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Cotswold Falconry Centre

What?

Both a zoo, showing birds of prey, and a training facility, giving periodic demonstrations of falconry. See their web site.

Where?

Batsford Park, near the market town of Moreton-in-Marsh, in the north Cotswold Hills.

Photography

This was reasonably photographer-friendly. I was able to use a tripod much of the time. (I didn't use flash).

True "natural history" photography doesn't use creatures in artificial environments like this. I haven't erased the signs that these birds are captive for part of the time.

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Batsford Arboretum

Tree in Batsford Arboretum in AutumnThe Cotswold Falconry is next to the Batsford Arboretum. This is also worth a visit, especially in Autumn. (Ask them when this will be, then confirm it at the time).

Ethics

These birds are reared in artificial conditions and trained to entertain. Is this OK?

Street musician, ChinaEvery person I meet was reared in artificial conditions. I'm writing this in a week when a trained entertainer (Eva Garcia, Homo sapiens) died while entertaining people in a circus. Some people I meet appear more stressed than the birds in the Cotswold Falconry.

Page last updated: 8 January, 2010