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
Hi everyone, normal service has been resumed and kids are back at school, although I am sad to lose my helpers, they were fantastic over the summer helping with the bookings we had.
we enjoyed a fantastic day at the RAF family and friend’s day in Lossiemouth thank you to everyone who came and spoke to us and purchased some merchandise.
Our private experiences have been very popular, you can choose from meet the owls, walk with a hawk or Behind the Scenes. All our sessions include flying the birds and are pre-booked.
Now the schools are back in for another term we are back to school visits, we have a few bookings with some of the local Moray schools in September, these sessions are always really good fun and the kids throw some good questions at you as they enjoy flying some owls and we are very much looking forward to visiting various schools across Moray and Highlands
At the end of August, we will celebrate 1 year in Business its been some year with lots of ups and downs, we have met some amazing people and we have gone from strength to strength. Our care home visits continue to be one of our most popular services and we love visiting the residents and watching how much they enjoy and benefit from the interaction with the owls.
We are really excited about the coming year and what’s in store for us
We are Currently training some Young Harris Hawks, anyone who has bookings with us into October can look forward to meeting them.
Planning ahead to October, we are hoping to do some Kids go Free sessions for the holidays, another photography session and We are planning some Halloween fun so keep an eye out for details. We shall also be In attendance at VSA Easter Anguston Farm.
We would love some feedback on our blog posts, what would you like to read about, is there a bird of prey you particularly like or a member of our team you would like to know more about??
Darren and Clare
One week into the summer holidays and so far, so good!!
In June, some lucky nursery and school pupils got to enjoy meet the owl sessions with us, I love working with the kids and having the opportunity to teach the next generations about birds of prey and falconry.
We have attended a few events recently which is good fun and a great opportunity for people to meet us and the birds and talk to us. At Beauly, we did a small display with a couple of our owls and a couple of children got the opportunity to come into the arena and help fly them
The summer holidays have started off very busy for us with a mix of private sessions, Care home visits and events. Hopefully we will squeeze in a couple of days off and enjoy a bit of family time as well while the kids are off school.
We had our first photography session which went very well and we have seen some amazing pictures of the birds, our next session is scheduled for Sunday 23rd July with just 1 space left.
There has been great interest in the sessions and we want to be able to provide sessions at times and dates suitable for all interested parties.
are weekdays or weekends more suitable?
Early or Mid/late morning?
A mixed session or separate beginner and experienced sessions?
If people interested can comment that would be great and then we can be sure we are providing the services that people want to book.
Since we started, the business has been going from strength to strength and we are always looking at future events and sessions that people are interested in so all feedback is appreciated to ensure we can offer the best service
Darren & Clare
It’s been all go here recently at Speyside Falconry as we enter our busy season. We welcomed some youngsters to our team, Brogan our European Eagle Owl, Lauren our Long Eared Owl and Alex our Tawny Owl. They are still in the early weeks and are being socialised on outings and soon we will start our flight training outside so exciting times for people who have bookings with us.
This month has seen a few cubs and beaver group visits which have been great fun and everyone has enjoyed meeting and flying the birds and learning about them. We have had some care home visits which are always a treat, I love these visits, getting to witness the benefits the older generation get from the interactions with the owls is amazing and you meet some right characters.
We had our first big event at Gordon Castle Country Fair and Highland Games this month, the weather on Saturday had other ideas but that didn’t put people off and we met some great people and got our name out there. Sunday the sun came out and lots of people with it we were non stop, people were great and hopefully we will hear from some of you in the future when you make a booking. Our stall resulted in a mid week booking from a lovely couple from Austria who were over on holiday
We had a photography session with a group from Lossiemouth which was fantastic and we really enjoyed it, we can run sessions for any camera clubs or groups.
Next month we look forward to a few events and some school bookings. It’s great to teach kids about the birds, falconry and what we do.
The summer holidays are not far away and after the success at Easter we plan to run another special offer and maybe a couple of mini fun sessions for kids if there is enough interest.
During the holidays we will also be running a couple of photography sessions for individuals to get involved and enjoy an opportunity to photograph the birds, maximum of 5 per session, get in touch for more information or to register interest.
Darren & Clare
Darren and Clare
Husband and wife and owners of Speyside Falconry