Turning a passion into a career with NBC Environment
NBC Falconer Andy Crowle was recently featured on BBC Radio Solent and BBC South Today, talking about his career change from the corporate world into working full time with birds of prey.
Having served in the RAF and progressed into a long and successful corporate career, Andy took time to “rethink what’s important in life” following the death of his wife Sue. Andy has always had an interest in birds of prey, further fuelled by a falconry experience purchased by Sue 2 years ago. He intended to take up falconry as a hobby, but a busy career and Sue’s illness prevented him from doing so.
After Sue’s death, Andy decided to follow his passion and (in his own words), applied to NBC Environment “on a whim”. Other than a certificate in Falconry, his CV contained no relevant experience but his passion and enthusiasm shone through. Andy was trained by our Head Falconer and initially provided with 2 Harris Hawks, Willow and Val. Since then he has also been issued with Rogue, an 8 month old female Pere/Lanner Falcon.
Andy spends the majority of his time at Southampton’s University Hospital as the resident falconer. He will fly a bird for 20-30 minutes every hour, totalling up to 3hrs for each bird every day. The birds provide a constant presence and threat to the hospital’s pigeon population, protecting the health and safety of staff, patients and visitors.
Listen to the full radio interview here (starts at 34mins): https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04ltv86
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