Qatar Royalty to breed falcons in Borders

A remote farm in the Scottish Borders is set to become one of the world's leading falcon breeding and training centres for the Qatar royal family.

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Borders "ideal" for breeding falcons

Falconer Jeff Armstrong Credit: ITV Border

Falconer Jeff Armstrong already keeps a number of the birds of prey at Bonchester Bridge.

He believes the Borders is the ideal place to breed falcons.

He said:

"This area is remote, it's quiet, it's an ideal place to breed Falcons.

"The climate over here is perfect for them, it gets too hot in Qatar, and makes it much more difficult for them to breed. Also, there aren't enough daylight hours over there.

"The plan for us is to breed very high quality falcons. We will travel to America and Canada just to find one falcon here, one falcon there, to find the best we can"

Falcon in the Borders Credit: ITV Border

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