Game fair to celebrate ancient art of falconry

Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News: Game fair to celebrate ancient art of falconry Game fair to celebrate ancient art of falconry

THE Westcountry Game Fair celebrates the historic practice of falconry in March at the Royal Bath & West Showground.

Originally the sport of kings, the pastime is now being preserved for future generations by dedicated individuals.

One is Terry Large, chairman of the Campaign for Falconry, who began flying falcons at a young age and became a master falconer when he was a teenager.

He has over 40 years’ experience and will be putting his skills on display for the event on March 9-10. Visitors will see flying demonstrations, and hear a commentary on training and a natural history.

An indoor display area will give visitors a close encounter with the birds, which include Harris hawks, a Bengalese eagle owl and a lannerette.

Other demonstrations in the indoor and outdoor arenas this year include gundog training, ferreting, wildfowling, fly casting and the popular gundog parade.

Visit www.contour.uk.net. For exhibitor enquiries call 01392-421500.

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