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Welcome to Falconry for Schools

The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Falconry for Schools project complements perfectly our Fishing 4 Schools project in that it enhances learning in a fun environment whilst teaching youngsters about the beauty of an ancient sport - in this case, flying birds of prey.

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Falconry instructors Sharon, Bob and Sandra

Falconry for Schools' incredible year

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

It’s the end of what was a busy and exciting academic year for Falconry for Schools. The project was delivered to 26 schools combined in Hampshire, Cornwall, Yorkshire and Lancashire between January and July 2014. In December, the project recruited three new instructors who attended a training day led by course director Judith Wrighte.

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Falconry for Schools spreads its wings in different counties

Thursday, 24 July 2014

2014 has been a productive year for the Foundation’s Falconry for Schools programme with schools in Yorkshire, Hampshire and Cornwall getting involved in the programme. Feedback has been positive and children are thrilled to come into close contact with the beautiful birds. Sharon Bindon is a Falconry for Schools Instructor in Cornwall and recently visited Roseland College. Their comments on the programme speak for themselves:
“As we near the end of the school year I would just like to say a huge thank you to you and all your beautiful birds for coming in to Roseland College and delivering your most enjoyable and interesting lessons on Falconry and for letting us get so up close to the birds, what a memory for all the students to keep.The lessons were very well structured and the resources excellent, all very organised and straightforward to follow. I know the students have benefited from the two days you have been with us…….”

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Outdoor Education update on Falconry for Schools.

Friday, 11 July 2014

The Alliance’s outdoor education project Falconry for Schools have been going from strength to strength this year. The project's team has now trained four falconers who are running education days in Hampshire, the South West, Yorkshire and the East of England. So far this year eight falconry days have been run and it is anticipated that around 600 children will benefit from this project this year.

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Rotherfield Park hosted a countryside day

Countryside Day for Schools at Rotherfield Park Estate

Friday, 16 May 2014

Falconry for Schools Director Judy Wrighte updates us on the project: Last week The Countryside Alliance Foundation with the ‘Falconry for Schools’ project was invited to attend another ‘Countryside Day’ for schools held at Rotherfield Park Estate, East Tidsted, Hampshire. This Countryside Day was designed to enable pupils to learn about what happens on a country estate today and how it has changed over the years. Throughout the day the pupils from the schools visited a carousel of various activity stations across the Rotherfield Park Estate. The activities from estate staff and from external organisations provided the pupils with an overview of their job, the tasks they undertake and the importance of their job in maintaining the estate and the countryside.

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Falconry for Schools 2014

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The 2014 Falconry for Schools programme has begun with pupils at schools in Hampshire and Bradford participating over the last month.
Feedback from last year’s schools has been positive. Comments include, “Having the opportunity to work with and learn about the birds that were brought into school proved to be a pivotal moment …... It certainly helped re-engage them and they have gone from strength to strength…. Thank you for providing my class with an incredible learning changing experience”.
If you would like to donate to Falconry for Schools, call us today on 020 7840 9212.

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Falcon scientist awarded OBE in New Year's Honours

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Congratulations to Dr Nick Fox who has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. The award is for ‘Services to Falconry and the Conservation of Raptors’. This is the highest award ever given for services to Falconry.

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Falconry for Schools soars into Hampshire

Monday, 28 October 2013

Judith Wrighte, Director of The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Falconry for Schools project writes "A First For Falconry": ‘Falconry for Schools’ was invited to attend a ‘Countryside Day’ for schools at the Bereleigh Estate, East Meon, Hampshire. The educational charity, Hampshire Country Learning based at Sparsholt College, organises estate and farm visits for school children in and around Hampshire in order to better understand the working countryside and food production. Hampshire Country Learning has been part of The Country Trust since 2007.

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Judith Wrighte: My Countryside

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

The Countryside Alliance Foundation's Falconry for Schools project is enchanting schoolchildren wherever it lands. Its founding Director, Judith Wrighte, is a teacher who knew she could take classroom learning, apply falconry and see great results. Judith wrote for our membership magazine on how she started the project and what it means. Read Judith's piece, "My Countryside", here, in which she explains The project has been met with great success. In a school for boys aged 11-16 who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, the students’ involvement impressed the staff, who had rarely seen such engagement. The birds’ calming influence was plainly evident and the boys handled them withtenderness and respect......"

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