Fledgling falconry business takes to
the air, on Skye
Euan Naylor & Jenny Sandiford, Skye
Seagulls beware! The falcons
of Kensalyre are coming to get you.
Since starting up "hawk walks" and falconry courses last year, Euan
Naylor and Jenny Sandiford of the Isle of Skye Falconry were surprised
to hear from local businesses keen to scare off troublesome seagulls.
“We didn't see ourselves offering a pest control service when we first
started the business but it has certainly helped us survive a quiet
winter,” Ms Sandiford said. “We've completed a few contracts, and our
birds seem to have been quite successful at scaring off gulls. They
don't actually catch or kill them, they just disturb them from nesting
and roosting in the area.”
The fledgling business was taken under the wing of Skye and Lochalsh
Enterprise as part of the “HIE Starts” scheme. Shirley Grant, HIE Starts
adviser with SALE, said helping new businesses get off the ground and
stay in the air was a top priority for the agency.
She added: “They are now ready to spread their wings, but we will
continue to meet regularly with them to offer our support as their
business grows, and I wish them every success for the future.”
West Highland Free Press, February 14, 2003