Bird of prey inspections

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Course outline:

This is an online course developed specifically to support Local Authority Inspectors and others who may need to visit bird of prey establishments to inspect for Animal Activities Licensing or other reasons.

Raptor Awards holds and maintains the International Bird of Prey Standards, and participated in the consultations during the development stage of the AAL Inspector guidance.

This 8 module online programme will help you to prepare for an AAL or other inspection visit and will specifically highlight signs of good bird of prey husbandry and welfare. In addition, real life examples of poor husbandry, compromised welfare and poor staff competence are given to help you identify establishments of concern.

After completing the course you will be able to more confidently enter bird of prey establishments and be able to carry out effective licensing visits.

Candidates studying this course may contact Raptor Awards for additional support if required.

This course is eligible for BASIS Prime CPD Points, or for CPD hours where required. Please contact Raptor Awards for more details.


(Insp.) 2. Introduction to birds of prey

An introduction to birds of prey What are birds of prey? They are birds that feed on the flesh of other animals including other birds. Their beaks and talons will reflect this. Note: For simplicity in this course we use the term ‘birds of prey’ to include all types of falcons, hawks, eagles, vultures and owls. […]

(Insp.) 3. Bird of prey housing

Bird of prey housing For AAL Inspectors there is official guidance on sizes of permanent and temporary accommodation which will not be repeated here.   The link will take you straight to the relevant guidance notes.  These may also be useful to non AAL individuals who need to visit premises for inspection purposes.   AAL Guidance […]

(Insp.) 4. Tethering

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Tethering. Many people might consider tethered birds of prey to be compromised in some way, or to be living in less than ideal conditions. However, this viewpoint is poorly informed and probably stems from familiarity with mammalian pet animals such as dogs and cats. Hunting birds of prey have been routinely tethered for at least […]

(Insp.) 5. Water

Water. It is a legal requirement that all birds are provided daily with clean fresh water for drinking and bathing. However, there may be occasions when water is withdrawn from birds of prey for welfare reasons, and it is important for you to be able to judge if the law is being met whilst the […]

(Insp.) 6. Enrichment

Enrichment. Birds of prey are predators and as such they spend a lot of their time doing very little. It is normal for them to sit still for hours at a time.    As a general rule, if they have nothing specific to do then they are perfectly content doing nothing.  Therefore, for most types […]

(Insp.) 7. Exercise and birds of prey

Exercise Note.  The term ‘flying condition’ means that the bird of prey is fit both physically and mentally.  It has the correct balance of muscle to fat (lots of muscle and very little fat).  It is weighed and inspected every day and it’s diet managed to reflect the amount of work done (energy used during […]

(Insp.) 8. Staff training and competence

Staff training and competence Note: The Animal Activities Licensing Regulations require full staff training records to be kept, and these should form part of the inspection regime and licensing decision making process.   Other individuals visiting bird of prey premises may not have the same responsibility to inspect training records.  However, good staff training leads to […]