CJ’s Birds of Prey started out as one woman with 5 birds. Now they are a full team and can offer tailored Birds of Prey Experiences.
A session spent in the Hertfordshire countryside at Westmill Farm near Ware or at Harvest Barn Farm, Farcet, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, on a one-to-one basis, ‘up close and personal’ with over nine of our magnificent species of birds; looking at all the aspects that set them apart from each other and discovering what makes them the perfect hunter.
You will see the differences in style, character and ability between these masters of the sky. You will also have the experience of handling and flying a variety of our birds to the fist and have a fantastic view of your own close up display with the falcons. You will be getting close to all of the team, giving you the perfect photographic opportunity.
Charlotte first developed a keen interest in Birds of Prey as a young girl after being taken to various Falconry Centres around the UK by her father John. After leaving School Charlotte studied for 2 years on an Animal Care Course at Moulton College of Agriculture where she further advanced her knowledge and also obtained several voluntary part-time jobs and work experience placements at a number of Birds of Prey Centres.
Upon finishing her course Charlotte was offered a position at the National Bird of Prey Centre at Newent. From there she went on to gain a vast amount of experience in the art of falconry whilst working and collaborating with many of the leading authorities in this field in countries such as Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan and Australia. This is obvious to the audiences and spectators who watch with interest and amazement at the spectacular flying displays that she gives with her birds which include a variety of Falcons, Hawks, Buzzards, Owls and Eagles.
Charlotte’s husband José is an important and integral member of the team who takes a key role in the Falconry shows and displays. José is a well-known and highly respected Falconer and his interest in Falconry goes back almost 30 years.
He has been an active member of the British Hawking Association and served as Chairman for 5 years. He has also lectured to Falconers in Spain and has hunting experience around the UK and in Spain and the USA.
Jose Souto is an award-winning game cook and chef lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College.
9.30 Tea and Coffee on arrival
10.00 introduction to many different species of birds with a walk around our bird lawn
11.00 out to the Paddock to experience the thrill of flying 2 or 3 species of birds
12.00 / 12.30 3 course Lunch with wine prepared by Game Chef Jose L Souto
2.00 weather permitting fly some more birds
3.00 tea and coffee finish