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

Welcome to Wings Of Wales

About Us

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.

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Artfoodlover
Artfoodlover
2021-09-07
Totally amazing, you really should experience this if you love nature! Well, we were looking forward to this falconry experience, but Wow! It more than met our expectations! The weather was amazing, the best day this year, and showed off the astounding Mid Wales beautiful Brecon Beacons National park to its maximum. However, this was all about the amazing, hands on experience with the most beautiful creatures you just can’t get up close with normally in nature. We had the pleasure of walking with, feeding and watching fly the most amazing array of birds: harrier hawks (Pedro and Tracy); Florence the white tailed eagle with an 8 ft wingspan; Rupert the Falcon we saw feeding from the lure and flying and last but so not least the amazing Bert, gorgeous barn owl. Words cannot describe how much we enjoyed the experience. It was all because the lovely Lewis Phillips, founder, is so knowledgeable and so good at engaging with people (us) and his very special birds. We would so highly recommend this experience to anyone. If you enjoy nature, I would challenge anyone not to be amazed by this adventure. 5+ stars all round! Thank you, Lewis for a great day!
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hightower_jones
2021-08-04
Amazing Family Experience We booked the family experience for us and our daughter and what an experience it was! It was amazing seeing the magnificent birds up close and having the opportunity to have them fly to our hand. Lewis is a knowledgeable and passionate conservationist. We learnt a lot during the session, as well as having a lot of fun. My daughter absolutely loved it - we all did!
Sal
Sal
2021-08-03
Superb experience! Wow. We came to South Wales for our Mini moon and our day out with Lewis and the birds was the highlight of the trip. Lewis is knowledgable and evidently enthusiastic about not only the birds but also their natural habitat and the conservation of the species. Lewis also went out of his way to make us feel at ease around the animals. A unique experience not to be missed.
Jayne D
Jayne D
2021-07-26
Best birthday ever Lewis was so welcoming. He redesigned the experience to suit my mobility needs. My husband came as my carer but Lewis fully involved him which then became a shared experience for both of us. We had a full 2 hours with the birds, who were so amazing.
Greyhunter
Greyhunter
2021-07-17
Great experience set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons! Fabulous day out with Lewis flying some amazing birds one to one with him. Booked the half day experience and it was fantastic- flying a total of five birds, all of the time handling them, flying to your hand and feeding them. Lewis is a passionate and knowledgeable host which makes for a good and interesting day out. The birds are absolutely stunning and look very well looked after. All of this set in the beautiful Brecon Beacons- absolutely stunning. Don't hesitate and just book this experience- however make sure you wear decent footwear as the terrain can get a little rugged!
Lisa G
Lisa G
2021-06-19
You must experience this experience.. A must do whilst in the area. Booked as a surprise, I was excited at what the morning would hold. Lewis was so very knowledgeable and passionate about the birds he had for us. The weather was good for us and the scenary stunning. We had no idea what birds we were going to meet so that made the experience even more exciting...Learing about conservation made us re think a lot about the world..We are definatly going to come back and do this again next year...
KitKat
KitKat
2021-05-20
Stunning walk n talk What a wonderful intimate way to learn about these magnifcent birds in beautiful surroundings. Lewis engaged adults and children alike and we felt so honoured to get up close and personal to them. Entertainment, education & beauty rolled into one hugely enjoyable morning
Amanda H
Amanda H
2021-05-16
Bird walking experience Martin and I both thoroughly enjoyed our visit with Lewis this week, who is a charming host, and knowledgeable conservationist, photographer and journalist who has a high regard and level of care for his birds. We had an overcast day but that didn't stop us taking a pair of Harris Hawks for a walk (Tracy & Pedro), before meeting a very naughty Bearded Vulture called Harry who took to the air but wasn't so keen on the walk back ... Rupert the Falcon, was amazingly fast as he tried to catch the lure, and my favourite was Bert the Barn Owl absolutely beautiful seeing him in flight during the day and landing on our gloves with ease. We were spoilt by Lewis today and appreciate the care, responsibility and efforts he takes in keeping his birds safe - as all the birds were tagged to be able to locate them and bring them all safely back. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Lewis to all those interested in a visit with him as the interaction with all the birds was brilliant and he caters for different needs as per the weather conditions and your own capabilities. .. LOVED IT
Michelle
Michelle
2020-10-16
Amazing experience Had a fantastic half day experience with Lewis. His knowledge, experience and enthusiasm was incredible. The birds were beautiful and the scenery was stunning. Very professional and thank you Lewis for sharing your passion.
SHARON B
SHARON B
2020-09-27
Paradise on my doorstep! My husband organised a morning with Lewis and his birds for my 50th birthday. We went along with my 12 year old daughter who was reluctant to go but ended up thoroughly enjoying herself. I am a complete novice with regards to such things so I was quite apprehensive to be in the company of such an expert on birds and wildlife - I needn't have worried - within 5 minutes of meeting Lewis, he put us completely at ease and we were chatting away like old friends. After a cup of tea we headed off to meet the birds and drove a short distance to some of the most stunning scenery I have ever seen in my life - I only live a few miles down the road and hadn't even realised what was on my doorstep. We met and flew 3 different species of Owl, a Falcon and a Buzzard Eagle - it is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Throughout the whole experience, Lewis' knowledge and passion for wildlife, conservation and the environment shone through. He is such an interesting guy that I think we all could have spent the whole weekend in his company - a very wise and experienced teacher combined with one of the most genuinely nice, easy-going people you could ever wish to meet! He spoke of conservation projects he is involved with and I will follow his story with interest in the future. We were in awe of the magnificent birds and took lots of photographs and videos including some slow motion footage of the Buzzard Eagle in flight which we are still watching on a loop 2 days later. To sum it up, I feel the experience has left us much more aware of nature and the world around us and in a way, I feel like we made a life-long friend in Lewis. I cannot recommend this experience enough.

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Photography Workshops

There is no where better in the UK to come on a wildlife photography course than with Wings Of Wales and Lewisjamesphillips.com. As a professional photographer for over 20 years and having work highly aclimed in international awards Lewis understands the needs for all levels of photographer attending the course. Lewis is also qualified as a lecturer in fine art via Canterbury Christchurch. Lewis has been in a number of international awards from the BWPOY, TPOY, PLady and his work published in photography magazine across the UK.

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Experience Days

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£295

Ultimate Eagle & Vulture Day

 Florence the White Tail plays a large role in public engagement and education, also as an ambassador towards the reintroduction of the species back into Wales.

As the UK,s Largest bird of prey they are very impressive with an 8ft wingspan.

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£195

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.

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£120

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.

At the farm you will have a short introduction to the experience, this will look at husbandry, weight management and diet.

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£195

Family Experience Day

Florence the White Tail plays a large role in public engagement and education, also as an ambassador towards the reintroduction of the species back into Wales.

As the UK,s Largest bird of prey they are very impressive with an 8ft wingspan.

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£199

Birding &
Guiding

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.

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£349

WOW & BB Stay 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.

At the farm you will have a short introduction to the experience, this will look at husbandry, weight management and diet.

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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.

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Education

A History Of Falconry

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 .