The Swinton Park Bird of Prey Centre opened an aviary in the hotel grounds in 2008. The aviary is the restored orangery and is a very short walk from the hotel, adjacent to the four acre walled garden and children’s play area.
The falconer is Sophie Abbott, who masterminded the launch of the Bird of Prey Centre, and lives within walking distance of the hotel.Sophie Abbott has lived on the Swinton Estate all her life, and having worked with Birds of Prey since the age of 12, is a highly skilled and passionate falconer. Falconry experiences are run by either Sophie or her mother, Mandy Abbott.
Watching the birds of prey at the aviary and flying them to your hand is a thrilling experience. Both hotel guests and non-residents are welcome to enjoy this, which appeals to all age groups both in a leisure or corporate entertainment environment. Bookings can be taken for individuals and groups and gift vouchers are available for all experiences, making an ideal present.
Enjoy the range of falconry experiences available, including hawk and owl experiences and a half day of falconry. These provide a close insight into birds of prey as you learn to handle and fly them under the guidance of an experienced falconer. Families particularly enjoy the half hour “Taster Experience” or the hour long “Family Falconry Experience”.
Each experience provides a lot of hands on time with birds of prey and a varying range of species from hawks, falcons, owls and corvids all within our beautiful landscaped parkland. We also provide opportunities to witness the incredible natural hunting ability of the birds within surrounding estate.
The aviary is home for up to 12 birds at time, with owls, eagles, falcons and hawks in residence.
9th June and 23rd August 2015
Swinton Park Birds of Prey offers a range of photography opportunities. We have a range of native birds of prey including, Barn Owl, Kestrel, Common Buzzard, Tawny Owl and Long Eared Owl. We aim to get the birds demonstrating as many of their abilities as possible, in the most natural of settings. We have a fantastic range of locations and can remove some of the equipment from the birds legs to ensure you get the best photos possible.
Photography days are an opportunity for camera clubs or individuals to photograph the birds in the beautiful landscape of the Parkland, with professional photographer Jed Wee as a guide.
For more information and booking details, please see http://www.birdsofprey.me.uk/photography-groups.html
From £80 incl a light lunch.
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The Parkland is in full bloom, so it’s the perfect time for an early summer break. Enjoy walks through azaleas and rhododendrons, revitalising treatments in the spa and fine food in our restaurant and cookery school, with the first home-grown young vegetables on the menu. Try our Temple to Turret break, or see our Special Offers page for seasonal offers.
Experience the glamorous aristocratic house parties of days gone by at our Downton at Swinton weekends in March and October, hosted by Lord and Lady Masham. Please see our Accommodation Packages for more details.