Charlotte first developed a keen interest in Birds of Prey as a young girl after being taken to various Falconry Centres around the UK by her father John. After leaving School Charlotte studied for 2 years on an Animal Care Course at Moulton College of Agriculture where she further advanced her knowledge and also obtained several voluntary part-time jobs and work experience placements at a number of Birds of Prey Centres.
Upon finishing her course Charlotte was offered a position at the National Bird of Prey Centre at Newent. From there she went on to gain a vast amount of experience in the art of falconry whilst working and collaborating with many of the leading authorities in this field in countries such as Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan and Australia. This is obvious to the audiences and spectators who watch with interest and amazement at the spectacular flying displays that she gives with her birds which include a variety of Falcons, Hawks, Buzzards, Owls and Eagles.
Charlotte prides herself on always giving informative and educational commentaries from her vast experience, yet manages to retain a light hearted and often humorous approach to the antics of her birds, who may not always work to their scripts.
In 2013 Charlotte and José first introduced their then 4½ year old son Luis to the public in the arena. He is now approaching 9 and taking an active role with the team, regularly flying some of the smaller birds, so the future for CJ’s is looking bright.
Charlotte is ably supported in all aspects of the business by her father John, whose interest in Falconry goes back many years. He was a member of the Central Falconry and Raptor Club, acting as Chairman for 5 years. John also has sat on the Hawk Board which is a national body that represents all Falconers and Birds of Prey keepers in the UK.
The Hawk Board acts as an advisor to the government on all matters on Falconry and Birds of Prey. John has also been an active participant in the “Campaign for Falconry since it was formed in 1997. Its whole reason is to raise funds and awareness to defend Falconry and the keepers of all Birds of Prey.
Charlotte’s husband José is an important and integral member of the team who takes a key role in the Falconry and Hunting Courses and the Gourmet Dinners (see Falconry Courses Page). José is a well-known and highly respected Falconer and his interest in Falconry goes back over 20 years.
He has been an active member of the British Hawking Association and served as Chairman for 5 years. He has also lectured to Falconers in Spain and has hunting experience around the UK and in Spain and the USA.
Charlotte’s mother Tina is a key member of the administration team. She is primarily responsible for booking your Birds of Prey Experiences at Westmill Farm, Ware, Hertfordshire and at Orton Hall Hotel, Peterborough.
Tina is also responsible for acquiring new outlets and business partners to work alongside CJ’s Birds of Prey.
The CJ’s Team
Charlotte and John are capably assisted by their enthusiastic family, plus a group of experienced team members who regularly appear at many of the major shows around the country.