Wisbech student is one of youngest in the country to earn a falconry award

Wisbech Grammar School pupil Thomas Fox, from Downham Market, has recently achieved the 'Beginning F

Wisbech Grammar School pupil Thomas Fox, from Downham Market, has recently achieved the 'Beginning Falconry Award', a nationally recognised qualification in falconry. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Grammar School pupil Thomas Fox has become one of the youngest people in the country to earn a nationally recognised qualification in falconry.

Wisbech Grammar School pupil Thomas Fox, from Downham Market, has recently achieved the 'Beginning F

Wisbech Grammar School pupil Thomas Fox, from Downham Market, has recently achieved the 'Beginning Falconry Award', a nationally recognised qualification in falconry. - Credit: Archant

The Year six pupil passed a gruelling assessment that took five and a half hours.

The test is usually undertaken by adults.

Assessor Derek Hartsthorne said: “It has been my pleasure to work with Thomas on this award, he has excelled in all aspects of his performance.

“As part of the assessment process, Thomas has produced an excellent and extensive portfolio of evidence, and been subjected to several tests of his handling skills, which he passed with ease.”


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Thomas has already been putting his qualification into practice having recently attended the East Anglian Game Fair where he helped in a falconry demonstration.

Thomas is currently in the process of building his own aviary as he awaits the arrival of his own bird - a large Asian wood owl.

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