Beginning Falconry Award

Summary / introduction: 
There are already many individuals and Bird of Prey centres that offer training, but there is no national mechanism for accrediting this training. In response, this Award has been developed by Lantra Awards in unison with the Hawk Board with the help and assistance of professional Falconers throughout the UK. Together they have helped to define the body of knowledge and practical skills required to keep a Bird of Prey in a safe and healthy condition. This is a formal Award intended for those who are new to Falconry, or those who wish to keep Raptors and/or Owls. The Award is also available to more experienced Falconers who want a certificate to demonstrate their competence in this area. The Award covers all aspects up to ‘flying to the fist’ and now includes an optional unit covering Conditioning and Flying Free a Bird of Prey. Further Awards in respect of more advanced husbandry, breeding and Falconry may be introduced later to compliment this Award and to provide a progression path for learners. The Award is granted to those learners who are able to demonstrate an understanding of the relevant background knowledge, and those practical skills necessary to keep a Bird of Prey in a safe and healthy condition.
Target audience: 

A formal Award for those new to Falconry as well as more experienced Falconers who want to demonstrate that they meet a minimum standard to achieve the Award.

Description: 

The Beginning Falconry Award is divided into two main sections called ‘units’. Each unit has a number of parts, each of which must be completed in order to achieve the unit. If learners achieve both units, they will be awarded the Beginning Falconry Award.

 

The units are:

Unit 1 – Bird of Prey Management and Husbandry

Unit 2 – Falconry Basics

 

There is a third optional unit entitled:

Unit 3 – Conditioning and Flying Free a Bird of Prey

Product objectives: 

Unit 1: Bird of Prey Management and Husbandry

Part 1. Housing

Part 2. Hygiene

Part 3. Feed and food preparation

Part 4. Health

Part 5. Species suitability

Part 6. Purchasing your first bird

 

Unit 2: Falconry Basics

Part 7. Essential falconry equipment

Part 8. Picking up and carrying

Part 9. Feeding, manning and initial training techniques

Part 10. Weighing and weight management

Part 11. Flying to the fist on a creance

Course / product type: 
Training Course
Assessment type: 
Training Only
Course / product delivery: 
Theory and practical based
Language: 
English
Min number of learners: 
This will depend on the experience of the learners, please contact the Hawk Board 01933 665 800 for more information.
Max number of learners: 
This will depend on the experience of the learners, please contact the Hawk Board 01933 665 800 for more information.
Category: 
Animal Health and Welfare
Falconry