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WELCOME TO THE CHASE I hope you enjoyed the Falconry Fair as much as I did. I was great to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. The displays were again excellent and the Kestrel flown by Gary Bidiss was incredible my personal highlight. The club celebrated our first year anniversary (a special thank you to Gemma for the cake - it was delicious!) and also we managed to raise over £900 for the Campaign of Falconry and Help for Heros. Well done to everyone who donated prizes and bought tickets and to Lee Featherstone for raising £550 with the sale of one of his 2011 Male Goshawks and well done to Mark Springthorpe for purchasing the goshawk and look forward to reading about his exploits throughout the coming season. I would like to congratulate the club on being elected onto the Hawkboard and to Lee Featherstone, the UKFC’s Chairman who has been has been elected by the club members to act as our representative on the board. Meanwhile, please enjoy this issue of the CHASE and the next edition will be out at the end of July. Neil Davies - Editor neil_davies @ukfalconryforum.com

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CONTENTS

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The Hawk with the Redtail by Adam Robertson

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The George Edward Lodge Trust

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Rehabilitating a Passage Sparrowhawk by Lee Brindley

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Product Review - Marshall Sensor

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The UKFC at the Falconers Fair

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UKFC Members Competition - Win a signed print of a Peregrine Falcon by wildlife artist Steve Greaves

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Wildlife Artist - Martin Ridley

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UK Falconry Club News

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UK Falconry Club Application Form

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Dutch Wildlife Artist - Erna Goudbeek

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The Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event

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International Hood Making Competition

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Advance Tickets Form for the Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event

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Latest news from the Hawk Board

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Cover picture: Peregrine © Steve Greaves: www.stevegreaves.com The Chase is the bi-monthly newsletter of the UK Falconry Club. Articles written by contributors are not necessarily those of the UK Falconry Club, Publishers or the Editorial team. If you wish to advertise or submit an article for The Chase. Please contact the Editor, Neil Davies by email: neil_davies@ukfalconryforum.com

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The Hawk with the Redtail by Adam Robertson

THE HAWK WITH THE

REDTAIL

When I was asked by Neil Davies, if I would like to write an article about hawking with a Red Tail, I welcomed the opportunity. However, as I have not been practising falconry for as long as some, I was initially unsure what to write, as I do not have the years of experience to fall back on.

In the end I decided to share the day, that for me, was the most significant. The day when we made our first kill. I had acquired my male Red Tail, who was named “Red”, when he was two years old.

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Some would say not the best bird to start with, one that had already been trained and it was only because I had previously handled and flown him, that I decided to take him on. He had no vices, and after only a short time of manning, became very pleasant on the fist, which was just as well, as it was from the fist he had been hunted in the past. For me the most significant day was, when together, we made our first kill. On the day, we were flying over a small farm, which was located not far from my home. Of the 450 acres available, there were around five

different areas where you could be fairly sure to find a large number of rabbits. It was late in the afternoon, and we had seen quite a few, but none had offered him a good slip. However it was in the last field where our fortunes were to change. One edge of the field was bordered by a small area of gorse and brambles, stretching down into a wooded area. Where these areas met, out in the field was a dip in the ground where on previous outings, we had seen rabbits feeding.


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I knew from having explored the area prior to flying “Red” on the farm, that the main warren was roughly 30 meters back into the wooded area from the the edge of the field. We were about 60 meters from the dip, meaning he would have to make up the ground pretty quickly if the rabbit ran straight away. Realising that it was now or never, I slipped him down towards the rabbit. He had left the fist with a purpose and now he was powering down towards his quarry. The rabbit had started to run but had not got far. The bird threw up vertically 15 feet above it, then folding his wings back, he stooped, crashing down into a small patch of brambles. He had caught it and as I made into him, I could see that he had it expertly controlled. It was dispatched, he was allowed to feed off it, and as it was getting late, we made our way back home. For anyone with their first bird, I think that the first day that the hawk makes a kill will always be one of the most significant and it certainly was for me. I have gone on to have many great days out with this versatile bird and I am looking forward to having many more.

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The George Edward Lodge Trust www.georgeedwardlodgetrust.co.uk.

THE GEORGE EDWARD LODGE TRUST The George Edward Lodge Trust was set up in 2007 to further awareness of the life and work of this outstanding artist and naturalist. The Trust will build up a directory of artwork and artefacts of the artist with a view to making it available to those wishing to gain a greater understanding of him and his artwork and techniques. It will build an historical picture of falconry in the 19th and early 20th centuries based particularly upon the artwork, records and diaries of George Edward Lodge, but also expanding to incorporate other sources as these become available. George Edward Lodge 1860 – 1954

George Lodge was born at Horncastle in Lincolnshire. He was an accomplished taxidermist, beginning with his first subject, an owl, at the age of twelve. As a student at the Lincoln School of Art he was awarded fourteen prizes for drawing and later became an expert wood engraver. As a young man he travelled widely, visiting Ceylon, Japan and the West Indies. A great sportsman, he particularly enjoyed the annual visits to Scotland and to the salmon rivers of Norway, from which countries he gathered much material for his work on raptors. He was a keen falconer and spent the last part of his life in a house at Camberley in Surrey, which he named, appropriately, Hawk House. Lodge wrote his only book ‘Memoirs of an Artist Naturalist’ at the age of eighty-five. He was, however, a prolific illustrator, best remembered for his superb illustrations for Dr.Bannerman’s twelve volumes of ‘The Birds of the British Isles’. The George Edward Lodge Trust has been recently established to encourage awareness in the life and work of George Lodge. For more information please contact: www.georgeedwardlodgetrust.co.uk

Trustees

Brian Bird, Chairman and Falconer Oliver Swann, Proprietor of Tryon Gallery, London Judith Magill, George Lodge Family Representative

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George Lodge in his Camberley studio 1947

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George Edward Lodge: An Artist’s Perspective on Falconry

This book is the first to be published by the George Edward Lodge Trust. ‘Compiled to educate the non-falconer, and with the falconer in mind...’ The book is dedicated to the late Thomas Mann of Hyde Hall, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire – ‘with whom George Lodge found falconry and friendship’. The articles and extracts are chosen to illustrate the life and work of the artist George Lodge, and especially his association with falconry. It includes, in full, E.B. Michell’s article, ‘MODERN FALCONRY’, from The English illustrated Magazine, 1885-1886, which George Lodge illustrated. Also a number of pieces by and about Lodge, some of them previously unpublished. ISBN: 9780956294609

Price: £15.00 + £3.00 P&P To order copies please send payment to: George Edward Lodge

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George Lodge with Gyr Falcon

The Noble Art from George Lodge’s notes Extract from ‘An Artist’s Perspective on Falconry’

very fairly flat will be the only chance for a falconer to be able even to keep his hawk in sight during a flight.

It is good to know that at this present date, 1935, the noble art (for it is an art as well as a sport) of falconry has by means died out, rather, the reverse is the case; as there are a goodly number of young and enthusiastic devotees of the sport, even among members of some of our Public Schools; and there has also recently been formed the “British Falconers’ Club.” Most of the members of which, train and fly their own hawks, as the Club does not attain to the luxury of having a professional falconer attached to it, and many a head of quarry do they annex with their peregrines, goshawks, merlins and sparrowhawks. Rooks and crows are the quarry of the peregrines, as game hawking means renting a “shoot”, and not only that, but in a suitable country for flying hawks at game, and in the whole length and breadth of the British Isles very few districts are at all suitable, the whole country being much too much enclosed. Wide open spaces with fences and trees few and far between being quite essential for any reasonable success – and for grouse hawking moors that are

Once over a skyline and the chances of a hawk being lost is very great; as not only has the direction of the flight been lost, but if a kill has taken place there is no knowing the distance it may be away, much less the direction and a hawk on its quarry among broken ground and heather is not to be seen unless it has been marked down when the kill takes place, and if it is a mile away – what then? She takes her pleasure on her quarry, and a long time at that, and afterwards flies off and sits on a stone for perhaps hours while she digests her meal, at such a time taking no notice of lures that she may see swinging a mile away, or anything else, and so another “lost hawk”. When a hawk is lost, and left out all night, it is well to be in the neighbourhood at day break the next morning, when she may very likely be taken up, especially if another hawk is flown to the lure, when the lost hawk, if she is anywhere near, will be very liable to join in the flight, and so be taken down again all right.


Peregrines From George Lodge’s notes Peregrines vary very considerably in colour; some individuals being very dark on upper plumage, and heavily spotted and barred below, while others are light blue grey, and much less heavily marked on lower plumage. But whether dark or light, they are always darker on head and upper part of back on shoulders and towards tip of tail, than elsewhere. Sometimes the darker coloured birds are much more richly coloured on lower plumage than are the lighter birds, the upper part of breast and sides of breast being a rich salmon colour, and in some extreme cases this colour is extended over the whole of the lower plumage; but as a rule the flank feathers, and leg feathers are much greyer in colour than the rest of the under plumage. In my collection I have one of these richly coloured birds, a falcon, from an eyrie at Horn Head, Co. Donegal, and I have been told that the Old Hawking Club used to get these richly coloured peregrines from one of the Horn Head Eyries. It would appear that the colour of peregrines is hereditary, as I have also noticed that all the lundy hawks that I have seen are always very light coloured birds. Tiercels are not as liable to be very dark in colour, or so heavily spotted below, as falcons, the latter being sometimes heavily marked with black spots and streaks right up to the chin. A dark young bird in its first (red) plumage will moult out into a dark adult (blue) plumage, and vice versa, and this type of plumage will be retained through all subsequent moults. Hawks vary very much in disposition, and temperament, some being quite gentle and amenable to discipline compared with others. It is probably generally found that a hot tempered impatient hawk seldom turns out a good one, and that the best and highest couraged hawks are also the best tempered. I take it that one of the most difficult things to cope with in the training of hawks is to be able to appreciate the different temperament of individual hawks, and to diet them accordingly; as some hawks will fly their best only when very hungry, and yet they must be fed sufficiently to prevent them from being weak and light. Other hawks will fly well even when almost fat. But beware of them being too well fed to trouble about hunting; a hawk that hangs about only looking for a lure is no use.

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Rehabilitating

a Passage Sparrowhawk

REHABILITATING

A PASSAGE SPARROWHAWK It has always been an ambition of mine to fly a passage sparrow hawk – something not easily done (legally) here in the UK. In January of this year, I finally got my chance when I was offered the opportunity to rehabilitate a passage female sparrow hawk which had previously broken her leg. The spar was found by a member of the public and handed into a veterinary centre where head vet, Karl Jennings tended to her injury. Karl did an exceptional job and the leg when healed seemed 100% perfect. All that was needed now was to give the hawk a quick ‘test run’ to make sure that everything was in order and she would be once again able to fend for herself in the wild. On 22nd January I collected the spar from Karl’s house. Karl had actually given her a little exercise on the creance once her leg healed but had since left her to rest for several weeks. She had received minimal handling and was now wild and fat. Despite Karl’s best efforts to protect her feathers during her spell in captivity, her tail was showing signs of wear and tear. I removed the tape that had been bound around her tail for protection and found that it had not really served its purpose. I imped all twelve tail feathers and then left her to settle. The following day she fed upon the fist and I continued to feed her light rations (always on the fist) over the course of the following week. She was incredibly steady on the glove and so I began to take her with me as I walked my dogs in the afternoons. As we walked I would occasionally place her upon a fence post (leashed to the glove) and jump her to the fist for a few mouthfuls of food. By 30th January “Connie” (as my two year old son, Reece had now named her) was responsive enough for her first

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The Authors son Reece with ‘Connie’


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Lee Brindley session on the creance. The distance that she was called was extended each day and as her weight fell, her responses improved and she also began to show interest in quarry. When I went into the mews to take her for her daily training session on 4th February, I noticed a great change in her demeanour. Connie leaned forward as I approached - her crest erect and her eyes alert and trained upon my glove. From my experience with Accipiters I recognised the behaviour... she was in yarak! Without further ado, I removed the leash and swivel and went looking for quarry. It was far from ideal conditions for Connie’s maiden flight, being particularly blustery weather. Despite the high winds, our hunting session was a relative success and although we failed to make a kill, Connie chased a few small birds with gusto and appeared to be fit, healthy and almost ready for release. Over the following days whilst hunting with Connie, I felt an emotion which I had not predicted and came as quite a surprise. Although I was having fun flying her, I was now feeling a sense of guilt. I had a strong feeling that Connie did not belong in my possession and it became increasingly important to me that she was returned to the wild as quickly as possible. Of course, it was also important that I was convinced that she was completely capable of survival in the wild before I released her. For the first four days that I flew her, Connie failed to make

a kill. I was starting to get a little concerned but realistically, the weather was so rough that most sparviters would probably have never ventured out! The strong wind persisted throughout every day and was interspersed with heavy showers. On 8th February the weather finally let up. The conditions were cool, dry and still – perfect sparrow hawking weather for the first time! I walked out from my home and headed across the field behind my house. Within five minutes a small bird flushed and in this, Connie’s first flight of the day, she was successfully entered. Over the next few days, the weather remained favourable and we had a good number of exciting flights, many of which were unsuccessful but she appeared to be flying with great determination and with apparently no lasting negative effects from her once injured leg. Flying a passage spar was not what I had expected. Firstly, Connie was incredibly tame. Some of this could be accredited to the time that she spent with Karl before she came to me but I could see little difference in her docility compared to the imprint spars that I have flown. She happily flew over my dogs and even friends’ dogs which she had previously never seen. She was very comfortable on the fist and would not even bate as I jumped down from on top of gates and fence posts. She was also very responsive to the fist and I never needed a

lure to recall her. My son, Reece took quite a shine to Connie and she would happily sit and feed on his fist. In fact there was very little difference between the nature of Connie and a typical imprint sparrow hawk. She would even foot the glove with a pulsating “sticky footed” grip which I had always thought to be an imprint trait rather than a general sparrow hawk trait. One problem that I always had expected to encounter with a passage spar was the vice of carrying. Sure enough, Connie showed signs of an inclination to carry her prey from the outset. Once she had a couple of kills successfully under her belt, I decided that she was fit enough to fend for herself in the wild and that to fly her any longer would be to risk losing her on a kill with all of her equipment on. On the morning of 13th February (just three weeks after she arrived) I gave Connie a full crop of food and cut off her jesses and bell. I went out into the garden with Reece and handed Connie to him. He gently tossed her from his hands and quicker than a dart, she was gone. The following day from the comfort of my bedroom window, I watched a wild sparrow hawk circling over the fields behind my home. It could well have been any resident wild hawk but I felt a certain sense of contentment that it just might be Connie I hope she lives a long and successful life.

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Martin Ridley Wildlife Artist

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Martin has worked as a professional wildlife artist since 1989. When asked what inspires him Martin simply answers “the natural world”. An enthusiastic observer of nature he thoroughly enjoys the creative challenge of capturing his experiences. Graduating in 1988 from the Carmarthenshire College of Technology and Art with the highest awards ever given to a student completing the wildlife illustration course he was not only awarded a distinction but was nominated course, faculty and college student of the year. In 1999 a painting was selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Birds in Art exhibition in the USA. The painting was further selected from the show to go on tour. Works are exhibited annually at The Society of Wildlife Artists of which he has been elected an associate member. April 2000 saw his second successful exhibition at The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Slimbridge. Martin’s work appeared on regional television and he has diversified into giving talks about his work. Spring 2008 was his seventh Artist in Residency at The Society of Wildlife Art of The Nations at Nature in Art, Gloucestershire. A painter of both mammals and birds Martin Ridley has spent much time developing a knowledge of the field, which is clearly reflected in his work. Combined with conceptual composition his attention to animal behaviour, habitat detail and lighting creates an amazingly accurate and artistic record of his nature encounters. Particular attention is given to integrating his subjects into their natural habitat. Any featured rocks and branches are likely to be given as much attention as the animal content. He prefers to depict the wildlife in a setting that records the ìwholeî experience of an encounter and the ìwholeî may be more about the moody landscape than the focal point of a deer placed carefully to offer scale.

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Patterns found within nature hold a particular attraction and are often a key feature within his work. Martin derives much of his satisfaction in the studio by exploring the possibilities of composition. The rendering of weather conditions to create atmospheric situations then enhances this compositional creativity. Inspirations are principally collected during extensive periods of fieldwork when Martin tends to concentrate his observations on one species at a time enabling him to attain an in-depth understanding of behaviour. This has involved activities such as going out in the snow at 4.30am to watch displaying black grouse from a portable hide and nightly visits to badgers and foxes resulting in their eventual habituation to his presence. At The Wildlife Art Society’s 1995 Exhibition at the Westminster Galleries in London, Martin was awarded Best Painting in Show, Best Oil Painting and Best Newcomer. In 1997 he was a finalist in the Laing sponsored seascape and landscape painting competition and in the following year two works were finalists in the touring Nature in Art exhibition. A plethora of Martin’s images have gone into printed circulation including illustrations for books, prints, cards and calendar designs. In the UK work has featured in The Artist, BBC Wildlife, Leisure Painter, The Field and Heritage magazines. In the USA his paintings have illustrated the Wildlife Art magazine and a book entitled “The Best of Wildlife Art”. Works of art have been utilized as covers for the following publications; 1999 autumn issue of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust magazine, the WeBs Wetland Bird Survey 1994-95 and 1997-98. Published images include; several twelve-piece calendars, which were sold in aid of The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the cover image for The Birdwatchers Yearbook and Diary. Original artwork and prints are available from www.martinridley.com

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Martin Ridley Wildlife Artist

Stooping Peregrine © Martin Ridley 2011

Peregrines in pursuit © Martin Ridley 2011

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Peregrine Falcon Š Martin Ridley 2011

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Martin Ridley Wildlife Artist

Hunting Sparrowhawk Š Martin Ridley 2011

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Latest News from

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Ben Miller receiving his prize from Stephen Lea of Marshall Direct The UK Falconry Club are delighted to report that with the efforts of the UK Falconry Club & Forum and former soldier Alex Brown raised £802 for ‘Help for Heroes’ and £142 for the ‘Campaign for Falconry’. The raffle was drawn by Terry Large from the Campaign of Falconry in the main arena on Monday 2nd May at the British Falconry & Raptor Fair, Ragley Hall, Alchester, Warwickshire and a fantastic range of raffle prizes had been generously donated and the Committee of the UKFC, would like to thank all of the individuals and businesses who have generously donated the following prizes for two well deserved causes. Well done to all the people who bought tickets and a list of the prize winners are as follows:

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Prize winners: 1. Copy of AMS (Avian Management System) donated by David Le Mesurier. Won by Rob Neville 2. Carl Bass Framed Print of a Peregrine. Won by Carl Silverns 3. Original painting by David Rampling Won by Lee Featherstone 4. 173mhz or 216mhz Scout Transmitter donated by Stephen Lea, Marshalls UK. Won by Ben Miller 5. One Pair of Dave Noble Bells donated by Neil Davies. Won by Robert Penney 6. Braided Jesses, Leash & Extender donated by Zoe Jones of Brithawk Braided Falconry Equipment. Won by Karl Jennings

7. Pineo Hawking Bag donated by Gamehawker Ltd. Won by Mick Johnson 8. Ben Long Arab style Hood donated by Mark Sawyer. Won by Kevin Massey 9. ‘Breeding the Imprint Goshawk’ 2 books donated by Lee Fetherstone. Won by Geoff ticket no: 309 and Sam Ridgen 10. 2 Tiercel & 2 Peregrine Falcon Hoods donated by Carl Silverns. Won by Mark Sawyer & James Inglis 11. Waking the Goshawk DVD donated by Ben Crane & Rob Penney. Won by Billy Mazella


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Erna Goudbeek Wildlife Artist

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Dutch wildlife artist Erna Goudbeek was born in Almelo, a town in the province of Twente in the Netherlands in April 1966. From an early age she had a passion to draw and paint but it wasn’t until 1999, whilst working as an administion clerk at the NATO-site in Vriezenveen, that her true passion for art firstly as a pastel potrait artist came to the fore. During the next few years she joins a watercolour artist group to develop her painting skills in her home town of Almelo. Managing a full time career work for NATO and in the September of 2002, Erna starts to experiment in oils and joined the ‘Peinturisten’, a group of painters in Almelo, where her brilliant, versatile teacher Mr. van den Noort, a renonwned painter, writer and inventor, who received a Royal Honours medal in 2009. Mr van den Noort upon seeing Erna’s talent, encouraged her to concentrate on her art full ime and with the continued success from the sale of her paintings, Erna decided the time was right and took the step of becoming a full time artist and left the security of her job and with her partner Brian moved to Neugnadenfeld in Germany to pursue her love of art. She has always loved city-life, but the old German village and its rich history surround her with its warmth and gives her the inspiration she needs to create her beautiful oil-paintings. “Its feels like I’ve gone back in time and finally have come home; I have settled down”, says Erna. Presently, both Erna & her partner Brian are building their own art gallery in the German village of Neugnadenfeld. For commissions or limited edition prints of her paintings, please contact: Erna Goudbeek Birger Forell Strasse 3 49824 Neugnadenfeld Germany Tel: 0049-5944-995580 E-mail: ernagoudbeek@hotmail.com www.ernagoudbeek.com

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Gyr Falcon © Erna Goudbeek 2011

Saker Falcon Chick © Erna Goudbeek 2011

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Ospreys © Erna Goudbeek 2011

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Marsh Harrier © Erna Goudbeek 2011

Peregrine Falcon © Erna Goudbeek 2011

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Falconry Equipment Makers • Falconry Telemetry • Artist Marquee • UK Falconry Clubs • Raptor Food Supplier • Falconry Displays • Seminars Gun Dog Displays • Ferrets • Hood Making Competition sponsored by American Hoods & Bells • Gamekeeping Suppliers • Gun Dealers • 4 x 4’s Shooting Accessories • Angling Outlets • International Falconry Clubs Marquee sponsored by Gamehawker Ltd • The Campaign for Falconry Hawkboard • KK Catering Food Court • Largest collection of Birds of Prey in the Country • Camping for Caravans and Tents JOINT EVENT ORGANISERS

THE UK FALCONRY CLUB & THE INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR BIRDS OF PREY

www.falconryhawking.co.uk


KIEZEBRINK Kiezebrink UK Ltd.

Headline sponsors of the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

Suppliers of Europe’s Premier Quality Frozen Raptor Foods KKK Frozen Chicks produced in the UK Refrigerated or Insulated Deliveries throughout the UK Contact Sarah at Kiezebrink UK Tel: 01284 810 779 or Fax: 01284 811 902 Email: sarah@kiezebrink.co.uk

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The United Kingdom Falconers Club (UKFC) and Jemima Parry-Jones MBE are proud to announce the launch of The Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event taking place on the 3rd and 4th of September 2011 at the International Centre for Bird of Prey in Newent, Gloucestershire. Because we feel so enthusiastic about our sport and because we know you also feel so passionately about falconry’s future, we have devised a new falconry event from the grass roots up. The Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event 2011 will cater specifically for falconers and their families. We have arranged top quality flying displays, a UK Club Marquee sponsored by Marshall Radio and an International Club Marquee sponsored by Gamehawker Ltd, an Artist Marquee, Demonstrations and Seminars, Trade Stands and a Food Court. Running alongside the Event, we will be running an Hood Making Competition kindly sponsored by American Hoods and Falconry Bells. There will also be camping on-site, BBQ and evening entertainment provided for standholders and exhibitors. We believe that a new falconry event held at such a historic and well known venue will be beneficial to all falconry clubs both in the UK and Internationally, Raptor Breeders and Falconers alike. Also, holding this new event in September will make it easier for everyone to attend and meet club members prior to the new hunting season. We hope that you will be able to attend The Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event and if you have any questions, please contact: The Kiezebrink UK Falconry & Hawking Event Event Organisers Office Rosslyn, Burgage Wellington Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0) 1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk Web: www.falconryhawking.co.uk

www.ukfalconryforum.com

Headline Sponsors of the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

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Martin Hayward-Harris will be exhibiting at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

MARTIN HAYWARD-HARRIS artist & wildlife sculptor Tel: +44 (0)1491 652 006 www.hayward-harris.co.uk


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The UK Falconry & Hawking Event is offering UK Falconry Clubs the opportunity to purchasing a 2m x 1.5m space only stand within the UK Falconry Club Marquee sponsored by Marshall Radio Telemetry for only £45.00 + £9.00 (20% VAT) = £54.00

Space is limited to 12 stands and if you wish to chose a particular space please inform the Organisers by email: exhibit@falconryhawking.co.uk and indicate clearly on your booking form.

Trestle tables - £10.00 + £2.00 (20% VAT) = £12.00

If you wish to have electricity on your stand, please inform the Organisers Office: info@falconryhawking.co.uk and we will inform you of the costs in due course.

Each club will be given four entry passes for the weekend for staff who will be manning the stand. Additional tickets are available: £10.00 Adults £6.00 Children (Under 16’s) Family £30.00 (2 Adults/2 Children) Camping Passes are available for the Saturday night (3rd September ONLY): 2 Man Tent - £10.00 4 Man Tent - £15.00 6 Man Tent - £20.00 Caravan Pass - £20.00

Stand Electrics

Contact If you have any other questions please contact: The UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0)1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk

Advance Tickets & Camping Passes can purchased from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com

www.ukfalconryforum.com

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Sponsors of the International Falconry Club Marquee at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event


International Falconry Clubs Marquee Sponsored by

www.gamehawker.net

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The UK Falconry & Hawking Event is offering International Falconry Clubs the opportunity to take a 2m x 1.5m stand space FREE OF CHARGE due to the generous sponsorship of Gamehawker Ltd - www.gamehawker.net

Space is limited to 15 stands and if you wish to chose a particular space please inform the Organisers by email: exhibit@falconryhawking.co.uk and indicate clearly on your booking form.

Trestle tables - £10.00 + £2.00 (20% VAT) = £12.00

Stand Electrics

Each club will be given 2 entry passes for the weekend for staff who will be manning the stand.

If you wish to have electricity on your stand, please inform the Organisers Office: info@falconryhawking.co.uk and we will inform you of the costs in due course.

Additional tickets are available: £10.00 Adults £6.00 Children (Under 16’s) Family £30.00 (2 Adults/2 Children) Camping Passes are available for the Saturday night (3rd September ONLY): 2 Man Tent - £10.00 4 Man Tent - £15.00 6 Man Tent - £20.00 Caravan Pass - £20.00

Contact If you have any other questions please contact: The UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0)1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk

Advance Tickets & Camping Passes can purchased from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com

www.ukfalconryforum.com

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David Rampling will be exhibiting at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

DAVID RAMPLING WILDLIFE ARTIST

www.ramplingart.co.uk


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Artists Marquee Stand Layout 15m

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The UK Falconry & Hawking Event is offering Wildlife Artists the opportunity to purchase a 2m x 1.5m shell scheme stand within the Artist Marquee for only £100.00 + £20.00 (20% VAT) = £120.00 Trestle tables - £10.00 + £2.00 (20% VAT) = £12.00 Each Artist will receive 2 free entry passes for the weekend for staff who will be manning the stand. Additional tickets & Camping passes are available from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com Please note: Space is limited to 15 stands and if you wish to chose a particular space please inform the Organisers by email: exhibit@falconryhawking.co.uk and indicate clearly on your booking form(Artist Marquee Booking forms see page 19).

Security The UK Falconry & Hawking Event will be organising 24 hour security for the event if you have particular security requests please inform the Organisers - info@falconryhawking.co.uk

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Insurance The UK Falconry & Hawking Event advises each stand holder to organise insurance to cover breakages, theft, damage. The Organisors will not be liable to any losses incurred for uninsured stand holders.

Stand Electrics If you wish to have electricity on your stand, please inform the Organisers Office: info@falconryhawking.co.uk and we will inform you of the costs in due course.

Contact If you have any other questions please contact: The UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0)1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk

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American Hoods & Falconry Bells sponsors of the International Hood Making Competition

Suppliers of American made Hoods from leading American makers and Falconry Bells www.hoodandbells.co.uk


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Small Business Marquee Stand Layout 15m

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The UK Falconry & Hawking Event is offering small falconry businesses the opportunity to purchasing a 2m x 1.5m space only stand within the SME Marquee for only £60.00 + £12.00 (20% VAT) = £72.00

Space presently available is 15 stands and if you wish to chose a particular space please inform the Organisers by email: exhibit@falconryhawking.co.uk and indicate clearly on your booking form.

Trestle tables - £10.00 + £2.00 (20% VAT) = £12.00

Stand Electrics

Each club will be given four entry passes for the weekend for staff who will be manning the stand.

If you wish to have electricity on your stand, please inform the Organisers Office: info@falconryhawking.co.uk and we will inform you of the costs in due course.

Additional tickets are available: £10.00 Adults £6.00 Children (Under 16’s) Family £30.00 (2 Adults/2 Children) Camping Passes are available for the Saturday night (3rd September ONLY): 2 Man Tent - £10.00 4 Man Tent - £15.00 6 Man Tent - £20.00 Caravan Pass - £20.00

Contact If you have any other questions please contact: The UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0)1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk

Advance Tickets & Camping Passes can purchased from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com

www.ukfalconryforum.com

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The UK’s largest collection of Bird’s of Prey Open 7 days a week from 10.30am to 5.30pm (Centre closed December & January) • Over 300 birds on public display • • Daily Flying Displays • Conservation • • Captive Breeding • Falconry Courses • • Photography • Schools & Groups Welcome • The International Centre for Birds of Prey Boulsdon House, Newent Gloucestershire GL18 1JJ T: 01531 820286 or 01531 820286 Email: jpj@icbp.org

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Shedding Stands Stand Layout 3m

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The UK Falconry & Hawking Event is offering businesses the opportunity to purchasing a 3m x 3m space only Shedding Stand for only £125.00 + £25.00 (20% VAT) = £150.00 Trestle tables - £10.00 + £2.00 (20% VAT) = £12.00 Each standholder will be given two entry passes for the weekend for staff who will be manning the stand. Additional tickets are available: £10.00 Adults £6.00 Children (Under 16’s) Family £30.00 (2 Adults/2 Children) Camping Passes are available for the Saturday night (3rd September ONLY): 2 Man Tent - £10.00 4 Man Tent - £15.00 6 Man Tent - £20.00 Caravan Pass - £20.00

Booking your Stand Shedding stands space is limited and if you wish to chose a particular stand please inform the Organisers by email: exhibit@falconryhawking.co.uk and indicate clearly on your booking form.

Stand Electrics If you wish to have electricity on your stand, please inform the Organisers Office: info@falconryhawking.co.uk and we will inform you of the costs in due course.

Contact If you have any other questions please contact: The UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB Tel: +44 (0)1823 666 176 Email: info@falconryhawking.co.uk

Advance Tickets & Camping Passes can purchased from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com

www.ukfalconryforum.com

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Falconry Innovations Sponsors of ‘Wessex Bird of Prey Rescue’

Falconry equipment at affordable prices

Tel: 01202 771 661 Tel: 01202 666 958 www.falconryinnovations.co.uk Email: falconryinnovations@msn.com Falconry Innovations, 7 Kelly, Close, Poole, BH17 8QP Falconry Innovations will be exhibiting at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event


the kiezebrink uk falconry & hawking event

exhibitors booking form Name:

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3m wide x 3m deep Shedding Stand @ £150.00 inc VAT

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2m wide x 1.5m deep space only within UK Falconry Club Marquee @ £54.00 inc VAT

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2m wide x 1.5m deep space only within SME Marquee @ £72.00 inc VAT

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2m wide x 1m deep Shell Scheme within the Art Marquee @ £120.00 inc VAT

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Trestle Tables 6’ x 2’ 3” @ £12 each inc VAT - Number required ………….

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Please make cheques payable to “The UK Falconry Club” & return with this form to: The KIEZEBRINK UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office, Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB A receipt will be sent as confirmation of your booking.

I have read the attached Terms & Conditions and agree to abide by them. Please tick the box: Signed:……………..............................………….......………………. Date: ……………………………………......

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Hood Making Competition

sponsored by American Hoods & Falconry Bells

Competition Catagories The British Hood Making Junior Championships (Under 16’s ONLY) - Entry fee: £5.00 Winner to receive Trophy & £50.00

The European Hood Making Championships (16 and over) - Entry fee: £15.00 Winner to receive Trophy & 250.00€

The British Hood Making Senior Championships (16 and over) - Entry fee: £10.00 Winner to receive Trophy & £150.00

The World Hood Making Championships (16 and over) - Entry fee: £15.00 Winner to receive Trophy & $500.00

“I hope that this event will help launch a new generation of hoodmakers to the attention of falconers across the UK and the World and in turn raise money for the ICBP, The UK Falconry Club and the Campaign of Falconry” Neil Davies, American Hoods & Falconry Bells


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hood making entry form Name:

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£50 & Trophy

The British Hood Making Championships (16 and over)

£10.00

£150 & Trophy

The European Hood Making Championships -

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250€ & Trophy

The World Hood Making Championships

£20.00

$500 & Trophy

Please make cheques payable to The UK Falconry Club & return with this form to: The KIEZEBRINK UK Falconry & Hawking Event Neil Davies, The Studio @ Ffarm fach, Horeb, Five Roads, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 5AJ. Terms & Conditions. 1. Only one entry per person in each catergory. 2. Winners of British (Over 16’s-ONLY) & European Championships will get free entry to World Championships. 3. All hoods will become the property of the UK Falconry & Hawking Event and will be auctioned for fund raising for the ICBP, UK Falconry Club and The Campaign of Falconry. 4. Hoods must not be signed or have any trademarks. 5. All hoods must be made by the entrant. Any entries not made by the entrant will be disqualified. 6. Canvassing the Judges will result in disqualification. 7. All winning competitors will be notified by post prior to the UK Falconry & Hawking Event. 8. The Judges decision is final and no discussion will be entered with any competitors. We reserve the right withhold awards if entries not of sufficient standard. 9. The competition is open to amateur and professional hoodmakers. 10. All materials used must come from legal sources. I have read the attached Hood Making Terms & Conditions and agree to abide by them. Please tick the box: Signed:……………..............................………….......………………. Date: ……………………………………......

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Ian Vance Falconry Furniture will be exhibiting at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

Ian Vance Falconry Furniture

Suppliers of quality falconry equipment Large stocks available for immediate despatch

Tel: 0115 920 3682 www.falconryequipment.com


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advance day tickets & camping pass booking form Name:

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Advance Adult Ticket @ £10.00 (Tickets on day £12.00)

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Advance Children’s Ticket @ £6.00 - Under 16’s (Tickets on day £6.00)

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Advance Family Ticket @ £30.00 - 2 Adults/2 Children (Tickets on day £32.00)

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2 Man Tent Camping Ticket @ £10.00 (Saturday Night ONLY)

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4 Man Tent Camping Ticket @ £15.00 (Saturday Night ONLY)

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6 Man Tent Camping Ticket @ 20.00 (Saturday Night ONLY)

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Touring Caravam Ticket @ £20.00 (Saturday Night ONLY)

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Please make cheques payable to “The UK Falconry Club” & return with this form to: The KIEZEBRINK UK Falconry & Hawking Event - Organisers Office Rosslyn, Burgage, Wellington, Somerset TA21 8NB or Advance Tickets & Camping Passes can purchased from the event website: www.falconryhawking.co.uk or via PAYPAL send payment to tommy_miles@ukfalconryforum.com

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Masters of the Mews will be exhibiting at the UK Falconry & Hawking Event

We are manufacturers of quality falconry products at affordable prices. Suppliers to both the general public and the trade. We can fabricate anything you want and refine it to your requirements. We have a wide range of quality equipment available from stock: • Indoor & Outdoor Falcon Blocks • Bow Perches • Gloves • • High Perches • Swing Perches • Training Perches • • Leather Falconry Furniture • Bullet Jesses • Bells • Leashes • • Bird Baths up to Eagle Size • Swivels • D Links • Hoods • • We cater for all sizes of bird from Merlins or Golden Eagles • All enquires welcome and we look forward to doing business with you.

Telephone: 01562 744 379 Email: info@mastersofthemews.co.uk www.mastersofthemews.co.uk


Latest news from the Hawk Board

Summary of Minutes of HB meeting 27th April, 2011 Summary of the meeting of the Hawk Board held on 27th April, 2011 Temple Quay House, Bristol. The Chairman opened the meeting at 11am. Present were: Andrew Knowles-Brown(AKB) Terry Large(TL), Mike Roberts(MR) Gary Gabriel(GG), John Hill(JH) Andy Barfield(AB), Terry Burden(TB) Steve Halsall(SH), Nick Fox(NF) Nick Kester(NK), Pete Eldrett(PE) Jim Chick(JC), Derek Stotton(DS) Doreen Page(DP), Graham Irving(GI) Mike Clowes(MC) Apologies were received from Mike Nicholls, Dean White, Gary Biddis and Jim Collins and James Legge. Minutes & Matters Arising: AKB mentioned that John Hounslow had not been in touch about the Harris Buzzard hybrid business. He would speak to him later. There were no other matters arising so the Chairman signed the minutes as a true record of the meeting. Treasurers Report: MC had sent out a report earlier containing the statements of income and expenditure for the year. He pointed out that the formal accounts would be presented at the July meeting. Although the balance showed an excess of income over expenditure of just over £1000 this was because of a late payment from the auction held almost 2 years ago, otherwise the accounts would be in the red for the second year running. He mentioned that as the CFF was not now selling any goods this year the income would reduce further whilst already expenditure was above normal. This will mean a much larger deficit next year. This was discussed and the main idea presented was to make an attempt to get more clubs to affiliate. PE suggested upping subs as they had not been increased for at least 11 years but this was discounted. TL had visited the Northamptonshire Club who left the HB a couple of years earlier and asked if MC had been contacted by their secretary or chairman asking if it would be possible to pay later? MC said definitely not or they would have been allowed. A discussion took place about cutting costs and again, trying to affiliate more clubs. We need to publicise the work of the Board on the website and possibly re-vamp it to

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assist with more clubs becoming affiliated. DP mentioned Paypal and after a brief discussion it was decided that a new one will be opened and that as

He went on to inform the meeting that a formal study with a view to integrating quarantine, health and CITES licensing requirements was now under way.

DP dealt with monies from the CFF she would run it.

JH would keep the HB informed of progress and regular bird importers/exporters would no doubt be asked to contribute in due course. NK stressed that the real need was for a single point of contact within the Agency where they could go to check on progress of all statutory import/export requirements/licences.

Website on the agenda in July. Elections: JC began by stating that this was the second set of elections under the new ruling and he could see no benefit in it. MC continued that the cost to the Board was 50% higher than under the old system over a 6 year period as the old system had 2 elections every 6 years but the new one 3 elections. AKB and NK thought that the only benefit was that of continuity so not all of the Board could be voted out at the same time should anyone try for a takeover of the Board. After a discussion it was decided that as this election pending would have to go ahead the subject would go on the agenda in October which will be the first meeting of the new Board. Animal Health: JH began, the Animal Health Agency has now been combined with the Veterinary Laboratory Agency to form one new Agency called the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency (AHVLA) please note that all e-mail addresses should be changed to firstname.surname@ahvla.gsi. gov.uk . He continued, AHVLA have started to issue a few A10s but it is still too early in the breeding season to know whether or not we are able to meet demand at a satisfactory turnover rate. In addition there are over 10,000 unused semi-completes still out with applicants which, providing the birds quoted are still breeding and are at the premises of the original applicant, are still valid. Please note that to speed up the process for the seven species (named below) listed on Annex 4 of the WCA 1981 which still require both Art 10s and registration documents a combined application form is now available (see http://animalhealth.defra.gov.uk/cites/birdregistration/) Birds requiring both registration and an art 10 certificate: Honey Buzzard, Pernis apivorus Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis Marsh Harrier, Circus aeruginosus Montagu’s Harrier, Circus pygargus Osprey, Pandion haliaetus

JH then gave out some good news that all forensic testing work had now been transferred to The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA). They have now completed the necessary validation work Peregrines, Goshawk, Golden Eagle for both blood and buccal (mouth) swabs. Training will take place at Temple Quay House on 23rd May for Wildlife Inspectors using Neil FORBES providing veterinary input. Jim CHICK/Nick KESTER have been invited to send a Hawk Board representative to the training. Current live cases are currently being analysed by FERA. Fees and charges - A study is being made of all Agency areas which can be charged out to customers. Any changes to CITES fees will require full consultation. Ministers are not keen that there should be any major increases at this point in time. Better IT support - Progress is slow however there are moves taking place within CITES to replace paper licensing with e-permits. WLRS will continue to keep the HB updated on such moves. JH updated the HB on prosecution cases - see table below and on a few issues which arose either at the previous meeting or had come up in conversation with HB members outside the HB meetings: Date - Late January Country - Durham, England Issue - 1 x Offence contrary to CITES Reg. 8 - Offering for sale Goshawk without Article 10 Result - Male cautioned Update on Mr Hill case. He has appealed against his conviction and sentence. The appeal is set for Plymouth Crown court in late July 2011 South Wales international investigation - this is still ongoing and further international work is ongoing.


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In response to questions raised from the meeting JH undertook to provide responses on a) how many semi-complete certificates had been discovered in illegal trade, b) to chase up a response from Defra policy on a possible protocol on escaped birds; and c) whether hybrids could be bred back to pure breds over 4 or 5 generations. JC asked about re-hab birds. JH replied that they would have to be examined by a vet before they would be considered for a CITES document. This was not retrospective so existing certificates still apply and progeny will continue to be ok. AKB asked about hybrids and JH admitted that he had passed it to Elaine Kendall and not followed it up.

UK Falconry Club: MC had received an application from the UK Falconry Club to become affiliated to the HB. They had produced proof of existence for more than 12 months, acceptable Rules and Codes of Conduct, a verifiable list of members, of which MC had verified over 50% and had provided a cheque for £250 to cover membership. MC was asked if meetings were held and he replied yes to field meets but not sure about others. It is partly run as a private Internet forum, which has member only facilities. It was debated about the advisability of allowing an Internet club onto the HB but it was finally agreed by a large majority to accept the application. CA Update: MC read from an update from James Legge: The RSPB Hen Harrier survey 2010 has been published saying that their decrease in numbers can be attributed to persecution by game keepers on grouse moors acting under pressure from their employers. The CA has responded.

This completed the Animal Health input and JC made a presentation of a bronze resin bust of a Kestrel to JH in thanks for all his help over the years. John retires in August. JH was very grateful and said a few words of thanks.

LACS have published an updated list of Mps voting intentions on the repeal of the Hunting Act. The figures are extremely inaccurate and misleading. In Northern Ireland the hare was not given full protection status but coursing is still banned.

Lantra: Julie Murphy stated, as agreed at the last meeting Module 3 will be launched at the FF. It is an optional unit and will be added to the Beginning Falconry Award. The current assessors will be able to assess mod. 3. MR is a new assessor and aired a few complaints about comments made by Mike Nicholls who took the assessors course. TB, whose daughter had also been on the course, supported him.

New Booklets: NK- people do like to take things away from shows.

Decision: MC & JM would speak to Mike Nicholls at the FF. JM continued: Module 4 was also ready which is the actual hunting module which will be assessed by the Clubs. All Clubs should go through the same AP which will be Achievability Plus to do all the paper work then they can carry on with the hunting and assessing. This was all accepted NF At the Festival there is to be a 3 day seminar and one of the topics is - (How do you teach your falconers). Would Julie like to attend to give the talk? JM declined but offered another, Lisa Jarvis, who would willingly attend. She finished by confirming that there was no longer a chief EV position.

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Falconry in the UK is 4 years out of date and will need a major update if re-printed. The booklets on nutrition and first aid may be able to be provided on line. No firm decision was made. F. Fayre: MC reminded everyone that this year at Ragley the HB/CFF were being provided with a large tent, tables and chairs free of charge for putting on 4 presentations each day. They were to be a film show followed by Lantra both mornings. The afternoons would begin with DS showing how to prepare hawk food properly then Vet Richard Jones would speak on Sunday and a Telemetry expert on Monday. (Not minutes: It is fair to say that DS stole the show both days. The tent was so full that some of those working there had to move out to make room.) CLA: MC reported that there was a new sponsor, Volkswagen, for the Falconry area. This will mean a change in design for the area and as we have been moved slightly from where we usually are there may be a tight fit in the camping

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Wild-bird/egg protocol with ongoing work pressures this has been shelved for the time being.

area. Tickets will be sent out in June along with any purchased reduced price tickets (they are now all sold).

Festival of Falconry: NF- Festival is now full steam ahead as the budget has been approved. There will be a British National camp for England, Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland. He asked for 2 reps from each country to be appointed asap. These will receive free airfare nd accommodation. One of their duties will be to rally the troops in their own countries. For normal travellers agents are getting quotes for group travel. TL has agreed to be the MC using English at the festival.

AKB asked about the eagles. The plan is for 10 falconers from different countries to travel to Abu Dhabi 3 weeks early to handle untrained zoo eagles in an effort to make them easy to handle for others. Apart from the UK camp all of the S. American countries are in another camp, Mexico & Spain etc in camps made up of clumps of nations. Each tent will have panelled walls on which it is intended to pin photos, some of which will be life size and the reps will be expected to help with this and to man the tent for the 3 public days. They already have over 200 birds and are trying to obtain those specific to guest nations. The problem is Goshawks and Pakistan may be the answer to take some and then be able to return home with them. The first 3 days will consist of conferences with workshops and speakers. At the same time in the dessert camp others will be training hawks and doing some hawking. Tepees are being brought from the USA and other native type abodes such as Yurts from Mongolia.

MC asked if a decision had been made about the festival shirts still in possession of the CFF. There were over 700. NF was interested and after a short bout of bargaining a price of £2250 was agreed and NF and MC shook hands on it. DP stated that there were also a large number of badges and TL, in a moment of unexpected generosity said that they could go with the shirts free of charge. NF continued, they would like an arena event from the UK and birds will be supplied. Visitors can camp at the dessert camp or their national camps. Hotels were expensive but there were group apartments available, prices not yet known. An audit has been done and 77 countries have asked for all the information in our booklet, Falconry in the UK so that they

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Latest news from the Hawk Board - cont. Summary of Minutes of HB meeting 27th April, 2011

The UK has still not signed the Convention. The HB should think of ways of putting pressure on the Government to sign up as there will be no cost to the taxpayer. Thinking caps will have to go on to think of ways in which it can be done.

Election Notice - Posted on May 5, 2011 For the information of those going to stand in the Hawk Board election the original completed nomination forms need to be returned to me by post. Those sent via e-mail will not be accepted. The CV`s however will be accepted by post or e-mail. Mike Clowes - Co-ordinator

CFF Update: TL reported that the CFF had attended 3 shows recently and he was kept busy visiting clubs. He thanked BASC for sharing their tent at different events, as the CFF is not now selling goods as it used to. He asked if anyone had some old films of hunting or birds to pass it on to him to help with a project. Following the CLA the next major event is the Midlands Game Fair A.O.B. MC began by asking for formal agreement on the Animal Welfare Guidelines drafted by Jemima and Mike Nicholls. They had been agreed earlier and are already on the website and with DEFRA but it needs to be in the minutes. They were agreed. JC had a report from Jim Collins about the non-native species meeting he had attended. It had been very successful. The first draft had been responded to, but further revision had ignored the comments made and Defra has said that they are not happy with the concept of a white list. Therefore, everything must be re-drafted and submissions taken into account by October Jim Collins needs to know have we got any problems with the transporting of birds of prey? NK replied: No overseas is IATA approved and our welfare guidelines cover the UK. AKB - There is now a closed season for Hares in Scotland, blue and brown, but I will have to let you know the dates. SH - gave a detailed report covering the BFC which was impossible to follow in writing. He was going to send his report by e-mail but has not done so therefore this will have to suffice. NK will be available to assist TL at Jemima’s Fair in September.

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