A staple of Robin Hill’s daily entertainment, the falconry displays are a firm favourite with guests all year round and you can now visit our resident birds of prey in their brand-new home.
These exciting displays include guest interaction with the birds, with owls and Harris hawks flying right over audiences’ heads! Take your seats at the outdoor arena and enjoy an exhilarating display as the knowledgeable team provide a wealth of insight into the birds and their habits.
Between displays, Charlie and his team are on-hand to provide meet and greet opportunities. If you want to learn more about the majestic birds of prey, stop by and have a chat!
Here at Robin Hill, we have a team of fantastic display birds, each with their own quirks and personalities. We look after a variety of species including falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls.
Find out more about some of the star birds you could meet during your visit below.
Daily: 11:30am & 2:45pm, with additional displays at 1.15pm during weekends and school holidays.
Our daily displays are included free with all standard park admission tickets and take place at the Falconry Display Area (10 on the park map)!
More displays may take place during peak periods. Please check event-specific information for more details.
New for 2022 – Falconry Centre
Set in the beautiful tranquillity of Robin Hill’s peaceful woodland, you’ll have the chance to walk through 28 purpose-built aviaries which have been lovingly built by the in-park team, with the wellbeing of the birds at the forefront of the project.
Looked after by Head Falconer, Charlie, you’ll have the chance to meet the charismatic bird team, spanning 16 species, within their comfortable new setting before their impressive displays!
During these daily displays, you’ll experience the magnificent birds flying low above the crowd whilst learning all about their unique personalities and what life would be like for them in the wild.
Between displays, Charlie and his team are on-hand to answer all your questions. If you want to learn more about the majestic birds of prey, stop by and have a chat!
Visitor Access Advice
Our falconry Experience Centre complex is nestled in some beautiful woodland within Robin Hill’s downland park. Access from the top of the park is steep, and guests with accessibility requirements will benefit from entering the complex via the display arena, or lower woodland entrance.
Please note; Sorry, no dogs are permitted in our falconry expereince centre, or on any experiences we provide.
Meet the team
The new Falconry Centre is home to a fantastic team of birds of prey, each with their own quirks and personalities. We look after a variety of species including falcons, hawks, eagles, and owls. Let’s take a look at a few that you’re likely to meet during your next visit…
Chief – White Tailed Sea Eagle
Chief is still a baby bird, though he might not look it! As Sea Eagles are the UK’s largest bird of prey, Chief weighs in at a whopping 9.2lbs with a huge wingspan of 7.5ft!
Despite being native to the UK, Sea Eagles were wiped out approximately 200 years ago and there’s now an on-going re-introduction project taking place to return wild birds back to the UK and the Isle of Wight specifically.
Find out more about Chief and his training journey by joining our online Facebook group, Spread Your Wings.
Pip – Barn Owl
Pip is very affectionate and would actively look to sit with you; preferably on your lap rather than your glove. In the wild, Pip’s survival would depend on her amazing powers of super hearing and scientists say that in completely still conditions she can hear a mouse’s heartbeat from 3 meters away!
♥ – Being close to Charlie
Diesel – Turkey Vulture
Recognised by his featherless red head (much like a turkey), Diesel can easily be spotted when he displays his long wingspan performing the heraldic pose. With Diesel’s incredible sense of smell, he can trace a piece of meat down to the size of an average steak from over a mile away. Be careful when you compliment him as turkey vultures actually turn a deeper shade of red when they blush!
♥ – Sunbathing in his heraldic pose.
Baldrick – Harris Hawk
Our handsome Baldrick certainly is a crowd pleaser! No matter where he is, he’ll always display to the best of his ability. Harris Hawks are known as the 4th most intelligent bird of prey in the world, and have incredible eyesight, of which is eight times stronger than that of humans. They don’t say ‘eyes like a hawk’ for nothing!
♥ – Being the centre of attention.