Therapy with Birds of Prey
As from January 2016 I am combining part of my Falconry Business 'Kingfisher Falconry' with Kingfisher Health to bring together the many therapeutic benefits spending time with birds of prey brings.
Medical science has proven that spending time with any animals helps us on so many levels. It has been well documented in many medical journals that the therapeutic visits by animals in hospices, hospitals and nursing homes gives wide-ranging benefits - for some people pain relief, lifting depression, anxiety, etc. In many care establishments animals help stimulate the mind and promote wellbeing.
In young hyper-sensitive children being close to birds of prey helps bring calmness and gives them a sense of responsibility. Their energy becomes totally focused on the birds and how to look after them.
I have worked for the past 7 years with a mixed range of people in which my birds have been used as a form of therapy, e.g. visiting St. Margaret's Hospice regularly with my owls and falcons; spending time with people undergoing rehabilitation from surgery (helping their motor skills and posture through holding the birds); helping people with depression and anxiety to become focused on the animals allowing them to gain confidence and joy; helping disabled young adults gain self-confidence and patience whilst holding and flying the birds; and anyone who simply just wants time out from the stresses of everyday living to come and sit with the birds and enjoy the closeness with them.
Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group, either 1 or 2 hours depending on what is needed. A typical session may include only handling the birds, or simply taking a bird for a walk on the glove, or perhaps walking and flying the hawk to the glove concentrating on the therapeutic needs of the client. Please give me a call to discuss your requirements.
All my birds are very happy to be handled and flown by the public. I hold Full Public Liability Insurance for Kingfisher Falconry and am CRB (DBS) cleared to work with children and young adults.
Sessions take place at designated sites across Somerset.
Costs for individual sessions for 1.5 hours are £60, 2 hours £80.
Group costs - price on application.