Adult Events

Guided walks giving you the unique opportunity to birdwatch on quiet areas of private land in the company of professional, knowledgeable guide, Graham Giddens.
With the exception of the Dawn Chorus Walk, all walks begin at 9am and run for approximately 2 hours. Please wear dark colours. Paths may be muddy and wet, so wear walking boots or wellies with a good grip.
Cost: £12.00 per walk per person, Friends £10.00. Numbers are limited on each walk so book early. Full details will be sent upon booking.

Sunday 8th: Heathland and Woodland Birds, near Hatchet Pond at 9am-11am
WE SHOULD SEE: summer migrants and plenty of bird song.


Saturday 14th June 9.30am – 12.30pm with local, experienced chicken enthusiast Jeannette Owens at the Out of Town Centre 

The course will cover: basic anatomy, egg production and rearing chicks, breeds, common diseases, housing, feeding, cleaning, protection from foxes and rats, rescue hens, where to buy chickens and products plus some personal chicken keeping stories. During the session there will be an opportunity to see different breeds of chicken, housing types and to practise handling. The course will teach you everything you need to know to get started with raising chickens at home. 

Cost: £20.00 per person, Friends of the Trust: £17.50 
Advance booking and payment only.

with Jamie Corrie

Two dates: Saturday 19th July and Saturday 25th October 9.30am –6.00pm
at the Treehouse Study Centre

The aim of this course is for everyone to learn about and get practical experience in how to utilise all the parts of a deer
carcass. Leave with fresh venison you have butchered yourself.

The course will cover:
• Discussions on the issues surrounding deer numbers and reasons for culling
• Skinning and preparation of the hide for tanning
• Butchering Masterclass
• Cooking and preserving the meat
• Antlers for tools and toys
• Sinew for string
• Sit down taster meal a

Cost: £120 per person, Friends of the Trust: £110 (maximum of 8 people)
Advance booking and payment only.

31st October – 3rd November 2014 9.30 am – 5.30 pm daily (camping will be available). With Jamie Corrie at the Treehouse Study Centre

The aim is for everyone to make a primitive flat bow from a single piece of wood and shoot it with their hand crafted arrows. During the course you will have the chance to shoot on our field archery range where full tuition will be given from qualified instructors.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Cost: £300 for 4 days (includes all materials, food and camping)

Wed 6th Aug from 7.30pm – 9.00pm

Join our Education Officers for a dusk walk to look for Roe, Fallow and Red deer and other wildlife along the way at Blackwater. 
Cost: £6.00 per person. Friends of the Trust: £5.00 
Tues 5th, 12th & 19th Aug - 10.00 am – 12.00midday. At the Treehouse Study Centre

Select your materials from our woodland and create your own besom broom to take away. Using traditional woodcraft tools and techniques. 
Suitable for adults and children aged 10 yrs+ . Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. 
Cost: £15.00 per person. Friends of the Trust: £12.00

Mon 4th, 11th & 18th Aug 10.30am – 12.00midday. At the Out of Town Centre

Learn the basics of bare bow shooting and take part in some archery games. 

No experience needed, suitable for adults and children aged 8yrs+. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. All archery sessions are led by GNAS qualified staff from the Countryside Education Trust
Cost: £15.00 per person. Friends of the Trust: £12.00

ADVENTURE ARCHERY - field archery in an enclosed woodland setting 
Wed 6th, 13th & 20th Aug 2.00pm - 4pm. At the Treehouse Study Centre. 

Move around the course, shooting at a variety of targets from different distances and elevations. 

Suitable for adults and children aged 12+ yrs. No experience necessary as instruction will be given by GNAS qualified staff from the Countryside Education Trust
Cost: £25 per person. Friends of the Trust £20


with Falconer Paul Manning at the Out of Town Centre, Beaulieu

Paul is a fully accredited LANTRA falconry assessor, has practised falconry for over 20 years and is chairman of the Wessex Falconry & Hampshire Hawking Club.

4 Day Beginning Falconry LANTRA accredited course
Tues 27th – Fri 30th May
This is a fully LANTRA accredited course and works towards the LANTRA/Hawk 
Board Beginning Falconry Certificate.

Cost: £395.00 per person, Friends £375.00

“Introduction to Falconry” - A Falconry experience

During this half day session you will gain a basic understanding of birds of prey, their training and care whilst providing a hands-on experience holding and flying falconry birds. 
One to one sessions available Mon-Fri.

Sat 14th June, Sun 6th July, Sun 14th September, 10.00am – 1.30pm

Cost: £50.00 per person, Friends of the Trust £45.00. 
Additional dates available on request.

Birds of Prey - Falconry Photography Day
Saturday 29th June 10.00am - 4.00pm
The day starts with a short Introduction to falconry, followed by an opportunity to photograph birds of prey in flight, working and posed in their natural habitat.  Working closely with Falcons, Hawks and Amber, the European Eagle Owl.
Cost: £50.00 per person, Friends of the Trust £45.00 including refreshments (Please bring your own packed lunch) 

Additional courses are available on request.
Why not buy a falconry session as a Birthday or Special gift? Gift Vouchers available.

IMPORTANT for all falconry bookings and enquiries, please contact Paul or Mandy Manning: Tel. 01794 368487 or email:

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