Shropshire Tourism Member Business to feature on BBC One's Country Tracks
22nd December 2010
A unique Shropshire business, Hawks on Walks, that gives people the opportunity to walk through the countryside and become a falconer for the morning, has been chosen to feature on BBC One’s Country Tracks.
The series celebrates the best of the British countryside and is presented by Ben Fogle. Filming is due to take place in early April, after producers paid a successful preliminary visit to the county to meet owner and falconer Mark Southall earlier this month.
Commenting, Mark said, “I am delighted that Country Tracks have decided to film one of our walks. They take place on the Albrighton Country Estate, where we fly the birds, Harris Hawks, in a 200-acre wood and the surrounding fields. They last approximately 1 hour and are about a mile long, during which the Hawks are called repeatedly to people’s fist, whilst they naturally follow on through the trees.”
“A unique part of the experience is the individuality of the walks, the walk is totally their own and whomever they choose to share it with. This offers people plenty of time to ask any questions, and with the birds flying and landing so close there are great photographic and filming opportunities.”
Mark has also expressed his delight that the producers of the series read about Hawks on Walks on the Shropshire Tourism website, www.shropshiretourism.co.uk
“Membership with Shropshire Tourism and the online presence I receive has certainly proven very beneficial. If I hadn’t been a member of Shropshire Tourism the producers may never have heard about Hawks on Walks. Being featured on Country Tracks is fantastic publicity for Hawks on Walks and for Shropshire.