Last post of the year.

Well we have had a good Christmas period with bookings and thankfully the weather has been great – not cold, a gentle breeze and dry – what more could one ask for! Of course ‘Bo’ the Eagle Owl is popular with guests because she is a friendly bird that will happily fly to people but I have to mention ‘Pete’ the Kestrel who has flown just brilliantly – vertical stoops and all.

I am hoping to fly him more at shows this year – which is a step up from small group work. He has done shows before but it is building up the confidence to fly him just about anywhere – he is fine on static display – which is great. The same I feel is for ‘Sprite’ our Peregrine – so right for Thornbury Castle and similar venues but I think flying at shows though more challenging is something we can aim for this year. I would like others to share in him – he is a wonderful falcon and has benefited from been flown all year round – much tamer – I have go to know him much better.

One of our favourite places is to be built on – new houses. The crops last summer were harvested early to allow for survey and archeological work to be done.  The crops of rape and spring barley have self seeded and grown on creating a wonderful habitat for wildlife. We have a large covey of wild pheasant that bred in the field – I have mentioned this previously but also many skylarks and I have flushed snipe, woodcock and partridge. So this window of time has proved excellent for wildlife and shows wildlife will readily colonise an area if conditions are right. I will sign off with a picture of madam in the field with the self seeded barley behind her,

Happy New Year to all and thanks for the bookings this past year.

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