As a school boy at the age of 13, Leigh Holmes had a passion for flying birds of prey after owning his first Barn Owl ‘Lucy’. Choosing to spend his time researching and training many different species of Bird of Prey, Leigh set up The Hawking Centre at the age of 19 in 1998. The Hawking Centre is based on the private estate of Doddington Place Gardens, Kent where they house over 25 incredible birds including Bald and Chilean Eagles along with Owls, Hawks and the beautiful white Gyr Falcon who can be seen flying in this years Kent County Show. The centre runs luxury falconry experience days which have been voted number 2 out or 1436 attractions in Kent as the best place to visit by Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor.
At this years Kent Count Show there will be Birds of Prey demonstrations for people to watch throughout the three days. These will all be in the Countryside Ring and there will be one in the morning and one in the afternoon, in the morning the display will be at 11am on all three days with the afternoon displays at 2:30pm on Friday and Saturday and 2pm on Sunday. These displays are known to being very entertaining and have an impressive static display of birds of prey on perches with name badges and Falconers on hand to answer questions,crowd engaging flying demonstrations show the amazing feats of the birds in flight, from the delicate Owls which swoop over the crowds heads, to the simulated hunting skills of the Hawks, the size and majesty of the Eagle to the high speed dexterity of the Peregrine Falcon reaching over 125 miles per hour. It is a very interactive display and audience participation is often used as children are normally invited into the ring! For more information visit http://www.thehawkingcentre.co.uk/index.php