National Falconry School

Falconry, Ferrets, Owls and Other Animal Experiences

Our plight

We are always extremely grateful to all our sponsors. 

We have created the opportunity to sponsor any of our birds or, if you prefer to offer more general support, we have funding pages on facebook and at where you can make a donation.

If you would like to ensure we get the maximum benefit from your donation, and all your money comes to us rather than pay the fees involved with PayPal and GoFundMe, we would welcome donations directly to our business account (details below).  If you mark your payment as DONATION, all such monies are zero rated for VAT, saving us yet more money.

Sponsorship Facebook Donations Go Fund Me

bank details

Account Name – James McKay Associates
Account Number – 28991678
Sort Code – 05-03-68
Reference - DONATION

The National Falconry School is an organisation that exists to promote the conservation, through education, of raptors (i.e. birds of prey and owls).  We have an enviable reputation among those in the know, and have supplied owls for the Harry Potter films, having been recommended to Warner Brothers.

The School runs courses and encounter days for those who share our fascination and passion for owls, falcons, hawks eagles and other raptors.


James McKay with a Harris Hawk

The Man

The man behind the National Falconry School is our director, zoologist James McKay, former C.E.O. of the UK’s National Federation of Zoos, and a scientific fellow of the Zoological Society of London.

James has kept and flown raptors since the tender age of eleven.  All of James’ staff are also competent and experienced falconers/animal handlers, and hold relevant qualifications.

Vouchers - the ideal gift!

If you are looking for that unusual present, why not consider a voucher for one of our activity days or courses?

Decide what event you are interested in and then contact us to get your voucher.

Equipment, Books And Videos

We stock and sell a wide range of equipment, books (both new and second-hand) and videos on all aspects of owls, hawks, hawking, ferrets, ferreting, falconry and dogs/dog training. All are of top quality, and all at sensible prices.

Hawk in flight

Activity Days and Courses

Situated in the rolling hills of the picturesque Derbyshire countryside, we run a wide range of courses and events, covering all aspects of raptors (owls and birds of prey), falconry and hawking, ferrets and ferreting, animal handling and animal photography.

See what Nik Cook of Derbyshire Life had to say about his experience with us! (external link)

All courses and events are taken by James McKay, director of Honeybank, and are designed to give all participants a fun learning experience.

Read about the activity days and courses...

We are happy to quote for individual needs and can build a course to cater for groups of friends or work colleagues (special group rates apply). Please contact us for further information.

Gift Vouchers are available for all courses (valid 6 months). These make ideal presents. Contact us to book your course or order your voucher.

Group flying a hawk

Corporate Hospitality & Entertainment

A day spent flying our spectacular birds, and learning about the colourful history of falconry and birds of prey is a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We can make this a challenging team building day, or a relaxing chill event, or can incorporate other activities to suit your requirements. We can host the event, or come to you. The choices are yours to make, and this is why so many companies use us for corporate days with a difference.

Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, Honeybank is home to all our animals - birds, dogs, ferrets - all of which will be there to ensure that your clients have a day to remember.


Contact Us to discuss your needs.