How to become a bird of prey specialist: Florrie's story

Meet Florrie to find out more about life as a bird of prey specialist. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

Chris Packham and David Attenborough have been great inspirations to me.

  • Florrie was home-schooled from Year 2 onwards, which allowed her to focus on the subjects she loved
  • She fell in love with birds of prey when she did her Gold Award and Nature Ranger Award with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • She has now set up her own company, Fab Falconry. She attends events with her birds of prey and delivers educational talks to students in schools.

Florrie's career path

What to expect if you want to be an ornithologist (bird specialist)

  • Bird specialist salary: £18,000 to 35,000 average per year
  • Bird specialist working hours: 30 to 40 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be an ornithologist (bird specialist)?

  • Typical entry requirements: None specifically for the job that Florrie does, but if you want to be approved as a bird warden by the British Trust for Ornithology you’ll need a ringing permit and experience as a birdwatcher. You’ll need some experience of ringing birds and bird watching to become an assistant warden.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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