EXPERIENCE FALCONRY AND FLYING BIRDS OF PREY IN CHESHIRE AT GAUNTLET EAGLE AND VULTURE PARK

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Graham Bessant

Owner and Founder

Graham is a man with a driving passion for birds of prey that has seen him steer Gauntlet from a fledgling centre with 13 birds to the largest collection in the North of England.


Shelley McKee

Bird Handler

Shelley worked at Gauntlet as a volunteer while studying for her degree. She joined the team as a full-time member of staff in May 2011 after graduating with a Bsc in Animal Management.


Will Long

Bird Handler



Beth Hamer

Bird Handler

Beth joined Gauntlet in 2015 on an apprenticeship while studying for an NVQ in Animal Health.


Samantha Lympany

Bird Handler

Sam has joined us after completing her FdSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfae at Merrist College in Surrey. Sam has worked in various animal jobs before joining Gauntlet, most recently at Marwell Wildlife within the bird section.


Jordan

Bird Handler

Jordan joined the team after volunteering after completing his BSc hons Zoology degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

"Working at Gauntlet Birds of Prey has given me fantastic opportunities to expand and develop my knowledge as well as gaining lots of hands on experience dealing with the care, handling and control of the birds"

He can be found at our Knowsley Safari Park site most days flying Vega the Bald Eagle (amongst others) and taking more selfies with the birds then we have seen before!


Joe Mullin

Apprentice Bird Handler

Joe joined Gauntlet in March and is completing an apprenticeship in animal care through Gauntlet and Reaseheath College.

"I wanted to build up experience working with awesome birds and get the skills to improve and benefit me in the future."

He can be found running many of our hands on experiences, or having a special chat to Nigel our Brahiminy kite


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