Raptor Award

Raptor Awards

This guided, hands-on, 4-day course is suitable for those new to falconry, those who wish to keep birds of prey (including those wishing to own their first bird of prey), and experienced falconers & bird owners who want to hone their skills and achieve the recognition given by the award. All aspects of bird of prey management and husbandry, up to flying to the fist on a creance, are covered, and you will receive an official certificate upon completion.

The Raptor Award is a nationally recognised award designed to educate participants to keep birds of prey in a safe and healthy condition. It has been developed in partnership with The Hawk Board, along with the assistance of professional Falconers throughout the UK. Here at SMJ Falconry we are approved by Raptor Awards to deliver the training and certification.

The Award is divided into two units:

Keeping a Bird of Prey

  • C1 - Accommodation and Equipment
  • C2 - Feeding and Nutrition
  • C3 - Monitor and Maintain Health
  • C4 - Catching, Restraining and Moving
  • C5 - Legislation

Training a Bird of Prey

  • C6 - Species Characteristics and Types
  • C7 - Furniture and Equipment
  • C8 - Initial Training, Manning, and Weight Management

Each unit carries its own certification, and more units under Raptor awards are currently being made, such as; Pest Control.

The cost of this 4-day course is £475 per person. You can choose to take the course over 4 consecutive days or spread it over a few weeks. A light lunch is provided and accommodation can be arranged for those wishing to stay overnight.

Come along and our friendly, experienced falconers/bird-handlers will personally guide you through to successful completion. We’ve got a diverse collection of around 60 birds of prey here, including: falcons, hawks, owls, kites and an eagle and vulture, so you’ll get plenty of hands-on experience!

To book your course contact Sandra:

07974 361299


To find out more about the Raptor Awards please visit their website!

We are located in West Yorkshire, near the borders with North Yorkshire & Lancashire, UK.

Following the official certification, if you wish to take your training even further we can arrange something with you to suit your personal requirements.