Birds of Prey in the West Midlands
The Falconry Centre, Hagley houses the most varied collection of flying birds of prey in the West Midlands. We are home to over 80 birds including owls, hawks, buzzards, falcons, eagles, vultures, and caracara. We house over 30 species, ranging from those native to the UK to all over the world.
The Falconry Centre is an independent charity run by small, friendly team of dedicated falconers and volunteers, who all have a passion for birds of prey. Our history with birds of prey extends back over 30 years, so you can be assured of our knowledge and experience.
What We Offer
There is no pre-booking to visit our Centre. Our peaceful and attractive Visitor Centre is open every day from 11:00am until 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm (winter opening times vary Nov-Feb). Our main flying display is at 1pm all year, with a second display at 3:30pm from March to October (weather permitting). Enjoy a stroll around, seeing the birds in the aviaries and learn more about them during the afternoon displays.
These must be booked in advance. Bird Handling Experiences give you the opportunity to get up close and experience the thrill of flying and handling our magnificent birds. You learn about them as the birds fly and land on your gloved hand. We have experiences suitable for children age 6+ and adults, flying everything from owls to eagles.
We have a team of birds that will fly in school halls, offering educational sessions tailored to suit the age group and any relevant areas of study. Led by one of our experienced falconers, a session usually lasts for 50 minutes and features at least 5 birds, from a mixture of kestrels, hawks and owls. Our birds fly in close proximity to the children, who are encouraged to ask questions throughout the sessions.
We are a rehabilitation centre for sick and injured wild birds of prey. Each year we take in approximately 50 birds of prey found and brought to us by members of the public, vets and rescue centres. We feed, treat, care for and release these birds back into the wild.