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Sheepdog & Falconry Displays

Shows for 2017

The Borough Farm sheepdog and Falconry displays will be starting on June 1st at Borough Farm in North Devon, near Woolacombe and Mortehoe. They will continue each Wednesday evening until September 6th. As always the sheepdog show will be performed by David Kennard, and for the falconry display we will be joined once again by Exmoor falconer George Pile, with his array of Hawks, Owls and Kestrels.

Our displays will take place every Wednesday evenings at 6pm. We hope you’ll be able to join us for an evening of amazing sheepdogs and breath-taking falconry.

  • Wednesday evening 6pm May 31st to September 6th
  • Adults £6.00, children £3.00 under 5’s free
  • No need to book in advance
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome
  • We now have under cover seating available at the farm, for those occasional damp evenings

The new seating barn has proved a great success on damp evenings and creates a completely different atmosphere for the displays. With the sheepdogs working close by as well as far into the distance and George’s birds at home flying in the barn, we can promise an unforgettable evening even on the most inclement days.

David Kennard – Sheepdogs

David and his family have farmed at Borough Farm for 25 years. During that time sheepdogs have been a major part of David’s life, not only as invaluable assistance around the farm and on the rugged Mortehoe coastline where some of the flock graze, but also in the shows that Borough Farm hosts throughout the summer. David’s sheepdogs are equally at home  working far into the distance, or marshalling the hilarious antics of the ducks that form a part of the Wednesday evening shows. The Borough farm sheepdogs are also famed for the TV series ‘Mist-Sheepdog tales’ that David created, and ran on Channel Five for 10 years.

George Pile – Falconry

Exmoor Falconer George Pile is fast making a name for himself in the falconry world. From his remote home deep in the Exmoor countryside, he has been training and flying his birds of prey from the age of 9. His team now includes Peregrine and Lanner Falcons, Harris Hawks, Owls, and Kestrels. Just as with David’s sheepdogs each of George’s birds is very individual and excel at different parts of the display.

Harris hawks are George’s most intelligent birds, and unlike other birds of prey in that they naturally live in small groups. George’s Kestrels have a charm all of their own, these tiny birds weigh only a few ounces but are a delight to audiences with the ability to hover a few feet over head. Kestrels are a common site as they hunt along the grass roadside verges, but to see such a bird flying at such close quarters is just wonderful.

David and George look forward to seeing you at one of the displays this summer.

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