Bit of our History
This is a bit of our history and how North East Falconry became,
From a very young age I always had a strong intrest in animals and nature. I grew up around lots of dogs and the enviroment around where I grew up was surround by woods, rivers, ponds, and fields. Where ever I looked there was animals and other nature. I remember being a young boy just laying in the medows near where I grew up watching Buzzards just floating by. Watching other birds like the swallows and swifts catching the flys high in sky or even low over the ponds.
As I grew older in my early teens, I was rarely in the house. Always out exploring birdwatching, collecting anything and everything to do with animals. I even found dead animals to move into the sun to rot away so I could collect there bones and skulls. I was a strange child. I never did enjoy school, always gazing out the windows down the derwent vally, watching the reintroduced Red Kites soaring around searching for food. Slight flick of there's tails directing them.
When I was around 14 I was coming home from school, I had saw a car which was saying Bird of prey centre on the side. Knowing that he must work with birds. I chased after the car to his House and knocked to ask if I could help out. So I volunteered for over 6 months. Going ever weekend and sneaking of school to go learn the Art of Falconry from an amazing guy who became my mentor. I ended up working here full time soon as I left school. Worked here for near 4 years. I had learnt how to fly birds, how to train them, teach falconry my self and I knew from such a young age this is what I will always do. I loved every moment. But getting closer to twenty years old, my thirst for adventure came back.
So naturally I found a way to travel, I was very very lucky it was ways to combine both adventure and birds. It was a dream, I ended up going to work in Cyprus for several months. Here I was working with an amazing lady called Edith, and CABS, the role was protecting birds on migration. I met some wonderful people. I learnt a lot about other birds not just birds of prey. I was handling lots of different birds trapped in horrendous traps that the locals put out. Amazing feeling taking off a black cap or a European bee eater and cleaning it and releasing it back to the wild instantly.
But while I was here I got the offer of continuing working with birds of prey in Canada, this was to become the best two years of my life. The company I worked with was great, I traveled nationwide, from Prince Edward Island all the way to BC based south of Toronto on Lake Erie. i meet more wonderful people, managed to practise falconry and learn from some amazing master falconers. I still have some amazing friend from here. I was working with over 200 birds. Setting my own shows and displays up. Such a relaxed way of life in Canada. Seeing Wild Eagles, vultures, Hawks and Falcons daily. The weather in the summer just amazing, so hot. Although winter yes in famously cold. But a different cold.
After this I went to Mongolia for a month. I was living and traveling with a normadic tribe surving off the Eagles and what they caught, rabbits, hares, deer. Traveling by horse through the most beautiful inhospitable place I have ever seen. However still never put me off. I saw so much. Learned about falconry even more. My 10th year of falconry and still learning From a normadic tribe. This is why I love what I do. No matter where I go what birds I have or do work with I learn constantly.
Returning to Uk I began learning more about pest control, working for a national company. Where again working with birds of prey. Deterring naturally pest species. All while every day I saw wild kestrels or peregrines, even kites and Eagles. Even though I have worked with over a thousand indivdual birds. Nothing is nice than seeing them wild, flying around. To continue my work I decided to travel to Ireland and begin working for a nice company. Taking guests on falconry experiences through beautiful woodland. Getting to travel Ireland and see lots of there nature. Finally back to what I started doing over 10 years ago, after Working in over 7 countries and with thousands of birds.
I thought it was time to go back home, back to where I spent most my time in Newcastle. Gather all my falconry skills and experiences and combine them to start my own business. I decided I would start North East Falconry. Offering falconry Experiences, hawkwalks, pest control, school visits.
This is the next chapter begins.