National Falconry School

Falconry, Ferrets, Owls and Other Animal Experiences

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.

 

Contact Us to discuss your needs.

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.

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.