Mark was brought up in the falconry world and is one of very few second generation falconers. Given his first falcon at the age of nine, a merlin, Mark has many years’ experience flying falcons, especially in game hawking. Having a falconer father who is one of the foremost experts on the sport’s history, Mark saw a need to save British falconry heritage and so conceived the idea of a British Archive of Falconry. Putting together a team of experts, he formed the British Archives of Falconry.
A well-known wildlife and sporting artist, Mark has travelled much of the world through both his work and falconry. He has had numerous exhibitions in the UK and the Middle East and has paintings in prominent collections. Being involved in falconry for such a long time, in recent years Mark has become involved in the politics and management of the sport. He is both Archives representative and International Association of Falconry representative for the British Falconers’ Club and sits on the Hawk Board. He is also a director of the Falconry Heritage Trust and an Honorary Patron of the Falconry Museum in Valkenswaard in the Netherlands. He has great interest in the history of our sport and has been involved in producing three of his father’s books, O for a Falconer’s Voice, Hood, Leash and Lure and Arab Falconry. Mark also edited and designed the British Archives of Falconry’s first publication Memories of a Master Falconer.
L. de Bastyai (2013) Memories of a Master Falconer (edited with Paul Beecroft and David Horobin)
Articles in The Falconer, the journal of the British Falconers’ Club.