Falconry originates with the ancient practice of using raptors (birds of prey) for hunting, but nowadays the emphasis is on training birds for flying display purposes rather than hunting. The art of falconry dates back some 3000 years, and falconry has been practiced in Britain uninterrupted for more than 1200 years.
Photo by Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (Falcon 4 Uploaded by Magnus Manske) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
At the Wapley Agincourt event there will be a falconry flying display by Ben Long of the Falconry School in Hardwicke, Gloucestershire. The Falconry School offers a range of courses and falconry experience days, professional training and certification, and photography days. Please note that the School is not open to casual visitors – please see their website for details of the various activities.