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Frequently Asked Falconry Questions

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When is Falconcrest's raptor park open?

Falconcrest Raptor Park is open during the Summer season from 12.00 to 17.00, except on Mondays. Open on all school and public holidays. Park access outside the summer season is possible, but only by prior appointment.

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May I bring my dog?

No, Dogs are not into the Falconcrest park. Exceptions only with explicit consent of Falconcrest and then still at your own risk.

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What kinds of birds of prey live at Falconcrest Raptor park?

Besides the wild owls and hawks that have themselves chosen to settle and nestle in and arround our park all by themselves, we have a constantly varying species in the park. This because Falconcrest is also birds of prey accomodation for falconers and birds of prey owners, who on accation would also like to go on holiday. An overview of our permanent feathered friends can be found here.

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How long is a raptor park entry subscription valid?

A subscription to Falconcrest Raptor Park is valid from the date of purchse for exactly one year.

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What is falconry?

Falconry is defined as hunting the natural prey of an environment using a trained bird of prey and is also refered to as the 'recreational' use of wildlife. Hunting with, and training of birds of prey has been practiced even before 2000 b.c. and was used as primary source to get food (meat/food) on the table. Once gunpowder became internationally known and used for hunting, falconry became more a sport than a necessity for survival. In Europe this 'sport' was until recently only legally allowed by royals and clergymen.

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What is a falconer?

The definition of a falconer (dating form 1864) is, someone that watches over falcons and trains them and has the title and priveledge to undertake the 'hunt with falcons'. In more modern times it is seen as someone that can train birds of prey to fly or hunt on command and to take care of them.

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What is the difference between a falconry workshop and a falcon workshop?

The difference is that of the birds of prey, the falcons are the only species that hunts exclusively on birds. Other types of birds of prey hunt mostly ground or water bound animals. This means that working with and training falcons needs something that simulates the falcons natural prey. To do this falconers have a 'lure', an artificial prey with some food attached that is swung in the air. The falcon will hunt and go for the lure, and the trick is not to allow the falcon to grab it until the falconer allows it. Falcons are the only species that is exclusively trained on a lure. So a falcon workshop mean you need to be handy swinging things around and keeping falcons at bay.

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What time do the falconcry workshops start?

Birds of prey and falconry workshops are held at the birds of prey park. Workshops start at 11 AM and finish arounf 5 PM

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How do I become a falconer?

We have practicle training programs for students studying wildlife and agriculture, you are welcome to cintact us if you need practicle experience in working with wildlife and birds of prey. Falconcrest also has a falconer training and certification program (for the netherlands and many parts of the EU). We have annual falconry training days where all interested parties are welcome to attend, with no charge and no obligation, to find out it takes and what is involved in becoming a certified falconer. Keep an eye on our news feed for dates and times. You can also get more information on our falconry training page.

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Can I get a job at Falconcrest Falconry Centre and Raptor Park?

More information about working at Falconcrest, can be found on the employment at Falconcrest page.

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Are there more regulations that I should be aware of?

Yes, but just a few, if you visit the park, see the visitor terms and conditions for more information.