Late June 2018: It's two years since Anya's first tree climb for a hawk. She's back in the harness again this summer, and Ed interviews her in a report for the local community radio station, Claremorris Community Radio: www.ccr946.ie.
At midsummer, the moment finally arrived for Anya to climb the tree. What happened next surprised us. And what happened after that. And after that too. It's taken a month to get this episode edited and finished, but here it is.
This midsummer night's episode finds us taking a deep breath and gathering our thoughts. We are only a day or two from attempting the wild take. In the forest, we and the sparrowhawks get closer than ever.
In this episode, we spend a dark and lonely night on the island in the hope of meeting a hawk. But even back gardens can be scary, strange places. We face the fear, and find mysteries high and low. Book mentioned: 'Tracks and Signs of the Birds of Britain and Europe' (2nd ed.) by Roy Brown, John Ferguson, Michael Lawrence and David Lees, 2003, Christopher Helm / A&C Black. Film mentioned: 'The Secret Life of the Sparrowhawk' by Dave Culley, narrated by Chris Packham: sparrowhawk-island.co.uk.
Yes, we got the licence - but what do we really think we're getting ourselves in for? Also in this episode: highs and lows in the search for nest sites, tips from an old hand, and how falconry can help you in the boardroom.