handling, as well as raptor biology, physiology and psychology, hunting strategies of wild raptors and captive breeding.
The morning hunting trip will be spent in pursuit of pheasant with the hawks. After a hot lunch back at the Coniston Hotel restaurant, the afternoon will be spent on different section of the estate where you will see the hawk pit their wits against their age old quarry - the rabbit. The rabbit warrens are situated in the middle of open ground, ensuring, with the help of our ferrets, some long and exciting flights.
Limited dates are available to ensure that the estate is not over pursued.
For further information regarding Hunting Days with Hawks in the Yorkshire Dales please call 01748 900 420 and quote DB034.
The Hunting Days with Hawks starts at 9.00am and finishes at 4.30pm
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