Members Register Launched by IRBPP

A new searchable database of IRBPP Members is launched today. The directory lists Professional Falconers in the UK and elsewhere who meet high welfare standards and who are subject to quality assurance processes through the IRBPP Register.

15 categories including Bird Control, School Visits, Certificated Training and much more are listed alongside location maps and contact details.

Find Professional Falconers for all bird of prey related services here: Professional Falconers Directory


Following months of detailed talks National Bird Control (NBC) have thrown their weight behind the IRBPP and Raptor Awards. From 2021 all of their directly employed bird control operatives as well as their Delivery Partners will be required to hold Raptor Awards modules C1 to C9.

In addition NBC are also specifying that their wider network of Delivery Partners must take up IRBPP membership either as an individual or corporate body.

Richard Henderson, Operations Manager at NBC said today:

We believe that a properly trained workforce, holding recognised qualifications, and committed to bird of prey welfare is the right move for NBC. This is good for us, good for the sector and good for our clients and customers.

More information on Raptor Awards courses is available here:

Bird Control Licences revoked

Following a legal challenge DEFRA has been forced to revoke three General Licences for Bird control with immediate effect.

GL 04, 05 and 06 licenses are affected by this change.

DEFRA is ‘working at pace’ to put a new system in place.

A present bird controllers wishing to undertake bird control activities for the relevant species will need to seek Individual Licences.

Full DEFRA statement is here:

Project Lugger

“Raptor Awards and the IRBPP are extremely pleased to have been able to support Project Lugger with a donation from our funds this year.

Sadly, this delightful little falcon is in serious decline in its natural environment, and is desperately in need of help”.

If you feel able to support Project Lugger please make a contribution using the button below.  Thank you.

The Lugger (sometimes known as the Laggar) Falcon is endemic to the Indian sub-continent and has previously ranged from Afghanistan in the north to the tip of India.

Sadly both its range and numbers have reduced in recent years and this once common falcon is becoming increasingly rare.

Fortunately, well-known falconer and committed conservationist Bob Dalton has been instrumental in developing Project Lugger, a captive-breeding programme supported in the UK and abroad  by falconers and others who care enough about the plight of this falcon to commit their time and resources to the continuing survival of the Lugger Falcon.

IAF Council of Delegates – 2018

This is a special year for the International Association for Falconry and the Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) who celebrate their 50th anniversary this year.

We are pleased to confirm that Derek Hartshorne, Director Raptor Awards CIC will be attending the International Meeting and Council of Delegates , where we have been granted ‘observer status’.  This is a great honour for us, as well as a fantastic opportunity to renew old acquaintances and meet new Falconers from across the world, and to promote the work of both Raptor Awards CIC and the IRBPP.

The International meeting is being hosted by the Deutscher Falkenorden in the medieval city of Bamberg.  Bamberg is a Unesco World Heritage Site.