Falconry Courses

Learn about the husbandry and day to day welfare of Birds of Prey

If you are thinking about taking up falconry or would like to learn about the husbandry and day to day welfare of Birds of Prey why not take the opportunity to attend one of CJ’s Falconry Course. Our courses are run on the basis of no more than two people per course, giving you time to ask questions whilst learning and absorbing the in depth information.Our courses cover an extensive range of subjects which include the following: Basic training • Husbandry • Food and Nutrition • Equipment • Housing • The Law • Field Craft • The Quarry. The aim of the courses are to prepare anyone who is thinking of acquiring a Bird of Prey with the basic knowledge of how to care, house and train it competently and safely. For those wishing to add a hunting and field craft day, this can be included. The courses are run over a three or four day period normally over a weekend period and will start at 9.30 till 3.30 depending on weather and time of year. There are two main courses but please let us know your requirements and we will try to tailor a course to accommodate your needs.

Four Day Falconry and Hunting Course

These are run from November to February and are aimed at people who wish to take up falconry as a sport; flying and hunting their own Bird of Prey. You will spend three days learning about all the aspects that are involved in keeping and training a Bird of Prey, for hunting as well as looking at other species and their suitability as a falconry bird. At the end of each day hawks will be taken out and flown. The final day will be spent out in the field with one of our team, hunting with a pair of hawks for quarry and putting into practice all the knowledge that you have gained.

Most of the course will take place at our fenland base near Peterborough, apart from the last day which will take place at our one of our suitable hunting sites which will be selected depending on time of year.

The cost of the course is £500.00 per person

Falcons off hunting with Pointer

Three Day Falconry Course

These are run all year round and are aimed at people wishing to own and train their own bird of prey. You will have three days learning about all the aspects that are involved in keeping and training a bird of prey as well as looking at other species and their characteristics. Each day you will have the chance to fly some of our hawks; putting into practice the knowledge that you have gained. All three days of the course will take place at our Fenland base near Peterborough. The cost of the course is £375.00 per person
Hunting Harris Hawks

Jose Suto

Gourmet Dinner with the CJ’s Team

After a day out on your course why not sit down with your partner and the CJ’s Team to enjoy a four course Gourmet Dinner talking about the day, asking any additional questions that you may have and exchanging a tale or two. One of the key members of CJ’s Team is José Souto who is a well-known Celebrity Chef for Horse and Country TV and for BASC as well as being a Lecturer in Culinary Arts at Westminster Kingsway College in London. José has worked in many of London’s finest establishments and is recognized as a leading authority on Game Cookery and Food Providence. (See José’s work on Horse and Country TV)

Your Meal will include a culinary delight of four courses; so be prepared to enjoy the good food, wine and conversation in a fantastic way to end the day.

The cost (including wine) is £75.00 per person.

* You may invite up to two guests to join you at the dinner
** Please make us aware of any dietary needs when booking.


Falconry Course Content

Falconry Course Content - Three Day

Day 1
An introduction to different species of birds.
Aspects of flying different birds.
Understanding the characteristics of different species’.
An introduction to equipment – both good and bad and its function.
Use of different types of falconry equipment – both good and bad points.
See some of our birds being flown.

Day 2
An introduction to husbandry and the housing of Birds of Prey.
Making falconry equipment.
Equipping a Bird of Prey from scratch.
An introduction to bird food used to for Birds of Prey and its preparation.
Flying some of our birds.

Day 3
An introduction to basic training.
Use of food in training.
Understanding weights and use of scales.
Use of telemetry when flying Birds of Prey.
Flying some of our birds.

Falconry & Hunting Course Content - Four Day

Day 1
An introduction to different species of birds.
Aspects of flying different birds.
Understanding characteristics of different species.
An introduction to equipment – both good and bad and its function.
Use of different types of falconry equipment – both good and bad points.

Day 2
An introduction to husbandry and the housing of Birds of prey.
Making falconry equipment.
Equipping a Bird of Prey from scratch.
An introduction to bird food used to for Birds of Prey and its preparation.
A trip out flying a Hawk and/or a Falcon.

Day3
An introduction to basic training.
Use of food in training.
Understanding weights and use of scales.
Use of telemetry when flying Birds of Prey.
Use of dogs in Falconry.
A trip out flying a Hawk and/or a Falcon.

Day 4
A day of hunting with Hawks and Falcons.
Understanding field craft when hunting.
Rabbit Hawking.
Use of ferrets in Falconry.
Working Hawks in the field.

Hunting with Peregrine and Pointer