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Robin Hill Falconry

Displays: 11.30am & 2.45pm

Come & meet Charlie, our resident falconer who is joined by Luke and the rest of the team who bring the park a contemporary, breathtaking falconry experience!

Displays will include visitor interactions with the birds, including big owls & Harris hawks flying over audiences. Between shows, our teams will be roaming the park with birds of prey for customers to meet within the park.

Charlie and his team are a friendly group who are keen to answer all sorts of questions about the birds.

Here at the falconry, we have some fantastic birds each with their own individual quirks and personalities. We look after a variety of different species of birds from Falcons, Hawks, Eagles, and Owls. Some of our ‘Star Birds’ are shown below; these each can be seen in our shows throughout the summer.

Owl Shows

These intimate and exciting owl displays take place at 1.15pm every day.

Please note :

  • not all birds will be on display everyday and some special new arrivals may appear through the year
  • the displays may be cancelled in very windy or wet weather, so please check on arrival if the weather is bad.

For further information on South Coast Falconry and their private experiences check out their website; http://southcoastfalconry.co.uk/

Star Birds

Pip the Barn Owl born in 2016, has human-like qualities and is very affectionate towards people, Pip would actively look to sit with you and would rather sit on your lap rather then your glove (almost like a puppy). Barn owl’s survival depends on its amazing powers of super hearing which are the best in the animal kingdom! Scientists say that in completely still conditions they can hear a mouse’s heartbeat from 3 meters away! Barn owls typically hunt for tiny field voles, shrews or wood mice which often come out at night.

Diesel our Turkey Vulture born in 2018, recognised by his featherless red head (much like a turkey!) Diesel can easily be spotted when he displays his long wingspan and when performing the heraldic pose. This pose in the wild not only warms the turkey vulture up, but it also burns off any parasites he may have. With Diesel’s incredible sense of smell, he can trace a piece of meat up to the size of an average steak from over a mile away. Turkey Vultures turn redder when they blush!

There’s no doubt that Baldrick the Harris Hawk is a crowd pleaser! No matter where you are, Baldrick will always display to the best of his ability. Harris Hawks are the 4th most intelligent bird of prey in the World, they hunt in a team! The hunting style of these Harris Hawks is especially effective with units of five, this makes it easier to catch larger rodents that wouldn’t normally be caught with one hawk. They are also known for their incredible eyesight, of which is up to eight times stronger than that of humans, they don’t say ‘eyes like a hawk’ for nothing!

Fergus our Ferruginous buzzard originates from north America, 2017, normally hunt on their own during the summer months, throughout winter they are known to hunt in groups of 5-10. Ferruginous buzzards have adapted slightly to what they used to be as when bison roamed the west ferruginous buzzards used to make nests out of their bones. Fergus is not the brightest bird of the bunch and tends to be a little dopy. Although his lovable character makes him a firm favourite with the team and is definitely one of our standout birds!

Born in 2019, Bramble, the Tawny Owl is quite the character. Don’t be fooled by his fluffy and charming appearance as Bramble is highly mischievous! He loves to cause trouble in a fun and playful way! Tawny Owls feed on small animals such as voles and mice, hunting for them whilst sitting on their favourite perch. Like other owls, Tawny owls can turn their head through 270 degrees meaning they can look behind them. Tawny owls can be found in their natural habitats which can be anywhere from Farmland, woodland even to towns and gardens!

Patrick the Peregrine Falcon is our oldest bird (born in 2006), but that doesn’t mean he can’t fly, Patrick reaches amazing heights in our displays! The highest we have recorded Patrick fly is a whopping 3,970 ft which is equivalent to 14 football pitches! Although Patrick is obviously quite the athlete, he has a very laid-back nature and is easy going when it comes to day to day life. In the wild Patricks main source of food would be pigeons however like all our birds we feed him chicken, quail, rats, mice, rabbits and pheasants.

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