About Us

Frequently Asked Questions

Please read through the relevent frequently asked questions below.
It will give you a good idea of what to expect on your experience day and what you need to bring with you.

General Questions

Can I turn up to Mentmore Falconry without prior booking?
Mentmore Falconry is a private centre and all experiences must be pre-booked.
Will we be able to pet or stroke the birds?
Sadly not. Although all our birds are captive bred and used to being around people, they are still wild animals, rather than household pets like cats or dogs. Being touched can be a highly upsetting and stressful experience for them, and can damage the waterproof abilities of their plumage.

Just because you may have been offered the chance to do it elsewhere does not mean that it is okay to do. There are, however, plenty of chances to handle the birds on a glove, up close in a safe and stress-free way. The welfare of our animals must always come first.
Can you guarantee how the birds will behave?
Although both our birds and falconer are well trained and used to working with guests, our birds are not machines, and they can sometimes behave unexpectedly. We cannot be held responsible for uncooperative birds, but we will always endeavor to ensure that you enjoy the experience as much as possible.
I have questions or concerns about the birds welfare...
All our birds are legally held, bred in captivity and are in great condition physically and mentally. Each bird is registered with the relevant authorities, and if required, holds the appropriate certificate for public display and commercial use.

All the equipment we use meets the best practice recognised throughout the international falconry community. Equipment is maintained daily and changed regularly to insure comfort and care to the birds.

The mental and physical well-being of our birds will always come first. They are flown free regularly, in a variety of locations. Where appropriate, some birds also have the chance to hunt as they would in the wild.
Do you have public liability insurance?
Yes we carry full public liability insurance, as well as risk assessments, a performing animals licence, and an animal transport licence.
All are available on request to give you complete piece of mind.
Can I bring my own dog on the experience?
Although some of our birds are used to working with specialist dogs, we do not allow guests to bring their own pet dogs. This is for the safety of both the dog and the birds.

Hunting Days

What should I wear?
Our hunting days take place through Autumn and Winter so please dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions. Please avoid bright coloured clothing. Think "smart countrywear" if possible.
Sensible, warm trousers and appropriate footwear will make the difference in having a comfortable day. Please avoid yard/mucking out boots and trainers as they do not give great support for your feet. Walking boots, wellies or similar is advised.
What can I expect from a hunting day?
A hunting day consists of us taking hawks or falcons out across the Estate in search of their "quarry" (prey). Our birds are allowed to hunt as they would in the wild, under guidance from a falconer. You will be handling and flying the birds, learning how to help them hunt successfully. All our hunting activities run within UK laws regarding falconry and game seasons.
I don't like the idea of a hunting with birds of prey!
We believe it is very important to allow our raptors to exhibit their natural behaviours as much as possible. Although some birds may be content to fly to guests for easy pieces of food, some of our birds have a natural prey drive which should be allowed to flourish for the benefit of their mental well-being.

If hunting with birds of prey is not for you, then why not come on one of our experience days instead.

Courses and Workshops

What is Raptor Awards?
The Raptor Awards network is the only fully quality assured group of training providers working in the UK and beyond. By engaging with Raptor Award's specialist providers you can be assured of quality mentoring and training based on standards devised by some of the world's best expert keepers and veterinary specialists.

Programmes include basic training courses for those who wish to keep birds of prey, through to specialist professional courses for individuals who want to develop a full-time career or business. Raptor Awards maintains a strict quality control process incorporating the principles of ISO 9001 - your assurance of good service from the scheme and provider network.
How long will it take me to complete the Award?
Not everyone learns at the same speed. You will complete the course once you are deemed competant. Those taking a five day course will be offered further time if they are not ready to complete it within the time span of teaching. We do not sign anyone off until they are ready.
Do you take on volunteers?
Yes. You can read more about what it involves here and then drop us a message if you are still interested.

Booking With Us

How do I book an experience with you?
You can book online via the Book Now page, or you can phone us directly and we can take payment over the phone.
How do I re-arrange a booking?
Bookings may be re-arranged up to 1 week before your experience. Email or phone us to re-arrange your visit.
What happens if my experience is re-arranged due to bad weather?
Occasionally the weather gets too windy or wet for our birds to fly in. We simply cannot risk the well-being of our birds so we may be forced to re-arrange your booking.

If this happens, we will ring you and you can choose a new date to visit us.
What is the cancellation policy?
  • No refund will be provided for cancellations made less than one day in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 75% applies for cancellations made less than one week in advance.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made 2 or more weeks in advance.
I have special requirements for my experience...
If you have any particular requirements that we need to be made aware of please email or phone us with as much advance warning as possible.

Experience Days

What should I wear?
Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear sensible shoes. Please avoid bright coloured clothing if possible.
Is there anything else I need to bring with me?
All equipment is provided, but you may wish to bring a camera.
What can I expect from an experience day?
These experiences are a chance to get up close with a variety of native and non-native raptors. All our experience days are private - we don't mix multiple groups of people. You will be flying and handling the raptors and learning more about the species with guidance from an experienced falconer. There is plenty of chance to ask questions and take photos throughout your experience.

Field Meets

Which birds is the land suitable for?
We have suitable land for hawks, falcons and eagles with a wide variety of quarry to match. Please get in touch to discuss your exact requirements.
Code of Conduct
By attending our Meets you agree to follow our Code of Conduct - for the safety of yourselves, your birds and those around you.

You can read the full document here:
Code of Conduct

Any questions, please get in contact with us asap, before the Meet takes place.
I am not part of a club. Can I book a Meet with my friends?
Absolutely! Please get in touch and we can sort out your exact requirements. All meets are guided by Mentmore Staff.