Come face-to-face with one of nature’s top predators on our Hawk Walk!
Here in the scenic woodland setting of Wells House & Gardens we offer a unique falconry experience, Hawk Walks which may be tailored to suit your needs and the chance to view and appreciate our Falconer’s majestic birds on the lawn. With a variety of Hawk species to see, this is a truly memorable experience.
In addition to that our Hawk Walks give you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to handle and fly magnificent birds of prey in their natural habitat. You will learn a little about the ancient art of falconry and see for yourself why these birds have fascinated people for thousands of years.
On arrival you will be greeted by our new resident falconer, Robin, and will have the chance to learn about the history of hawking and falconry from a falconer who has over 10 years experience with birds of prey which stemmed from rescuing an injured bird as a child. Robin will tell you a little about the art of falconry, its history and how it has developed over the years. He will talk to you about the various birds that are used today, and you will then get to meet your companion, the Harris Hawk. Harris Hawks are known to be social birds and are amongst the most spectacular of the species used in falconry today.
For the next hour you will explore the fields and woodlands of Wells learning to fly these beautiful birds, watching them circle the treetops before they return to land on your arm! Along the way you will learn about the bird’s unique hunting capabilities, their incredible eyesight, speed and agility. This truly is an unrivaled experience.
Thank you on behalf of my father and myself for such an enjoyable hour on the Hawk Walk on Friday morning. The hour spent with you was so interesting and informative. I have to say I was really excited about the prospect of this walk! It was a surprise treat for my father. We both really appreciated the opportunity to be so close to these magnificent birds – It was very special. Thank you again Robin, this was such a marvellous experience for us both. Laura October 2016
At Wells House and Gardens all are welcome and no prior knowledge or experience is necessary. We cater for individuals of all ages, including children and families. We also invite small groups to come and enjoy a unique and exciting day out. To remember the day you will also get the opportunity to have your photo taken with the regal bird
The one hour Hawk Walk costs €25 per person or €60 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. Booking is recommended and available from Tuesday to Sunday.
What do you need to bring? Sensible clothing and footwear, a good pair of lungs for following the bird, and of course a good sense of adventure!
For further information, to book your walk, or to organise a gift to remember with our gift vouchers, please contact us at Wells House & Gardens Visitor Centre.