Now that spring has sprung, breeding season is officially upon us. I love this time of year, light nights, nice weather and lots of babies (hopefully). This does however mean we are non-stop, always someone to feed or a job to be done so it’s all hands-on deck
Our Shetland sheep are due to Lamb in April which we are really excited about, I mean who doesn’t love lambs???
Our newest member of the Speyside Falconry team has already arrived, Brogan is a female European Eagle Owl, she is currently 11 days old and still small and fluffy but they grow at an alarming rate so it won’t be long before she is a big beauty. The females are always larger than the males and we would expect to see Brogan once fully grown weighing in at between 3-4 lbs with a wingspan of 5-6 ft.
One of our female Sakers has started laying and sitting on her eggs so we shall wait to see if they have been active, and our Snowy owls have started their breeding rituals of food passing and our male Jacko calling, (booming) The calling is said to be the most important part of the ritual.
We also have some exciting things coming up, during the Easter holidays we have an offer on our Meet the owl sessions where kids go free with each paying adult, although days are now limited for this.
On Easter Sunday 16thApril we will be at the VSA Easterton Anguston Farm Open Day with 2 sessions 12-1 and 2-3.
In May, we will have a stall at the Gordon Castle Highland Games where we will be promoting our business and the services and experiences we have on offer, so if you are there come over and say hello and meet some of the team.
Darren & Clare
Hi everyone, been a while since our last post, its been a busy time for us here. We have some youngsters we have been working with who will be joining our flying team shortly
At the start of the holidays we managed to squeeze in a quick trip up the West Coast to visit some family, such a beautiful place up there we stopped off at the Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve to do the Buzzard Walk which was stunning highly recommend to anyone travelling up there
We have welcomed a lot of visitors in the moray area enjoying Falconry experiences.
Last month we received the most amazing news that we are a finalist in the North Region Rural Business awards for Best Rural Recreational or Outdoor Pursuits Business, delighted to have made it to this stage. We are up against some fantastic businesses and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony in Bolton in October. The winner of each category will go up against the winners of the other regions for the finals in February.
We finally got a sign made and got a sticker on the Jeep, Ricky Scott from Newmill who also runs thingymijigs in Keith with his wife did a brilliant job we are delighted with it and it looks great
We got a mention in the Scottish field magazine in their archive 100 things to do this summer, great publicity for us
We have a lot of sessions booked in already for the coming weeks and our Long eared owl is now flying so will be meeting some of our visitors. I am hoping to get a wee video of her in action to put up on our page
Coming up we have Lochcarron Highland Games and Grantown Show
We are working on our Animal Assisted Therapy page on our website, our sessions have really developed over the last few months and have opened up more possibilities for people so we will have a page with more details on the sessions, how they work and the different session we offer
You can follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with how our youngsters are progressing and their flight training as well as what we are getting up to
Darren & Clare
Love this time of year, light nights, sunshine, great for flying the birds.
Been busy here at Speyside Falconry had lots of visitors on experiences, including kate who enjoyed a birthday experience and kindly sent some photos, and we have been out and about with the birds.
Darren is working with a couple of falcons we are adding to the team for the season ahead.
we have updated our events page with some of the events we have coming up so you can have a look and see where you might see us on display.
we got listed in a post for the top 15 falconry blogs and we ranked #9 which we are quite pleased about
We recently became a Dementia Friend. We have regualr interactions with people with dementia on our Animal Assisted Therapy visits but we also meet people with Dementia who are on private expereinces visiting us with their family. Nowadays people are living for longer and people with dementia are living at home in their communities for longer and for some this can pose problems with daily life as people have little understanding of the illness. The Alzheimer Assosication are working hard to raise awareness so people in the community can understand better, help and support people with dementia in their community. Its a great thing to be part of and i would encourage anyone to sign up and become a Dementia Friend gain a better understanding and turn that into simple actions that can help people with dementia.
Hi everyone, well we have been in business for about 8 weeks now and I would like to thank you all for all the support you have given us, and to everyone who has shared our posts, thank you and keep it up!!!
We have been overwhelmed with the interest we have received in such a short space of time. September and October have been very busy and we have taken lots of bookings for November.
We have our first Birthday party in November which I am looking forward to and I hope is the first of many!!
So far we have visited quite a few care homes doing our Animal Therapy Visits which is always really enjoyable, as much for us as it is for the residents. We have met some remarkable people and enjoyed a good chat with them as they met the birds and learned some more about them.
I am excited about the care homes we have in the diary for the coming weeks and the people we will get to meet there.
We have been to a nursery group which was good fun, all the kids (and adults) loved the owls and got a chance to touch them, the braver of the group held them as well. Jessica and Kate were helping me and were fantastic as always, we have some more nurseries to visit so I am looking forward to having some more children get involved and learn about the owls. A repeat booking was discussed and next time we hope to do a flying session with the owls.
We have had private Meet the Owl sessions which are a good opportunity for people to enjoy a private session and to fly the owls as well as learn about them, it’s a very interactive session, its an hour long and perfect for kids.
We also do a Behind the Scenes experience which is 3 hours long and includes refreshments. It’s a unique opportunity to see what we do on a daily basis, fly the birds, learn about the birds, equipment we use and the sport. Darren is looking forward to our first one of these sessions next month.
We visit people in their own homes with the owls which is good fun and very relaxed, it also allows for people who for various reasons don’t get out and about to enjoy an experience with the owls.
Its non-stop at home, as well as the bookings we have, the birds also get flown daily and weather permitting out for baths. The kids also have a busy schedule during term time!!
Jessica and Kate are planning a little something fun but are waiting till after bonfire night, so keep an eye out on our Facebook page for details on what they are up to
Our next blog post will be on Animal Assisted Therapy which will give you an insight into our care home visits and the science behind it.
We offer Ring Delivery and Static Display for Weddings this is a unique addition to anyones special day.
Ring Delivery is with our Barn Owl who will silently fly down the aisle with the rings to the best man or groom wearing a glove and then return to the handler at the back of the room, our barn owl will be availible for the wedding photos afterwards.
Static Display is setup ready for everyone leaving the ceremony for the drinks reception and photos for the guests to enjoy getting up close and admire these amazing birds.
services can be on their own or together in a package. We liase with the bride and groom working to their requirments and the venue to provide a high standard of service for your special day.
We recently attended Moray Wedding Exhibition where our services were well recived and it was lovely to meet prospective brides and other exhibitors.
In May we will be attending Hitched @ The Barn in Banchory so another great oppurtunity for people to meet us and learn more about what we can offer.
we have had great support in our venture Jodie Moir @ SMILE Photography in Keith did an amazing job on our photos her service is relaxed and faultless if you are looking for a photgrapher for your big day you should check out her facebook page
Lotus Petal Flowers in Keith provided our flowers for our table display and hopefully will again in the future, Karren and Kerry are great to work with a provide stunning arrangments you can see some of their work in their Facebook Page
If you would like more information on our Wedding Services you can call us on 01542 860766 or email email@example.com
Darren & Clare
Well Spring is almost here and the season has already begun for us here at Speyside Falconry. We had a busy February half term and met some lovely people and everyone enjoyed the sessions with the birds.
The snow arrived on Wednesday and we have not ventured out since got to keep a close eye on the smaller birds during the cold snap bug everyone is doing great and in out the cold. Jessica and Kate have enjoyed the snow days and been out sledging
Angus one of our Harris Hawks finished his moilt and came out at the weekend he should be ready to meet people very soon and Hetty and Alice will go for a moult and enjoy a well earned break.
We have been working on an exciting project marketing our services for Weddings and will be attending the Moray Wedding Exhibition in Elgin on March 25th. The very talented Jodie Moir from SMILE Photography in Keith did an amazing job on the photos some of which will be on the weddings page on our website
We offer ring delivery and static displays for weddings, a unique addition to your special day. We offer a friendly and proffessional service which is tailor to your requirments.
we are hopeful for some new members of the team over apring so keep an eye on our page for news.
we have a buay few weeks ahead and already looking forward to the Easter Holidays we will be running sessions every day Meet the Owls and Walk with a Hawk these are availible through booking.
Hazel our English Pointer pup is growing fast and is a bundle of energy her and Willow get on great together the birds are still getting used to having Hazel around.
Darren and Clare
Happy New Year everyone i hope you all enjoyed the festive break and are looking forward to a good year ahead.
I recently published some details of the services we offer on our Facebook page pop over and have a look
we started off the new year with a new addition to our family, English Pointer puppy Hazel she will be trained to work with Darren out in the field with the birds.
looking to the year ahead we look forward to meeting everyone who recived gift vouchers at Christmas and are already taking bookings for a lot of our services.
we hope to be visitng various events throughout the year and will be at VSA Easter Anguston Farm and Simpsons Garden Centre again after very succesful visits last year. During School Holidays we will be running an offer for our family Meet the Owl Session. Details of all events will be published on the events page on our website in Due course
our school visits were a huge hit last year and some of the children got to enjoy dissecting some owl pellets, we look forward to visiting more schools over the course of the year.
We offer a unique addition to your wedding day with ring delivery and static setup for your guests to enjoy for details of this you can give us a call on 01542 860766
We keep regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
To contact us you can do so via the contact page on our website, our facebook page,
call 01542 860766 or 07921451952
Merry Christmas everyone i hope everyone got some lovely gifts we look forward to hearing from the lucky people who received one of our gift vouchers.
Our christmas card this year was designed by a local boy Ryan Attril and was well received by everyone and we have had a few bookings from our christmas offer for 2018
we have had a lovely couple of days off spending time with family and santa was good to us all, we had a couple of good hawking days on christmas eve and boxing day and Jessica and kate were out as well doing the ferrets
We are back at work with a care home visit and some private experiences although we do still have a couple of spaces left before we welcome the new year.
Hello everyone been a wee while since my last post life at Speyside Falconry has been rather hectic this last few months.
we have welcomed a few piglets we gave a boar and a gilt ready to go if anyone is interested.
We are now listed in Day out with the kids which is fantastic, i love the website i use it a lot when we have our own days out with the girls so to have our buisness on there is great and will hopefully put us out there to more people.
if anyone has been for a visit and wants to leave us a review then we are on trip advisor.
Christmas is on its way and we have gift vouchers for all our private experiences, an amazing gift for a loved one.
we have had a competition on to find a picture for this years christmas card, am really excited about this the level of talent of the kids is amazing they certainly havnt made our job easy, more info on this to come once we have a winner.
we operate all year round so anyone looking for something fun to do can give us a call and get booked in.
Darren has been busy with some pest control, Moles and rabbits our Harris Hawk Alice is doing a great job
Darren & Clare
Tattie Holidays are almost upon us and we are looking forward to Meeting everyone who has booked with us on our Kids go free holiday offer.
The piglets are getting bigger and having fun exploring the outdoors we are keeping a close eye on the next lot of piglets making an appearance
This term our school visits have been a huge success and we have visited several schools; the kids are always fantastic and we get all sorts of questions as they learn about the owls and fly them. Our care home visits have been great fun and it’s amazing to watch the affect these sessions can have on someone with dementia and the joy that this can bring people and their families.
As we are in October we are spending the month with a Halloween theme for our activity sheets, we have a Halloween Hoot on the 29th from 1.30pm this is for school age children £15 each which includes 1 accompanying adult and a Halloween goody bag, kids enjoy a meet the owl’s session and fly some of the owls and take part in a couple of small Halloween games. Kids are invite to dress up with a prize for our favourite costume. Places are limited so booking is essential, call 01542 860766 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a photography session on the 21st which is open to people of all ages and abilities and gives an opportunity to practice in flight photography as well as some static shots. £30 pp and includes tea/coffee.
Training with our young Harris Hawks is going well, Hetty only has 3 tail feathers but has made great progress and we are going to introduce her to people over the next few weeks and socialise her. Our other Hawk Alice is now hunting and being used for pest control services.
Darren & Clare
Darren and Clare
Husband and wife and owners of Speyside Falconry