New Instructor training

Seen here working hard to get to grips with the International and Occupation Standards for Bird of Prey Welfare a new intake of Instructor/assessors undertake continuing professional development at our latest ‘standardisation event’ They are at the start of their journey to be accepted into the growing Raptor Awards Network of …

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The Case for Occupational Standards for Bird of Prey Keepers and Professionals In many roles and occupations, the knowledge and skills that an individual must hold in order to be considered ‘trained’ and ‘qualified’ are perfectly clear. This normally involves the completion of specific qualifications[1] which describe and assess those …

Raptor Awards published

Raptor Awards has been published in the Autumn 2016 edition of the Falconers and Raptor Conservation magazine. In the article we feed back on the results of the survey we conducted to establish the appetite for occupational standards for bird of prey keepers and professionals. We also give an overview …

Falconry Weekend

Raptor Awards were present with our very own stand at the recent Falconry Weekend held at the International Bird of Prey Centre in Newent, Gloucestershire. We were pleased to find that there is a real appetite for accredited training and assessment and were able to direct many interested people to …

Hawk Board endorses Raptor Awards

On the 8th August 2016 we received formal confirmation that Raptor Awards has been officially recognised by The Hawk Board.

“The Hawk Board, is the recognised representative body for all hawk & owl keepers in the UK. It’s functions are to liaise closely with DEFRA in keeping a continuous watch on future legislation, both at home and in the EU, which might, either deliberately or inadvertently, adversely affect the keeping of birds of prey. It also advises on all aspects of birds of prey welfare, registration, licencing etc”.

Dr Gordon Mellor, Hawk Board Chairman said “we recognise that you … have gained considerable traction with falconry and bird of prey professionals and course givers. We would like to support you in this.

The Directors of Raptor Awards would like to thank The Hawk Board and it’s members for this important endorsement.

Network meeting takes place

20 representatives attended Raptor Awards network meeting on 30 June at the International Bird of Prey Centre (ICBP). Much discussion took place that will inform our Quality Strategy and the development of standards and courses going forward. What was clear from the meeting is that members very much welcome the …

Network launched!

GREAT NEWS! After extensive discussions with Falconry Schools, Bird of Prey Centres and other interested parties we have now launched the Raptor Awards Training Providers network. We are pleased to finally be able to confirm that we are ‘all systems go’, with everything now in place for all Bird of Prey …