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Welcome to the British Falconers Club

Welcome to the oldest established falconry club in the United Kingdom. The British Falconers’ Club is dedicated to the preservation of the ancient art of falconry and the conservation of birds of prey. In 2002 the club celebrated its 75th anniversary, as we continue to uphold the finest traditions of this, the noblest of all field sports.

Within these pages you will find information and help for those of you thinking of taking up the sport of falconry on our Beginners page. You will find a description of the hawks most commonly used in British Falconry on The Hawks page and details of how to apply to join the BFC under Membership where you will also find our Code Of Conduct.

*** BFC STATEMENT *** on Bird Flu 13th Jan 2017

January 13, 2017

Dear Members

Field Meetings/Flying of Hawks/Avian Influenza

As you should all be aware, there have been numerous confirmed cases of avian influenza throughout the UK.

The Hawk Board have issued advice regarding the free flying/hunting of birds of prey which I urge you to take into consideration (see here).

Currently there is no ban on flying birds of prey but it does carry a risk. The likelihood of that risk materializing and the severity of the outcome should be given due consideration by our members.

Included in your risk assessment should be:

  • The location that you’re flying; Have there been any outbreaks of avian influenza nearby?
  • What type of quarry are you hunting? I would advise you refrain from flying ducks, waders, seagulls or indeed any type of wildfowl as these are particularly at risk from the current strain of avian influenza.


With regard to Field Meetings:- If you insist on organizing field meetings, please adhere to the prescribed protocol for bird gatherings and follow best hygiene practice (see here).

Martyn Standley


British Falconers’Club

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Avian Influenza – 25th December

December 29, 2016

Avian Influenza – 25th December

On the basis of veterinary advice the Hawk Board asks Falconers to stop all flying activities and to isolate their birds of prey from any direct or indirect contact with wild birds or animals.

Flying at quarry is now considered particularly hazardous and risks the
welfare of your hawks and falcons.

Please follow the preventative advice from DEFRA/APHA as published on their websites.

The Hawk Board will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates accordingly.

Dr Gordon Mellor
The Hawk Board

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Bird Flu latest 22/12/16

December 22, 2016

Field meetings:

From 20th December 2016 if you intend to have a field meeting you must follow certain conditions. Currently you don’t require a licence but you must follow new APHA guidance.

You must notify APHA at least 7 days before a meeting and provide them the following details:
Date or dates of the meeting
Location of meeting (address and postcode)
Numbers and species of raptors
Purpose – in our context it is ‘falconry’
Organisers name, address and contact details

You must keep good and accurate records of the field meeting for at least 3 months, including:
Name, address and contact details of all attendees moving birds of prey to and from the meeting
Numbers and species of raptors at meeting
APHA may request this information from you after the meeting.

Please see:

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Bird Flu Update from Gordon Mellor 07/12/16 14:28

December 7, 2016

From: Gordon Mellor
Sent: 07 December 2016 14:28
Subject: Please circulate as soon as possible

This is the latest advice from APHA – I would accept this as the best we are going to get – it is more proportionate than the DEFRA articulation this morning. Of course it may be revised, but at least we can continue with our activities at present:

Good afternoon Dr Mellor

Thank you for your email.

Please find below a set of questions and answers from the Defra website that cover raptors.  The information you received from the helpline you rang is incorrect and they have been informed of this, thank you for letting us know.


  1. Does this apply to pigeon fanciers, aviaries and zoos?
  • The prevention Zone conditions apply to all captive birds. Many zoos already house their birds or have aviaries that keep captive birds separate from wild birds. .
  • We do not feel it is proportionate to extend any measures to sport and recreational pursuits. We keep all options under review.
  • Pigeons are not of significance in the transmission of this strain of avian influenza. 
  • It is currently the closed season for racing pigeons and racing is not scheduled to begin again until April
  1. Can I fly my birds of prey?
  • You can still fly birds of prey but you should avoid contact with wildfowl as they are susceptible to avian influenza themselves.
  • Hawks don’t usually predate grounded birds. They are therefore less likely to indirectly contact a source of virus such as infected faeces.
  • You should make sure the birds are healthy, clean and report any clinical signs to APHA
  • General advice is to avoid unnecessary contact between captive birds and wild birds.


  1. Am I still able to show birds as they will be kept in baskets and cages, etc?
  • Gatherings of poultry and other captive birds have not been banned or restricted.
  • You should ensure you maintain good biosecurity  
  • Birds should be well and fit for the intended journey.
  • Birds and containers should be kept clean as far as possible
  1. Should I cancel shows/fairs/school visits etc?
  • Not necessarily.  Provided that your birds are kept separate from wild birds such events can still go ahead. 

The Defra website is being update regulary, so please keep an eye on the website and the news for the latest developments.

Kind regards

Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)

Telephone: 02080269812 
Website: | Twitter: @APHAgovuk | Facebook: aphagov

Address: Executive Support and Correspondence Management Unit, APHA Weybridge, Woodham Lane, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 3NB


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For those of you who do not have a forum account, below is a “how to guide”.

September 29, 2011
  1. Go to the club web site and click on the forum link at the top left hand corner of the home page.
  2. When the Pro Boards page opens, click on create new account.
  3. Where it asks for your user name, you need to type in your real name, membership category and membership number , no spaces between them.
  4. As an example, if your name was james Bond, you were a full member with the number 234, you would enter jamesbondF234 as your user name.
  5. Create your own password and fill in the rest of the boxes as required.
  6. Once you have completed the application, submit it and as soon as I see it in the pending box, I will approve it.

Any problems let me know.

Graham Irving <>

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