Originally fifteen local falconers and raptor keepers recognised the dramatic affect the 1981 Act would have on falconry and agreed to pool their knowledge and expertise in order to develop their own domestic breeding programme. However they soon realised that there were many more local falconers interested in joining the group, so the decision was taken to open up membership to other falconers.
We feel the SEFG provides an unrivalled forum within the South & East of England for falconers to meet, discuss and practice falconry. Amongst our membership we can boast successful breeders of all raptor species generally considered suitable for falconry here in the UK.
We pride ourselves on being one of the more active clubs, having a very high proportion of practising falconers and this is reflected in our busy field-meeting schedule. Our monthly meetings provide a relaxed informal opportunity for new members to meet and mix with falconers from all backgrounds and levels of experience. Members of the Committee are always on hand to assist those wishing to learn more about the sport and are happy to provide introductions so that knowledge and experience can be shared. And of course, being active in the wider falconry community means that we can draw upon the extensive knowledge of falconers in other clubs or locations.
In order to support Clubs activities, income is raised through annual subscriptions, raffles and from undertaking a limited number of hawk flying displays at country shows. In addition to raising funds these shows enable us to promote falconry, country sports and occasionally to obtain hunting land for future field-meetings. Because of this our summer season forms an important part of the Groups activities.
SEFG Monthly Meetings
The Group holds its meetings in two locations; near Basildon, Essex and near Winchester Hampshire. Our main meeting is takes place on the last Tuesday of every month (except December) at the Haywain Pub, Fobbing, SS17 9NR. The meeting starts just after 8pm. The general format is to discuss business, followed a demonstration, talk or video and concluded (time permitting) by open discussion.
Our Winchester meeting is a smaller, informal affair and is held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Phoenix Inn, High Street, Twyford, (SO21 1RF) and starts at 8.00pm. The Phoenix is situated on the B3335 2 miles from Winchester (M3 junction 11). But please contact the Club Secretary before attending as occasionally the meeting is moved to the 2nd Tuesday.