History of the Welsh Hawking Club
The Welsh Hawking Club was founded in South Wales in 1962 by a handful of Welsh sportsmen under the guidance of a Hungarian falconer of international fame, Lorant de Bastyai who became their first President. The W.H.C. was invited to attend the international field meetings of the Osterreichischer Falknerbund (Austria) and the Deutscher Falkenorden (Germany). As the club became internationally known more invitations soon followed. Members often returned with Goshawks on their fists, which were gifts from new friends, made at the meetings. It is now the second largest club in the Country with a membership in excess of 350 includmany from abroad who attend our field meetings.
Lorant de Bastyai de Founder President Of The Welsh Hawking Club
We hold monthly meetings in South Wales, North Wales, Bath, Exeter, Midlands and Essex. At these meetings you can usually hear a speaker in a variety of sporting topics. You can also buy falconry furniture at reduced rates, buy food for your falcon, consume your favourite beverage and socialise with other members, reliving recent flights as fishermen do about "the one that got away".
The club has a breeding project which members may purchase hawks. Membership also brings the best magazine form any club bar none, The Austringer, together with several Mewsletters each year to keep members right up to date with what's happening in the falconry world and particularly the club. We are members of The Hawk Board, and the I.A.F. (International Association of Falconry) and are affiliated to the Countryside Alliance.
The Welsh Hawking Club has a reputation as a friendly club with a large number of practising falconers in its ranks. Mr Douglas Morgans, our President, was one of the original founder members of the club. This forward-looking clubs'superb website is now being used by the Campaign for Falconry and other organisations.
Our annual subscription is £30 with an initial joining fee of £5. If you are interested in joining or learning more contact our Membership Secretary Kevin Simcox,17 Yeoman Way, Great Sutton, Wirral CH66 2SA
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