Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre at Sion Hill Hall sets high standards of conservation whilst sharing the experience of the beautiful birds of prey with visitors. It is an experience enjoyed by many people throughout the year and importantly shows you where in the world each type of bird in each aviary comes from with maps of the world with certain countries highlighted.
Imagine the soaring of an eagle above your head or if you have ever dreamed of seeing owls sweeping past or ducking and diving as vultures fly by then this is the place for you!
Three times a day, a fabulous flying display with different birds is held and afterwards a handling session allowing visitors the chance to get close and personal plus plenty of photo-opportunities in between as all the beautiful birds are on display.
The learning experience continues with presentations about the history of birds of prey including how they were very much protected in the Middle Ages through to the threats of modern agriculture, the widespread use of toxic chemicals and other threats which caused major damage to the native raptor population. You’ll learn how raising public awareness of the needs and habitats of birds through centres such as Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre you can all play a part in assisting the preservation of these fine creatures to enrich the lives of future generations.