Falconry Experience In Wales

Birds of prey flying team, based in the stunning Brecon Beacons, Wales, come join us for a falconry experience in Wales

Falconry experience Wales

Wings Of Wales

Falconry experience in Wales

Wings Of Wales was established in 2015 by conservation photographer and bird of prey handler Lewis Phillips.  He has been working in conservation, educating the public and flying birds for over ten years.  Lewis has worked alongside many different conservation trusts in Britain and other countries around the world. We aspire to teach people about real issues that affect birds of prey in the wild.

Our Mission

We aim to encourage education on habitat management and the politics that can affect birds of prey. But more than all of that we want you to have as much fun as possible with us while you are flying our birds of prey in the stunning countryside of Wales. Come visit us for a falconry experience in Wales.

Falconry experience Wales

About

A History OF Falconry

Falconry experience Wales

Falconry is recognised by UNESCO for it embodies precise aspects of world cultural heritage and as such should be safeguarded for future generations. The term “Falconry” has the following meaning – The taking of wild quarry in its natural surroundings by trained Hawks. The origins of this noble pastime can be traced back as far as BC to what is now central Iran its wely believed that Falconry originated in the far east records exist from China in BC showing Falcons being given as gifts.

The great Khan as documented in the travels of Marco Polo was known to house many hundreds of Hawks Falcons and Eagles and his hunting retinue comprised of over a thousand men. Falconry entered Europe byway of trade along the Silk Road and by the conquest and wars of the various horse tribes that crossed the steppe in search of plunder Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes favoured the flight of the Golden Eagle the Goths and Gaul’s were known to practice falconry and this is known from the writings of the Romans during the invasion of northern Europe the peoples we now collectively call Vikings were great traders in Hawks and travelled across the Mediterranean to trade Gyr Falcons with the Arab tribes there are no records of the Celts in Britain practising the sport but Saxon and Viking invasions brought Falconry to our Isles .

Falconry flourished both as a prover of meat for the table and a noble pastime for the landed gentry King Alfred the Great hough besieged by Danes and internal strife still found time to compile a manuscript of Falconry. Prior to and the Norman Invasion Harold visited William in Normandy and they went Hawking together and this is shown in the Bayern Tapestry. The Plantagenet Kings all were follows of the sport and Richard Lionheart took Falconers with him during the suprdsupCrusade to the Holy Land.

In probably the most notable book ever written on Falconry was completed by Frederick who was King of Sicily Holy Roman Emperor and King of Jerusalem this book is still used as a point of reference today. Falconry flourished through the Tudor period with harsh penies imposed on anyone who should harm or steal a Hawk or Falcon as they were deemed to be the property of the king with the development of firearms during the reign of the Stuarts and the subsequent civil war Falconry declined and all Birds of Prey suffered as a result of the upsurge is firearm development and game shooting it was not until the early ’s that Falconry once again started claim its place as the most noble of field sports.

Today falconry is practised throughout the world with great weh and investments in captive breeding and conservation of quarry species being championed by the Gulf States the North American Peregrine nearly brought to extinction by the use of pestices has totally recovered due to the efforts of skilled and dedicated Falconers the advances in captive breeding has brought many species within the scope of the ordinary man todays challenges centre mainly on finding wild places to fly our charges. Falconry faces many challenges both from within due to poor practice lack of training and conservationists who lack understanding in our passion but Falconry will survive it is man’s ultimate with his hunting past and the love of wild creatures .

Experience Days

Ultimate Eagle And Vulture Day

At Wings Of Wales we are lucky enough to have some very special birds on our team. Florence the White Tail plays a large role in public engagement and education, also as an ambassador towards the re introduction of the species back into Wales. As the UK,s Largest bird of prey they are very impressive with an 8ft wingspan. .

Full Day Experience

Our full day package is for true bird and conservation lovers. It has slightly more information on husbandry and dietary needs. It will also give you more birds to handle and fly with. We meet at the Ty Newyedd Country Hotel for refreshments before we head onto the farm.

Half Day Experience

This is our most popular experience and one that people really love. We meet at the Ty Newyedd Country Hotel for a hot drink before heading to the farm. Once at the farm you will have a short introduction to the experience, this will look at husbandry, weight management and diet. You will also be shown telemetry that we attach to the team and how it works.

Vulture Walks

his is an experience that only Wings Of Wales offer, a unique walking experience with Harry our Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture in the Brecon Beacons. Vultures the world over tend to be extremely misunderstood birds due, in part, to the roles they play in the worlds environments. The experiences Wings of Wales provide are dedicated to changing the mindset that is driving them to extinction.

Corporate Team Building Days

Falconry offers a great opportunity to bring people together from all areas of your business to share and enjoy this ancient art and traditional country sport. We also pride ourselves on promoting conservation and an insight into environmental issues that all birds of prey face.

Proud To Support Local Business

 
Wings of wales are all about supporting local business, we try our best to source local meats to feed our team of birds. They all need a variety of food, Fish, Turkey, Chicken and Offal are just some of their dietary needs which are purchased at local markets, butchers and farms. We also try to feed as much organic food as possible which is not the cheapest but quality is what we aim for feeding our team. The happier they are the better they perform

Proud To Support Stump Up For Trees

£2 of each experience purchased will help plant 1 million trees in the Brecon Beacons.

Welsh Prestigious Awards

We have won this years Outdoor experience specialist of the year award.
 
The award was presented to us from the Corporate Livewire Wales Prestige Awards who recognise small and medium-sized businesses that have proven to be the best in their market over the past 12 months.  Come and experience our falconry experience in Wales.
 
 
Falconry experience Wales