Who We Are

Meet the Team at Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre

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 Sadie Shepherd:  Since childhood Sadie has had a passion for animals and the environment, and always knew she would work with them somehow. Studying for a National Diploma in Land and Countryside Studies at the Berkshire College of Agriculture and then to Devon for a Degree in Rural Resource Management. After graduation she moved to Somerset and this lead to her first introduction to Falconry at a small centre in the middle of Exmoor. ‘My first lesson was patience! I sat for 4 hours with a Saker Falcon on a very hard bench, but was smitten instantly’  From the centre, Sadie’s passion grew to take her around the world volunteering in America, Iceland and Africa. 

In 2006 Sadie went to work for a falcon breeding centre in Derbyshire, this was a real eye opener into the true falconry world of hunting. Over the winter I looked to start my own business, returning to my passion of environmental education. Hawks on Walks was launched in 2007 and successfully relocated to Shropshire where the business really took off. From flying the Harris Hawks I realized that there is a real hole in our knowledge of British Birds of Prey and I started to really look at expanding to include these magnificent birds. In 2009 Sadie sold Hawks on Walks and has returned to Berkshire setting up Feathers and Fur Falconry Centre at Ladds Garden Village. ‘I aim to introduce people to the birds that we so often glimpse at on the side of the motorway or admire as they circle and soar above us, teaching how they fit into the environment and how we can help to protect them". 

 katie tKaty Doughty: Katy joined the Feathers and Fur team in 2013 and has quickly become an invaluable member of the team sharing a wealth of knowledge and passion with all of our visitors to the site. With a BSc in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from Merrist Wood College Katy has volunteered at sites such as the Hawk Conservancy and Amazing Animals, and with such a depth of Bird experience even started teaching the younger students and evening courses at the college. In 2011 Katy started her own successful dog walking business V.I.Pets and understands the passion and commitment to animals and birds.
 
 
 
Bird and Animal Team Members

 

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'Tom' - Harris Hawk

  

echo t

'Echo' - Harris Hawk

  

sam t

'Sam' - Harris Hawk 

  

mouse t

'Mouse' - Buzzard

 pops t

'Pops' - Red Kite

 

 acer t

'Acer' - Peregrine

 

 melody t

'Melody' - Lanner

 

 bourville t

'Bourne' - Kestrel

 billie t

'Billie' - European
Eagle Owl

 

 meg t

'Meg' - Great Grey
Owl

 

 charlie t

'Charlie' - Indian
Eagle Owl

 

 hendrix t

'Hendrix' - Long
Eared Owl

 wiggy t

'Wiggy' - Barn Owl

 

 ziggy t

'Ziggy' - Barn Owl

 

 bert t

'Bert' - Barn Owl

 

marley t.

'Marley' - Little Owl

 ash t

'Ash' - Tawny Owl

 

suggs t

'Suggs' - Tawny Owl

 

 lady t

'Lady' - Cocker

 

 beth t

'Beth' - Labrador

 george t

'George' - Continental
Giant Rabbit

 

 zippy t

'Zippy' - Giant
Papillon Rabbit

 

 guinea pig t

Guinea Pig
Team

 

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The Ferret
Team