Volunteers are a vital part of any team who are caring for and working with animals. There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done and the list of jobs can be never ending!
The most important thing to understand is that most work with birds of prey does not involve handling the birds - as even for the falconers, there is a lot more to the day than just flying birds!
Anyone who is passionate about working around birds of prey will get a lot of satisfaction from volunteering. All our birds have unique personalities and needs, and there is a lot of reward in helping to maintain them and their environment.
For volunteers who prove themselves to be reliable and capable there is chance for bird handling and flying. This is dependant on the availability of the falconer to supervise, as well as the availability of the birds after they have flown with our guests. For committed, regular volunteers we offer the chance to complete Raptor Awards courses to help further learning and add value to the time and energy they give.
The Work Involved
The jobs you can expect to be helping with include all aspects of the daily centre routines:
This includes cleaning and maintaining aviaries and work rooms, providing and refilling baths, preparing food (which is all raw meat), creating enrichment activities for the birds, gardening, painting and much more!
Through the spring and summer months you will find yourself mostly around the centre, as we focus on our breeding project and providing experience days. Through the autumn and winter there is more chance to get out on the estate as our focus turns to our hunting birds and field meets.
Due to the nature of the work involved we do ask the following: