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Old 05-01-2007, 01:42 PM
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Hi, my name is Ben, i live in Cornwall and have always had a fascination with
bop... at 25 i suppose I'm getting on a bit to start fresh but there you have it...
i plan to go on a lantra course soon but in my experience of life you cant learn everything in one go, so before i try to set myself up i would love the chance to help someone of a group of people with their birds...
if anyone in the area (Cornwall/or pretty near it) could help me i would greatly appreciate it...
Chears... B....
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:01 PM
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If you look at your other thread about courses, I have replied with some details that will be useful to you. This guy will look after you well.

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Old 05-01-2007, 02:25 PM
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Don't worry about your age I found a mentor September last year and I'm 38. I am now out with Ron and Isla as often as possible, then next year I get my own bird. Go for it......you won't regret it!
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:15 PM
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Hi Ben,
Im'e just up the road from you in sunny Devon. I am doing a falconry course at the moment which is excellent, also loads of books and DVDs (cheap on Ebay). Check out your local falconry club, it will give you a chance to meet the members and their birds.
Good luck, Archer.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:28 PM
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Hi Ben,
Im'e just up the road from you in sunny Devon. I am doing a falconry course at the moment which is excellent, also loads of books and DVDs (cheap on Ebay). Check out your local falconry club, it will give you a chance to meet the members and their birds.
Good luck, Archer.
Where you doing your course... im looking to do one at Yaraks...
What books have you found the most handy?
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:41 PM
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Hi Ben,
The course I am doing is one night a week over a ten week period, don't have to take time off work and is MUCH less expensive. The course is excellent and local falconers attend with their birds so you get all their experience as well.
Best books so far are;
Falconry & Hawking Philip Glasier
Training Birds of Prey Jemima Parry-Jones
Falconry For Beginners Lee William Harris
Check Ebay-sporting goods-hunting-falconry.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:44 PM
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Do you get to handle and fly birds on this course Archer???
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:49 PM
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If only your started this last year as I lived near Newquay at the RAF Base and you would have been quite welcome to come out with me. I now live in East Devon so probably too far for you.

As for courses I attended the 5 day course at Yarak (john is the owner) and found it a very good course and gave me the confidence to progress further. I did do another course but it wasn't the same. At Yarak you will have one to one training rather than a whole bunch of people with their own birds and own problems that the teacher has to sort through and wasting time.

Have you tried approching places like Screech Owl Sanctuary at St Coloumb as you can volenteer there and learn. I might approch my old mentor to see if he's still open for a helper if that helps but I haven't spoken to him in 6 months.

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Old 05-01-2007, 03:50 PM
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Yes, we have been shown the correct way to handle the birds. obviously we don't get the chance to fly during the evening course but we have all been invited to attend the local club events.
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:53 PM
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Which club events are these Archer. At Yarak I got to fly different HH every day and also watched the Falcons put through their paces. Much better way IMHO
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