It is believed that falconry may have originated in the Far East as early as 2000 BC and was possibly introduced into the British Isles around 860 AD.
Today in Britain a variety of birds of prey are flown in the sport including Harris Hawks, Red Tailed Hawks, Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine, Goshawk and Gyrfalcon.
Quarry available to falconers in Britain are hares, rabbits, game birds (pheasants and partridge) and birds excluded either wholly or seasonally by the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
Many falconers in the UK are now using the European Hunt, Point and Retrieve breeds of dogs to find and flush game for their raptors to hunt.
British Country Sports has a network of commercial falconry centres, clubs and individuals operating in the UK offering raptor handling, care and hunting lessons for visitors and falconry novices.