History of Falconry
The earliest documentary evidence of real falconry seems to come from Japan in A.D. 244. How and when it reached Europe is again uncertain, although one of the earliest known pieces of evidence of falconry in Europe is a falconry scene in a floor mosaic in Argos in Greece, called ‘Villa of the Falconer’. This is dated around A.D. 500. Falconry was definitely being practised in England by Saxon times.
Shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066 falconry became extremely popular in England. People from all social classes kept birds of prey, although the longwings were mainly reserved for the upper classes. Indeed a persons status was marked by the species of bird he carried.
The Boke of St. Albans, written in 1486, detailed the types of hawks along with who could own them.
King – A Gyr Falcon
Prince – A Peregrine Falcon
Yeoman – A Goshawk
Priest – A Sparrowhawk
Servant – A Kestrel
Knight – Saker Falcon
Squire – A Lanner Falcon
Lady – A Merlin
some facts about us
Here is some of the work we do.
Within the last 12 months we have rehired,cared for and rehabilitated a number of animals and birds.
Wild Birds Rescued
Birds & Animals needing a forever home here with us at the centre
Animals Cared for by us
Our team members
Lets us introduce ourselves, we are a very small team.