So welcome to our first blog and we hope you enjoy reading the future ones. As some of you know we have been operating since 2015, the journey has been fun but we have also had some low’s along the way like any business starting. The aim has always to be as different to any other falconry experience, to make sure the team come before anything, and to use the birds to champion their own species in the wild. The nice thing for us is we have actually worked in the field regards conservation, we understand the conservation impacts and politics that each species face, especially vultures and eagles.
The one thing I would like to stress is even though we call it falconry, it really isn’t. What we practice is more for education and at times a little entertainment. We do use falconry techniques to fly the team but falconry practiced properly is a true art. We were lucky enough to have a true falconer as a personal family friend, Murray Simmonds was somebody who was truly passionate about the sport of falconry and the vast history it has. It was a true honour to have him in our lives and he has be truly missed since his passing in August of 2021. However his spirit of falconry will be passed to others through us when people visit for experience days.
So what is in store for 2022, our main goal will be promoting conservation of all bird species. However as we reside in Wales it is in our interest to promote White Tailed Eagle conservation. Florence is our WTE, again she is an ambassador for her species and we hope to use her as much as possible in 2022 for public engagement on the possible re introduction of the species to Wales. With a wing span over 7ft and standing 2ft tall she is very impressive. Her species also plays a key role in keeping ecosystems clean and healthy, in our mind they would be a great bird to re introduce.
We would like to say thank you to everyone for their support in 2021, we look forward to meeting new people in 2022 but also friends who return.
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Wings Of Wales was established in 2015 by conservation photographer and bird of prey handler Lewis Phillips.
Bird of prey flying team, based in the stunning region of the Brecon Beacons.