The team at Puxton Park Falconry Centre are passionate about promoting conservation and the history of falconry. Meet our Falconers who will show these beautiful birds of prey up close in a natural environment. Then there’s our ridable miniature train that runs on a ground level, scale model railway track around our conservation area.
Our skilled falconer will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained. You will discover first-hand, what makes these magnificent creatures masters of the skies and gain insight and understanding of our beautiful birds of prey. You can catch shows every day at 1 pm (weather permitting and unless otherwise advertised)
Birds of prey were very much protected in the middle ages and have helped man throughout the centuries although sadly, we have not always been kind to them. With the introduction of modern agriculture and use of toxic chemicals, industrial farming caused major damage to the native birds of prey, almost totally wiping out the entire population of Peregrine Falcons and other birds of prey in certain areas. At Puxton Park we are doing our utmost to reverse these trends through our dedicated conservation and education programme. We hope that by raising public awareness of the needs and habitats of birds of prey through centres such as ours, we can all play a part in the preservation of these fine creatures to enrich the lives of future generations. Various 1-hour handling experiences are available to book.
Ever wanted to have a close encounter with an owl? Well, now you can! Led by an experienced falconer, you may get the opportunity to fly one of these enigmatic birds. The Owl Encounter runs every weekend and in school holidays at 2 pm for 30-45 minutes in our Animal Discovery Barn.
Puxton Park’s famous Rio Grande locomotive runs every day on our 15 inch track around the lake, farmlands and conservation area within the park. Pick it up from Puxton Station at times that vary throughout the year (please check with reception for seasonal daily schedules). Train rides are free for everyone.
A small copse, with hedgerows and a stream running through it, this area is preserved and used by visitors to the park and educational groups to learn more about Britain's native species. For those who fancy a little adventure, there is a mini adult course, with balance chains, monkey bars and climbing steps.