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Hello all, I am a newbie from Yorkshire. I have been interested in the idea of beekeeping all my life and thought i would begin my journey by reading as much as i could before jumping in. I have had a life long interest in all animals and have rather a collection. My main hobby at the moment is falconry. This suits me well as i love the out doors.
I am currently studying at Hull uni for a zoology degree. If there are any beekeepers on here in my local area i would love to hear from you and any advice for beginners from anyone would be greatly appreciated.

atb

Louise
 
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Hi Louise
Welcome to the forum, ask as many questions as you like.
Have you found or thought about joining your local Association ?
 

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louise

Welcome.

I am also in Yorkshire (East). If you are near Hull you are quite close to me.

I have been keeping bees for 3 years now, no where near an expert, but progressed very well in short time.

I have always wanted to do falconry!!! may be we could have an exchange of skills? and help each other out ?

PM me if you are intrested
 

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Welcome Louise!!!

Wow, Falconry sounds fab!!! Maybe you could tell us a bit more!
 

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Ive allways been interested in birds, it's a shame your not nearer.

TC
 

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hello thanks for all the replies. I have a female harris hawk in her second season. I hunt mainly rabbit and pheasant with her though i also get the odd duck too. I try to fly her everyday during the hunting season (october - march) though during the summer she is free in her aviary to moult out all her feathers.
Over the years i have built up quite a bond with her and flying her becomes very rewarding.
 

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yes lovely looking bird, do you need a licence.

TC
 

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yes lovely looking bird, do you need a licence.

TC
contrary to popular belief you do not need a licence to keep a harris hawk though i wouldnt recommend anyone getting one unless they have a mentor and all adequate knowledge before hand. They are not something you can get on a whim, they change your life.

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louise
 

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I have a hawk around my hives,loads of rabbits around for it.

I will try and get some pics for everyone as it sits on a post next to the hives keeping an eye on me.

I am not sure what it is but it does look like your HH Louise.
 

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There are many escapie harris hawks so it could easilly be one of them. it could also be a common buzzard though they wouldnt be likely to come too close to you.
 

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hi louise,

do you have any pics off your aviary, i feel another hobby coming on.

I can imagine keeping a harris hawk is as addictive as keeping bees.

TC
 

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Aviary/apiary could get confusing.

I remember reading about strict rules that used to be in place about who was allowed to own different specied of bird of prey. Any Tom, Dick or Harry could own a kestrel, but anything else was reserved for those higher up in society. Does anyone know the details?
 

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I've just been looking at a vid of a pest controller who's job is to keep pigeon's and gulls away from the Parliament buildings.

I'd like a job like that, out with my bird all day and being paid for it.

TC
 

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I have a programe called the tube about London underground,it has a nice piece in it about a HH thats used in the train dept.

I will grab the bit and put it on youtube.
 

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At present i dont keep mine in an "aviary" its a mews. Its like a lean too. as she is not loose during flying season she is tethered to a bow perch. Falconry takes over and changes your life (for the better). I am more attached to my hawk than i ever have been to any dog or cat. It is a hobby i would recommend to dedicated people though i cannot stress the importance enough of sourceing an experienced mentor before you start to help you as a beginner.
Any "tom dick or harry" can purchase a harris hawk there are no regulations. Though there is whats called a lantra course which is a sort of optional beginners qualification. The quality of this course however is debatable.
Breeders are becoming more wary of beginners now and many will not sell a youngster to anyone without proof of a mentor. This is the attempt by the falconry community to try and stop the hundreds of birds that either die or escape through neglegance of a beginner. any more questions i would be happy to answer,

regards

louise
 
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