Based in the beautiful South West of Scotland, Barry Holiday had been a practicing falconer since 1953 and has been breeding top class game falcons for a number of years.
His experience has been mainly with pure Peregrine falcons flown at grouse, partridge, duck and pheasant.
He has an excellent understanding of what the modern falconer requires, previously flying Fanny one of his own home bred falcons – high mounting with an excellent success rate at all types of game.
In 2006 he took up a new Eyass female Lizzie Bennett, bred from Fanny and the Wee Man. She has already exceeded expectations and is one of the highest mounting eyass falcons he has flown, naturally mounting without the aid of a kite! She is not the only offspring from this pair of breeding birds to be naturally high mounting.
The parent birds, all pure peregrines of Scottish descent, are in seclusion aviaries with all offspring completely parent reared and fed a near natural diet.
Falcons were previously for sale. A deposit will be required by any person wishing to secure the purchase of a bird with full payment being made on collection. If delivery is required then arrangements must be made in advance.
This site has become more about interest and education about falconry.
There was a DVD about falconry by Barry
Yorkshire Falconers Club meetings
The Yorkshire Meetings started with a request from the North West Group of the British Falconers Club for a venue for a field meeting in the early 1970’s.
Barry was friendly with farming landowners in Yorkshire and asked if it would be possible to hold a field meeting on their ground. The first meeting was attended by a few members of the North West Group flying just falcons. From these early beginnings it developed into what could only be described as a monstrous meeting!
At one stage there were more people in attendance than the Woodhall Spa International Meeting. If I can recall, at one of the meetings there were at least 90 people sat down for dinner on the Saturday evening.
Its size really became unmanageable with me living in Scotland it was not fair to ask other people to organize and be responsible for such a volume of people. In those days it was not just confined to long wings we had everything from Sparrowhawks, Bald Eagles to Golden Eagles!
Over the last few years it has been run primarily for long wings. Peter Wall and myself being the only two from the original meeting. We have now with us some younger falconers whose birds can be flown with the best.
Barry was always very grateful to the landowners who had been more than generous and patient over the years, sadly some of them are no longer with us.
Contact information for Barry Francis Holiday was (in 2006): tel Tel +44 671 840 264 e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barry was also a painter of wildlife art. These were his works from Africa.
And his paintings of Falcons:
(Some photos donated to charity for lung cancer research.)
Photos of falcons