Tony has been interested in falconry since childhood and worked in airfield clearance after his education. During that time he got to know many falconers and developed a huge interest in falconry heritage, becoming a major collector whose passion for falconry is matched only by his enthusiasm for the sport’s heritage. He enjoys close links with French falconers and is one of few British members of the French National Association of Falconers and Austringers (ANFA), regularly travelling to hawk in the Champagne region throughout the season.
Tony is a very proficient falconer, mainly flying merlins and peregrines. A long-time member of the British Falconers’ Club, he sat, for many years, on its council and served for a period as Treasurer. He has also worked in various capacities with the International Association for Falconry, organising several exhibits for both organisations, his external business interests in furnishing even leading him to produce furniture upholstered with the BFC logo. Tony recently helped to put on an exhibition representing falconry’s heritage to MEPs within the European Parliament building in Brussels, and was an important choice to sit on the board of the British Archives of Falconry where he continues to work hard on fundraising and exhibitions.