Falcons return to Stonehenge in revival of Victorian tradition

English Heritage to hold socially-distanced displays over Bank Holiday weekend, writes Peter Stubley

Saturday 29 August 2020 09:14
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A peregrine falcon flies at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
A peregrine falcon flies at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.

Falcons will return to Stonehenge for a public display this Bank Holiday after an absence of nearly 100 years.

During the Victorian era the prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire was a popular backdrop for hunting with birds of prey.

It was a particular favourite of the aristocracy, who spearheaded a resurgence of the traditional sport of the nobility and established the Old Hawking Club in 1864.

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