Rustington firm offers bird of prey for wedding day

The Argus: Rustington firm offers bird of prey for wedding day Rustington firm offers bird of prey for wedding day

A businessman is hoping his new matrimonial idea will take off in the new year.

Birds of prey owner Kevin Lochner and his partner Michelle Faull are looking to branch out and use their menagerie of owls, hawks and kestrels to bring airborne entertainment to someone’s special day.

The couple’s Rustington-based firm Hawking About, which currently carries out school visits, pest control and history days, is looking to provide wedding services from January.


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To get the new service off the ground, the firm are offering one lucky couple their services free of charge.

The firm will offer a bronze, silver and gold package which will all include time for the best man to get adjusted to handling the bird while the top package will include a 30-minute aerial display.

The Hawking About line-up includes five hawks, three owls, a kestrel and a falcon called Taz.

Mr Lochner said he was inspired to start his business three years ago when he took his first Harris Hawk up to the Lake District and was amazed at the positive response to the birds from a group of disabled people he met.

The firm also offers a bird control service at two schools in Angmering and Littlehampton by taking their birds on daily visits to the schools to scare away seagulls who swoop down on pupils’ lunches.

The 36-year-old, who also works nights as a security guard, said he was confident his birds would not be unnerved performing at a wedding and would not disappear up into the venue rafters.

He said: “My birds are used to flying around halls full of schoolchildren, 400 people at Arundel Castle and 20,000 people at Wiston House so they are used to being in the public arena.

“Getting the birds to fly back is all about getting their weight right so that they want to fly back for their titbit of food.

“One of my birds, Willow the barn owl, I know has a flying weight of 10.5oz but at 12oz she would be not so keen to fly back to me.

“We are going to do a couple of wedding fayres in January and the wedding companies we have spoken to are keen and say there aren’t many people who can offer this service in Sussex.”

If you are interested in having a bird of prey at your big day visit hawkingabout.info, contact 07808 899599 or email hawkingabout@hotmail.co.uk.

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9:14am Sun 29 Dec 13

Quiterie says...

This story gets more and more sinister. Why has this piece been posted again? Is this guy related to someone at the Argus?
This story gets more and more sinister. Why has this piece been posted again? Is this guy related to someone at the Argus? Quiterie

9:59am Sun 29 Dec 13

dave.otis says...

The page with all the real comments on is still there and has been copied for when things go horribly wrong ;-)
Go back to the main page and yesterdays page is 2 below this one.
More on this lot............... http://www.hawkingab
out.info/
The page with all the real comments on is still there and has been copied for when things go horribly wrong ;-) Go back to the main page and yesterdays page is 2 below this one. More on this lot............... http://www.hawkingab out.info/ dave.otis

10:23am Sun 29 Dec 13

antipope says...

What, pray, is sinister about the article? I haven't read the first posting, but from what I learn in this article this is an absolutely brilliant idea - particularly the pest-control aspect.. I wish there were a lot more birds of prey around to keep the bloody pigeons and seagulls in check!
What, pray, is sinister about the article? I haven't read the first posting, but from what I learn in this article this is an absolutely brilliant idea - particularly the pest-control aspect.. I wish there were a lot more birds of prey around to keep the bloody pigeons and seagulls in check! antipope

10:56am Sun 29 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is.

DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL.
These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is. DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL. getThisCoalitionOut

11:19am Sun 29 Dec 13

hawks'r'us says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is.

DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL.
All birds of prey in the UK are captive bred..........not wild taken as this is illegal. The owl above would not survive in the wild if it was liberated by the looney antis. Owls must be imprinted to be able to be used for personal, educational or business use. The Article 10 that comes with the bird, wich is issued by Animal Health will state if the bird is able to be used for commercial use or not.
When the chick opens its eyes on day 9, it will see a human and be fed by it. the bird is then imprinted on humans and if got lost or flew off would most probably be killed by crows/gulls or other raptors fairly quickly, or it wil die of starvation.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is. DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL.[/p][/quote]All birds of prey in the UK are captive bred..........not wild taken as this is illegal. The owl above would not survive in the wild if it was liberated by the looney antis. Owls must be imprinted to be able to be used for personal, educational or business use. The Article 10 that comes with the bird, wich is issued by Animal Health will state if the bird is able to be used for commercial use or not. When the chick opens its eyes on day 9, it will see a human and be fed by it. the bird is then imprinted on humans and if got lost or flew off would most probably be killed by crows/gulls or other raptors fairly quickly, or it wil die of starvation. hawks'r'us

11:27am Sun 29 Dec 13

tykemison says...

hawks'r'us wrote:
getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is.

DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL.
All birds of prey in the UK are captive bred..........not wild taken as this is illegal. The owl above would not survive in the wild if it was liberated by the looney antis. Owls must be imprinted to be able to be used for personal, educational or business use. The Article 10 that comes with the bird, wich is issued by Animal Health will state if the bird is able to be used for commercial use or not.
When the chick opens its eyes on day 9, it will see a human and be fed by it. the bird is then imprinted on humans and if got lost or flew off would most probably be killed by crows/gulls or other raptors fairly quickly, or it wil die of starvation.
So, in essence, what you are saying is:now that we have kidnapped these majestic creatures from their natural habitat(maybe generation's ago, but taken non-the less), only someone with less understanding than said kidnapper's would be foolish enough to release back into the wild!!! Oh,the irony.
[quote][p][bold]hawks'r'us[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: These birds should be in the wild and not doing this. What a horrible cruel man this person is. DO NOT BOOK THIS COMPANY FOR ANYTHING, IT IS CRUEL.[/p][/quote]All birds of prey in the UK are captive bred..........not wild taken as this is illegal. The owl above would not survive in the wild if it was liberated by the looney antis. Owls must be imprinted to be able to be used for personal, educational or business use. The Article 10 that comes with the bird, wich is issued by Animal Health will state if the bird is able to be used for commercial use or not. When the chick opens its eyes on day 9, it will see a human and be fed by it. the bird is then imprinted on humans and if got lost or flew off would most probably be killed by crows/gulls or other raptors fairly quickly, or it wil die of starvation.[/p][/quote]So, in essence, what you are saying is:now that we have kidnapped these majestic creatures from their natural habitat(maybe generation's ago, but taken non-the less), only someone with less understanding than said kidnapper's would be foolish enough to release back into the wild!!! Oh,the irony. tykemison

11:48am Sun 29 Dec 13

dave.otis says...

tykemison says... So, in essence, what you are saying is:now that we have kidnapped these majestic creatures from their natural habitat(maybe generation's ago, but taken non-the less), only someone with less understanding than said kidnapper's would be foolish enough to release back into the wild!!! Oh,the irony.

Just like all the cats, dogs, horses, cattle sheep etc. If it wasn't for the captive breeding of these beautiful creatures, many, many would have become extinct by now. You seem to be trying to detract from the article and use this as a propaganda thread for the knit-your-own muesli brigade.
tykemison says... So, in essence, what you are saying is:now that we have kidnapped these majestic creatures from their natural habitat(maybe generation's ago, but taken non-the less), only someone with less understanding than said kidnapper's would be foolish enough to release back into the wild!!! Oh,the irony. Just like all the cats, dogs, horses, cattle sheep etc. If it wasn't for the captive breeding of these beautiful creatures, many, many would have become extinct by now. You seem to be trying to detract from the article and use this as a propaganda thread for the knit-your-own muesli brigade. dave.otis

1:06pm Sun 29 Dec 13

dave.otis says...

Forget all the above...............
.....just been on the hakinabout Facebook page and the 'prize' has already been given!!.............
advertising scam me thinks.

Kevin Lochner
the lucky winners of the give away are Jo Wingrove and Ray Fallick.
Congratulations guys. Could you PM me you email address so I can send you the relevant information.
Like · · 15 December at 21:23
Forget all the above............... .....just been on the hakinabout Facebook page and the 'prize' has already been given!!............. advertising scam me thinks. Kevin Lochner the lucky winners of the give away are Jo Wingrove and Ray Fallick. Congratulations guys. Could you PM me you email address so I can send you the relevant information. Like · · 15 December at 21:23 dave.otis

1:57pm Sun 29 Dec 13

tykemison says...

In fairness, judging by the Man's spelling, he most probably forgot:-) ever heard of the saying"free as a bird?" and after millions of years of evolution, the main reason animals become'extinct'is because of greedy, controlling humans.
In fairness, judging by the Man's spelling, he most probably forgot:-) ever heard of the saying"free as a bird?" and after millions of years of evolution, the main reason animals become'extinct'is because of greedy, controlling humans. tykemison

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