Falcon fan hopes plans will take off

James Channon pictured with Lily the Harris hawk

James Channon pictured with Lily the Harris hawk

First published in Abingdon

A NEW birds of prey centre could open at Millets Farm near Abingdon.

The centre would hold three displays a day in the summer showing owls, hawks and vultures, as well as welcoming schools and working on conservation in the area.

The plan, due to go before Vale of White Horse District Council, would also be a dream come true and the result of 10 years of planning for the man in charge – James Channon.

Mr Channon currently offers private, one-on-one experiences with birds of prey at his business, Fallowfields Falconry in Southmoor.

But now he has a chance to educate thousands of visitors to Millets about the birds. He said: “There is a lack of conservation work in Oxfordshire in general, and being at Millets will increase public awareness and gives us more clout. For example, kestrels have declined by about 50 per cent in the last 10 years.

“But it is not just about conserving native species, it is about awareness. It is a case of being somewhere where this information is available. That is how people’s perceptions of birds of prey can be improved.”

A large proportion of the company’s 65 birds would move to Millets, and they would also welcome an endangered African Rüppell’s Griffon Vulture.

As well as offering displays in the summer and winter, there would be a classroom, and a viewing room.

Tony Carter, who runs Millets Farm with his brother Nigel, said: “We feel it is something that would be quite popular.”

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7:27pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

Now that would be brilliant. My children love seeing these majestic birds in flight. It will be a winner.
Now that would be brilliant. My children love seeing these majestic birds in flight. It will be a winner. Pavinder Msvarensy
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9:24pm Mon 19 Nov 12

ShireLass76 says...

Great news, have visited many falconry centres over the last 15 years, Fallowfields Falconry was one of the best. This will be a great asset to the area.
Great news, have visited many falconry centres over the last 15 years, Fallowfields Falconry was one of the best. This will be a great asset to the area. ShireLass76
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5:06pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Pavinder Msvarensy says...

-81 So if I write that it is really cruel and bad to keep birds like this. Will I get a + 81. I don't think so Mr Troll, but as I said earlier I am very complimented that you think that my comments are sooooo important that you need to follow my every word. Thank you I have never felt so self satisfied in my sorry little life. Cheers Mate.
-81 So if I write that it is really cruel and bad to keep birds like this. Will I get a + 81. I don't think so Mr Troll, but as I said earlier I am very complimented that you think that my comments are sooooo important that you need to follow my every word. Thank you I have never felt so self satisfied in my sorry little life. Cheers Mate. Pavinder Msvarensy
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