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Welcome to the Falconry Heritage Trust Website

The Falconry Heritage Trust:

  • Free access to all through the Internet
  • Working with the world's falconry clubs through the International Association for Falconry
  • Supporting regional archives of falconry artefacts
  • Ensuring that irreplaceable items and records are not lost
  • Linking falconers in 60 countries.

Aims:

  • An information hub for world falconry, conservation and breeding
  • Ensuring a good image for world falconry
  • Promoting access to physical archives
  • Linking all physical archives and promoting access
  • Providing source material for the media.

How will it work?

  • Artefacts can be physically gifted to the Trust
  • Alternatively they may remain with the owners or their heirs, but will be recorded by the Trust, copied or photographed for posterity
  • Artefacts may be gifted to the Trust on death of the owner
  • The website will be the sole method of accessing the archive
  • Physical access may be available at the discretion of the trustees, and the owner
  • Items will be added regionally through a committee of editors
  • Access to the Falconry Heritage Trust website will be free but downloading of archive material may attract a usage charge or subscription.

What will be on the Trust website?

  • Historical material - manuscripts, texts, art
  • Images of physical items - hoods, bells, gloves etc
  • Photo archive
  • Film archive
  • Law archive
  • Educational material for modern falconry

The Falconry Heritage Trust will provide links to items in independent collections such as:

  • National and regional falconry clubs
  • Other national collections
  • Academics
  • Private collectors.

The Falconry Heritage Trust is inviting applications for grants and scholarships. More details are in News section.

Company registration number: 05401103; Registered Charity Number 1125033

 


 
   Did you know...?

EARLY FALCONRY EVINDENCE IN PERU, ....... the writer and historian Inca Garcilazo de la Vega was familiar with falconry; his half-Spaniard blood leading him to live in Spain. In his book Comentarios Reales de los Incas (1616), he wrote about the wide variety of animal species found in Peru and the resemblance of some birds compared to others found in Europe. Among them, the Inca Garcilazo de la Vega mentions the unmistakable Peregrine falcon: “Those that are in my land (Spain, he must have considered himself Spaniard) and called Nebli are (in Peru) darker in color”. Old writings provide proof that there was some falconry being practiced in Peru during the 16th and 17th Centuries. De la Vega also wrote: “A falconer from Seville, Spain, who was proud of his falconry skills, trained a Nebli (PEFA). The falcon came large distances to the fist and lure but he couldn´t kill any prey with it, then he desperate upon his failure. This occurred at Cusco, Peru, in 1557. It is uncertain, but may be the oldest evidence of falconry in America. Another chronicler, Huaman Poma, wrote (1616): “Indians. Hunters, rather than lazy or loafing players, should have hunting as their job”. In another paragraph he wrote: “Indians should be hunters, Piscocamayoc . Yututa, pisacata, quiyota, tazaypac mascani (I´m looking for a partridge, a big partridge, a kite to fulfill my request). Indians should have falcons, hawks they call guaman and breed good hunting dogs…..” Oscar Beingolea, unpublished notes