Friday, 17 August 2012
It’s been hectic!!! The weather has been so damn variable it’s hard to know where the hell we are!!! We lost a big branch of the Eucalyptus tree in the Hawk Walk, luckily after everyone had left, so David Kenworthy came over immediately and we took down a number of other branches and the whole tree will have to come down in the winter, still it will make for very aromatic fire wood in the future. We dragged all the branches away to the fire the next morning, the dogs sort of helped, although I am not sure that help was the right word.

We have given up on the Hobby, I am about to write to AHVLA which my computer insists is actually HALVA!! And tell them that we in our expert opinion consider that this bird is not releasable, it will not survive in the wild, and so we are leaving the decision as to what to do with it to them. We do not particularly want to keep it however we are prepared to give it a home for life, but they may not agree and may want us to kill it – which we are not prepared to do, so if that is what AHVLA and JNCC want, we will give it to them and they can kill it – that should make for an interesting conversation!!

All the young birds are coming along nicely, the awful weather is slowing things up a little, but we are moving forward. Mark has just got the young Aplomado Falcon out to start training, it is a male and stunning to look at!! The American Kestrel is a male and I am told really good at killing the carpet!! Adam and I pulled out four wheel barrows of stinging nettles from the other side of Barn 1, I am still itching a little, but I am told the stings are really good for arthritis!! I hope so as they are mean bloody nettles and always get you back as you pull them out.

The Falconry Weekend is looking like it will be a great success, I just pray for good weather. We have had a ton of late bookings, and I finalised on the tentage today. We have three spare spaces and that is it!! All the people coming to demonstrate or give seminars are on track and it really should be a wonderful weekend. The atmosphere here is always fun and it adds to anything that we put on. I am looking forward to it.

Then the next thing is Simon and I go to India for the Incubation workshop, which will be hard work, but worth it and then I think we go on to Nepal to see what is going on there with the Vulture Programme. This autumn is going to be busy!!



I have to say that keeping a weblog can at times become compulsive and at other times a chore. Sometimes I am berrated for not keeping it up and sometimes I get wonderful comments from people who follow the news of the Centre.

It is fun to share the daily goings on here, some good and some bad, some funny and some sad, but all a part of our daily lives.
And as I said before its a pretty cool to be here and it is a great place to visit, you should try coming and watching the birds and meeting the staff and of course the dogs.

An interesting video on Lead

An interesting video on Lead

I find it staggering that people who want to hunt don't see the value in changing their ammunition from lead to a safer product. We have stopped using lead in petrol, in paint, in our water pipes, but they still want to use lead - ah well, apparently eating it not only kills birds but leads to reduced intelligence in humans......................

NO ONE is asking you to stop legal and genuine hunting, they are just asking you to change your ammunition!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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