Becoming a falconer
Successful falconry requires a fit, healthy and unstressed bird – and a relationship of trust with the falconer. How can aspiring falconers ensure they learn this properly from the start?
Over a 3000-year history, falconers have developed a body of knowledge on the care and management of raptors, to optimise hunting performance, minimise stress and prevent disease.
In the modern age, falconry techniques are also an integral part of conservation and rehabilitation.
This site provides an overview of the welfare considerations of falconry, and we hope you find it useful.
If you already keep birds of prey, you can use the self-audit to check your own standards of care, and then for €20 can generate a certificate issued by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF).
Please explore the Links and Resources for further information and support.
If you have questions, please get in touch.