As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Sheikh's Borders falcon centre approved

A remote farm in the Borders is set to become a falcon breeding and training centre for the Qatari royal family.

Planners have given the go-ahead for the development by Sheikh Ali Abdullah bin Jassim al-Thani at Weensmuir Farm, near Bonchester Bridge.

He anticipates members of the royal family visiting four times a year to select birds of prey for purchase.

Scottish Borders Council approved the plans with a string of conditions attached to the development.

About 40 high-value falcons at a time will be bred and trained at the centre.

The plans will see the current farmhouse almost double in size along with the conversion of a stable block for staff accommodation, the creation of a pond and the erection of large hack pens where the birds learn to fly.

Permission was given for the erection of breeding pens and storage buildings as well as being able to accommodate guests with an entourage of up to 15 people.

In his application the Sheikh wrote: "The breeding of high quality hawks and training for hunting is a popular pastime in Qatar and the reputation for hawks trained in the UK is excellent - and this proposal aims to take advantage of local expertise.

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