1st National Conference: Sponsored by The Falconry App – NOW SOLD OUT!


Please note that all local and main routes are clear.  Blowing snow has caused a few minor drifts on small country roads. No reports of traffic problems locally.    The venue is just 10 minutes from M1  with no expected problems.

Conference will go ahead as planned.



Official Conference Sponsors:

” Bringing Falconry Management into the 21st Century”

Tickets now sold out.  Please register here and we’ll let you know if any cancelled tickets become available:



The 1st National Conference of Bird of Prey Professionals will be held on March 19th 2018. at Kilworth Springs LE17 6HJ.

The theme of this year’s conference will be :

2018 – year of  “business threats and business opportunities”,

–  how to prepare your business for an uncertain future

Don’t miss out!  Attendee numbers strictly limited.

Book an  ‘early bird’ ticket now to avoid disappointment and save!

Who should attend?

If you engage in any of these activities, then this conference is specifically for you :

  • bird of prey equipment supplies
  • bird control using birds of prey
  • static and flying displays
  • educational / school visits
  • rescue and rehabilitation of raptors (non-commercial)
  • breeding / conservation of raptors
  • bird of prey courses
  • Hawk walks and experience days
  • Bird of prey art and portraits
  • etc


An engaging and informative panel of speakers has been secured to talk about the threats and opportunities arising in 2018.


9.30 – Registration and refreshments

10.30 – Welcome and housekeeping – About Raptor Awards

10.50 – Word from Conference Sponsor – New Technology: launch of a new product for the bird of prey professional

11.00 – Zoo Licenses: New Husbandry and Management Guidelines for demonstration birds (Mark Habben)

11.35 – Licensing fees and potential impact of Brexit: reporting on the proposed increases in fees for issuing wildlife licences and considerations of a post-Brexit world (Graham Irving)

12.05 Influencing the legislators – how can we work together to ensure new legislation works for us (Gordon Mellor)

12.40 – Break for networking and lunch

13.40 – Afternoon session begins – Introduction

13.50 – Question Panel – taking questions on any aspect of the mornings talks

14.30 – Bob Dalton – Project Lugger and any questions

14.45 – Social enterprise and partnership working – benefits of partnership working to generate business growth and any questions (Nicky Kent)

15.15 – Moving forward – New Business Proposals and Opportunities and any questions (Derek Hartshorne)

16.00 – Conference closes

Advertiser Pack

Advertiser pack – for equipment manufacturers, insurers and others trade suppliers.   Would you like to communicate with our conference attendees?

If you purchase one of our Advertiser packs you will be entitled to:

  • insert up to two A4  / A5 leaflets, or one A4 / A5 booklet plus your business cards in the delegate welcome pack
  • display at the venue 1 ‘pull-up’ display banner (banners may be sent to the organisers in advance if required)
  • receive an attendees list for marketing purposes

Please note that there is no need for advertisers to attend in person at the conference.  However, the Advertiser Pack does not include an attendance ticket which should be purchased separately if required.

If you would like to mount a small exhibition / sales desk in addition to this standard Advertiser Pack, please contact us at admin@raptorawards.co.uk for details of space availability and price.