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Old 29-06-2010, 12:55 PM
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ok here goes I will add to it as I think of things!

1.books I would recommend:
Lee william harris 'falconry for beginners' reason easy to follow
Any by Emma Ford or Jemima parry jones
'Hawkcraft' by anders veornoth Reason:Excellant parts about hunting game

2.Im not currently involved with any clubs but Iam applying for membership of:
Cheshire Hawking Club
BFC is also something newbies should consider.

3.I do not know of any LANTRA assessors other than
Mid wales Falconry
Cheshire falconry centre
And also Cheshire Hawking club have two assesors

4.The vets I use are also specilaist avian vets

RHIANFA VETS
Russell road
RHYL
North wales
01745 332553

John Bickerton is the main vet, and I have found him excellant at any time of day or night! even over the slightest worry he also is not overpriced and is a straight up kind of man!

5.
I always use exotic direct for my insurance for the business as they will tailor it to what I want and always try to undercut other insurance companies quotes unlike some who have a like it or lump it attitude.
0800 626012 or
Http://www.exoticdirect.co.uk

6.Good centres are:
To see an excellant demo of flying and some items of falconry equipment to buy and a look round some birds etc I would recomend
Cheshire Falconry and Waterlife centre
Mid wales Falconry where excellant when I rung for some course advice and they also do LANTRA courses
Cheshire Hawking club have as previously stated excellant LANTRA assesors

And for people in North wales go see the displays at Pen y bryn Falconry which are a great bunch of people and will certainly help with anything you ask!
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Old 29-06-2010, 01:06 PM
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I would say the key things would be:

1. Do your research.
2. Try to find someone experienced to help
3. Join a club and/or do a Falconry course

Do the above BEFORE you get any BOP and DONT try to learn falconry from an internet forum.
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Old 29-06-2010, 03:49 PM
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Thank you to everyone, lets hope the input continues to pour in. Here's a few things from me...

Books:
Falconry Basics by Tony Hall
Training Birds of Prey by Jemima Parry-Jones
Falconry The Essential Guide by Steve Wright
Falconry and Hawking by Phillip Glasier
Hawking and Falconry for Beginners by Adrian Hallgarth
Understanding Birds of Prey by Nick Fox
Www.falconrybooks.com

The BFC encourage the Lantra Award for all members and have assessors in every region, many centres do as well.
Http://www.britishfalconersclub.co.uk/
The British Falconers' Club ,
Westfield,
Meeting Hill,
Worstead,
North Walsham,
Norfolk,
NR28 9LS,
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 (0) 1692-404057


The majority of centres do a day/weekend/weekend course allowing you to experience some of the responsiblities of being a Falconer.

Neil Forbes does various courses throughout the year throughout the country for Avian First Aid, Diet, etc - very much worth attending! He also has a Veterinary Hospital in Swindon.
Http://www.gwreferrals.com/
Great Western Referrals
Unit 10 Berkshire House,
County Park,
Shrivenham Road,
Swindon SN1 2NR
Tel: 01793 603 800


Food Suppliers:
Honeybrook Farm who can deliver..
Http://www.honeybrookfarm.com/
Old Station Yard,
Birmingham Road,
Blackminster,
Evesham,
Worcestershire,
WR11 7TD
Tel: 0800 1971777

Insurance:
Exotic Direct
Http://www.exoticdirect.co.uk/
0800 626012

Golden Valley
Http://www.goldenvalleyinsurance.co.uk/
0845 226 1303

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Old 29-06-2010, 04:49 PM
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Also i'd recommend you are a responsible falconer and register your bird with the Independent Bird Register. This way IF you do lose your bird then you can report it lost or stolen, and if someone finds it they can ring the IBR and get it back to you asap Neil and Juliana are top people and very helpful!
http://www.independentbirdregister.c...site/Home.html
Tiercel House
Falcon Close
Scotton
North Yorkshire
DL9 3RB
Phone: 01748 830 112

It is also highly recommended that you invest in Telemetry before you get your bird so that once it is flying free you have a chance of finding it yourself.
It is costly but so it losing your bird, it quite quickly makes up for it if you manage to lose your ú200 Harris Hawk 3 or 4 times a year. A lot cheaper than buying a new bird if you think about it.
Here are some suppliers...
Falconry Electronics Ltd.
http://www.falconryelectronics.co.uk/
19 Chestnut Close
Greetland
Halifax
West Yorkshire
HX4 8HX
Phone: 01422 376 127

Marshall Radio Telemetry
http://marshallradio.com/marshall-ra...itish-falconry
01618 706518
or you can pm MarshallDirect on here for some advice by the link below
Http://falconryforum.co.uk/member.php?u=11928

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Good thread Jen. I think the info collected here will supplement the starter pack nicely. We can talk about the best format to present it in once people have had a good opportunity to make a positive contribution.
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Old 29-06-2010, 11:14 PM
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Yet another thing to bare in mind is if you are in rented accommodation make sure you get permission to keep your bird or you could end up getting rid of it as quickly as you got it.

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Old 30-06-2010, 12:03 AM
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Another thing....

As M.Starks has said you need to make sure you have got permission of the person who owns your house if it isn't you. There's no point getting a bird and having to find a new home for it six months down the line because the "landlord said no".

Also before you even commit to owning a bird you need adequate land for it! It is vital, and that you have quarry to suit.
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Old 30-06-2010, 08:13 AM
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Yet another thing to bare in mind is if you are in rented accommodation make sure you get permition to keep your bird or you could end up getting rid of it as quick as you got it
Hi mark could you do a similar one for croydon area?

If one person from each area could do this it would certainly build into a useful reference

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Old 30-06-2010, 04:33 PM
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BOOKS
1.The modern falconer (by Diana Durman Walters)
2.falconry for Beginners (by Lee William Harris)
3.falconry on a wind and a prey (Nick Hammond) my favorite
If you dont have a lot of cash you can always go to the local library this also gives you a chance to read the books and if you find them to your interest you can go out and buy them

FOOD SUPPLIERS
I get mine from Honeybrook Farm. (hhtp://www.honeybrookfarm.com)
A good tip is to try and find some more people in your area and club together and order for all of you as this will cut the delivery costs as this will give you a opportunity to meet with new falconers

VETS
Anwell Veterinery Centre
41 Brighton Road
Coulsdon
Surrey
CR5 2BF
Telephone number 0208 668 6151
Okay for your basic needs and advise or micro chipping ect...
But for more serious needs I go to :

Seers Croft Veterinary Surgery
Tower Road
Faygate
Near Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 4SD
Telephone number 01293 8511 22
email vets@seercroft.co.uk

INSURANCE
I use E&L insurance as it caters for all my needs. I suggest you go online and have a look around to find the right one for you and your pocket.
You will find a lot of them will taylor to your own needs

FALCONRY CENTRE
The Hawking Centre
Doddington Place Gardens
Doddington
Kent
ME9 0BB
Telephone number 0845 8388 789

Great day out for all your family but mostly you
Dont forget to tell your partner this is a family day out

FALCONRY COURSE
Eagle Heghts
http://ww.eagleheights.co.uk
If you go on the website it will give u all the info you need (A1 place for courses and days out)

interesting site www.parahawking
Worth a look just to see what can be done with your birds if u have the knowledge

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Old 30-06-2010, 06:45 PM
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Hi

Does anyone else want to contribute?

How about you guys up north in scotland?

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