A visit to Shropshire Falconry Centre is a wonderfully interactive learning experience offering pupils the opportunity to be immersed in nature for the day. Set in 7 acres of grounds, ranging from woodlands to our grassy meadow. With over 60 birds of prey on site comprised of around 30 different species – from owls to eagles – there is plenty on view, plus wonderful flying demonstrations and keeper’s talks to keep your school group entertained and occupied.
A school visit with us includes:
- All school groups are given an introductory talk on arrival from one of our experienced members of staff. This talk will be tailored to suit the age of pupils in your group and will give an overview of the work we do and the birds and animals that we have in our care.
- Indoor Flying area if weather is poor
- Training Room with seating and TV screens
- Kitchen area and Gift shop
Why not let us visit your school
Education is at the heart of what we do and we know that engaging children at an early age is vital to their understanding of the natural world.
With this in mind we have developed a range of specifically designed talks and displays that will engage a child’s natural curiosity.
Using a range of Birds of Prey and/or Owls, our talks cover both Key Stages on a variety of topics. All talks are designed to be fun, informative, interactive and engaging, no matter what the age group, with specifically designed lesson plans meeting the needs of your schools curriculum. Delivered by qualified and experienced trainers with over 30 years of experience, your children will be fascinated and amazed as our birds glide over their heads, bringing to life the topic being talked about.
The Owl talk includes not just owls, but also other birds of prey to show the children how owls evolved differently from their diurnal counterparts. So what is a Bird of Prey? This talk illustrates the differences between these and other birds. The classic book ‘Kes’ by Barry Hines is one that most of us have encountered. We have designed a talk specifically around this book bringing to life this classic tale and showing how falconry has developed.
For younger audiences we also cover a variety of topics which include ‘Owlets’, ‘Camouflage’, ‘Flight’, ‘Food Chains’ ‘History of Falconry’ and many more. Please ask if there is a specific topic that you would like to be covered and will do our best to accommodate you. Talks last approximately 1 hour and use resources such as owl pellets, feathers, skeletons, and skulls where appropriate.
The size of the group is up to you, but up to 60 children ensures a good experience for all. We will bring in to your school different species of owl which may include: Boobook, Barn, Long Eared and White Faced Owl. Our friendly Kestrel & Harris Hawk may also make an appearance. As well as Schools we are able to provide talks and visits for other institutions and organisations, these include, Brownie/Scout Groups, Women’s Institute, Nursing Homes and Social Clubs to name but a few. Interested? Then give one of our friendly and experienced staff a call today on…………
Georgia Morris had this to say when we visited her school at Apley Wood, Telford…
Shropshire Falconry’s school visits are fantastic! It was a great experience for both the children & staff. Giving the children plenty of opportunities to observe and handle the birds. I was very impressed and the children thoroughly enjoyed the display of the owls flying! Thank you – I would highly recommend.
1 session of about an hour £130, 2x sessions £180, 3x sessions £240,
4x sessions up-to all day workshops £300
Prices may be subject to travel costs. Please contact us for details.
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