Expected to be the largest gathering of world falconers in history.
And it was !!!
Scroll down to see many images of this great event.
The Festival is hosted in the United Kingdom by the Hawk Board the umbrella body for UK falconers. And it is strongly supported by the Emirates Falconry Club which is kindly sponsoring attendance by many nations.
Falconers from fifty three nations are expected to attend in a celebration of shared culture. Through their love of falconry, and the knowledge of their role as a proactive force in protecting the biodiversity and sustainability of habitat and species throughout the generations.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available to me, I will be attending early to help with the building of the villages and will update images and news as soon as internet access at the Festival ground is established.
These few images are of a few friends known to me personally and will be attending …. more to follow.
Chris Choi and Lee Hyeon Gyeong from South Korea hopefully will be attending again.
WuDi, from Northern China is one of the most dedicated Chinese falconers I have met
We also hope that two falconers from Yunnan province Mr.He Yihong and Mr. Yang Yongzhong will also be able to attend.
Jane Yeo, talented in falconry translation and with a beautiful voice will no doubt entertain yet again.
Otgonsaikhan Dorjsuren is the head of the Mongolian Falconers Association and has introduced falconry to the UNESCO Commission of Mongolia.
Sue Headon from Jersey in the Channel Islands will return with the "Companie of the Dukes' Leopards" to lay on more spectacular pageantry.
FM Josef Hiebeler of Rosenburg Castle in Austria will attend, Josef is one of the most experienced eagle falconers in the world today.
FM Monika Hiebeler from Rosenburg is also a superb eagle falconer and will be attending with Josef and his team.
Christian Habich is the Osterreichischer Falknerbund's IAF and CIC Delegate and has worked tirelessly with the UNESCO submission for the OFB .
Carl Church the world renowned taxidermist will be exhibiting many of his raptor studies as well as the world premiere of his mounted Dodo. Definitely not to be missed.
The "De ijzeren Roos" (The iron Rose) group from Belgium in total there will be 13 medieval
re-enactors and 5 tents, representing life in the 15th century.
Chapayev Anna is a correspondent of Mongolian daily newspaper " Daily news". She has knowledge in eagle hunting from her family and she has done several reports from " Eagle Festival" in Mongolia. Anna will perform Kazakh traditional dance and songs.
Tuesday morning 7th.July and already the tents and national marquees are being erected. The site is dry underfoot and all bodes well for the event.
The Arab village is taking shape and is set to be bigger and better than last time.
A new badge has been pressed for the event for those who would like to collect a memory of attending this historic event.
Badges are on sale at the Campaign for Falconry stand as well as polo shirts with the Festival logo.
We are all aware that we are setting up camp in a deer park and we are constantly scrutinised and regularly inspected at night.
As the building progresses the falconers fly in from around the world. (9th July 2009)
Our Kazakh and Turkmenian friends enjoy the morning campfire.
Early morning jinks with a genuine version of the "FoxTrot"
Craig Hendree of the USA helps to man this years falcons
One of the falcons for use by our visitors.
Education and practice day shows the nations displays and events Friday July 10th.
Austrian falconers run through their paces during Friday's practice.
Austrian picture walled tent.
Hunting and berkutchi equipment on display at the Kyrgyzstan yurt.
Festival of Falconry, the sights of Day one July 11th. 2009