Course Provider: Assington Mill
Contact Name: Anne Holden
Telephone: 01787 229955
Course Length: One day (10-4)
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Introduction To Falconry
Tutor: Alec Shearer
This is an Introduction to Falconry day course run by Alec Shearer, a falconer who has had a passion for these birds for a lifetime. Anybody that is interested in, or has a passion for wildlife, countryside and birds of prey, will find this course most rewarding and interesting. A fun and relaxing day in the company of several amazing birds of prey, and like-minded people.
The course will cover in the time we have the content listed below. Falconry is the art of supplying meat for the table by using a bird of prey. This has been going on for some 4000 years plus and was thought to originate in the Far East.
There is so much to learn regarding the management and flying free your chosen bird. It is an introduction as to whether you would like to just learn more or maybe another step closer in getting your own bird.
Welcome and introductions
Introduction to the birds
The history of falconry
Birds we use, parent reared or imprinted
Birds we use, broadwings, short wings, longwings, eagles
Furniture and equipment used with birds of prey
Housing your chosen bird
Health problems that raptors can suffer with, and how to avoid them
Weight management (most important)
Training a new birds of prey, manning etc.
Break for lunch
Radio telemetry and getting the bird ready for free flight
Some hands-on with the birds and flying free
What to Bring:
Warm and waterproof clothing
Wellies or strong boots
Notepad and pen
Assington Mill is a 70 acre organic farm in a beautiful secluded hidden valley in Suffolk. We aim to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, where you will enjoy the experience of spending time with like-minded people and learning something new and life-enriching. Around fifty-five different short courses in rural and traditional craft skills are run here each year.
We aim to provide healthy meals during our courses made from locally-sourced organic ingredients, where possible. Lunches usually consist of soup and salads. Almost all the ingredients, if they are not grown here, come from Assington Farmshop, and are organic if possible. Cakes and biscuits are also home-made. We specialise in gluten-free food and are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements if you give us notice on the booking form.
Accommodation is available at many BnBs in the area (please see the list on our website) or you could stay in Mill Cottage on site. Alternatively, Camping is also possible at Assington Mill for £5 per night, anywhere on the farm. There is a toilet and shower available in a wetroom; plus a kitchen with two hobs and urn. We are not a proper camp site; this is just a facility for people coming on the courses.
Assington Mill is half a mile from the nearest bus stop or 3 miles from Bures train station if you wish to travel by public transport.
To book please click through (link above) find your course and book online.
What's included in the price?
A lovely organic home made lunch, plus cakes and biscuits. To book please click through (above) find your course (in date order) and book online.
For more information about accommodation and food please see above.
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