Leading falconry display team in Coates offer bird of prey days and fine dining

John Hill of CJs Birds of Prey

John Hill of CJs Birds of Prey - Credit: Archant

A chef, who has trained some of the leading cooks in the country, is offering a four course meal and a bird of prey hunting day as part of a new experience package being offered in the Coates area.

Jose of CJs Birds of Prey

Jose of CJs Birds of Prey - Credit: Archant

José Souto, who trains budding chefs at Westminster College in London, along with his wife Charlotte and father in law John Hill have devised the experience package after 11 years of building the family firm into one of the leading bird of prey display teams in the country.

CJs Birds of Prey has 40 birds which are taken to game fairs and specialist shows around the country as well as booked for displays at weddings and school fetes with a flying team including eagles, hawks, buzzards, falcons and owls.

Now, to add to the repertoire they are offering a hunting course which includes enjoying a four course meal cooked by Jose, whose latest string to his bow is publishing a book called The Game Larder.

Mr Hill said: “The book is getting an official launch in London. The new hunt and meal experience ties in with it.

Jose of CJs Birds of Prey has written a recipe book

Jose of CJs Birds of Prey has written a recipe book - Credit: Archant


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“We started 11 years ago and have been building up the business ever since. My daughter Charlotte developed an interest in birds of prey as a young girl when I took her to falconry centres around the country.

“After leaving school she studied for two years on an animal care course and then worked at the National Bird of Prey Centre at Newent.

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“She worked with many of leading people in this field in countries like Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Japan and Australia.”

In 2013 husband and wife team Charlotte and José introduced their then four year old son Luis to the public in the arena. He is now taking a great deal of interest in the birds and he is the future of falconry family firm and the team.

Couples book CJs Birds of Prey for their wedding

Couples book CJs Birds of Prey for their wedding - Credit: Archant

Mr Hill said: “Although we go to game fairs and shows around the country a lot of people still don’t know about us locally. We can tailor displays to whatever people need.”

To find out more visit their website or Facebook page.

Charlotte Souto of CJs Birds of Prey

Charlotte Souto of CJs Birds of Prey - Credit: Archant

The Game Larder by Jose Souto

The Game Larder by Jose Souto - Credit: Archant

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