At the Hawk Conservancy Trust in Sarson Lane, visitors of all ages can become part of the performance in the delightful ‘Sarson Falconer’ bird of prey display.Throughout August and the Bank Holiday Weekend, thisre-enactment of village life in medieval Englandbrings to life the traditional skills of mounted falconry,with Murphy, the Irish Sport horse and Lark, the PeregrineFalcon.
Visitors who’d like to take part simply sign up when they arrive at theTrust. There is a variety of villager roles to choose from,such as beekeeper, hay-turner, blacksmith and scythe-cutter. For younger actors, the opportunities include butterfly-catchers and plough-pullers. Participants need no acting experience, just enthusiasm. There are no lines to learn,and the Trust provides costumes to ensure everyone looks the part.
Being a cast member brings the chance of a close look atPeregrineFalconLark, the fastest animal on Earth, as he swoops across the medieval meadow,hunting for prey amongst the wildflowers and grasses–often passing just inches from the actors.
The Sarson Falconer takes placedailyat 2 pm,and is part of the popular Valley of the Eagles display,which dramatically presents the aerial talents of the Trust’s vultures, BlackKites and magnificentBaldEagles. During this show it is not unusual for the demonstration birds to be joined by wild birds such as Red Kites, EuropeanBuzzards andKestrels.
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