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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


Qatari Royalty flies into the Borders

Falcon at Bonchester Bridge Credit: ITV Border

A remote farm near Hawick will soon be home to hundred of falcons, bred by a member of the Qatari Royal Family.

Falconer Jeff Armstrong already keeps falcons at Bonchester Bridge.

Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Athani approached him to start up a falcon breeding centre.

It will include a huge pen for the birds to fly around in, and breeding chambers.

High quality Falcons can be worth up to £1 million.

Each one is micro-chipped and registered.

That is partly why a remote Borders farm is an ideal spot to breed them, but also because the climate is ideal.

Royal seal of approval for new falcon centre

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.

The development plans have been approved for the new facility at Weensmuir Farm, near Bonchester Bridge in Roxburghshire.

Sheikh Ali Bin Abdulla Athani is hoping to join his family in visiting the centre around four times a year, to purchase birds of prey.

Qatar announced as new title sponsor

The future of the M-Sport world rally team, based in Cockermouth, has been secured thanks to a sponsorship deal with the State of Qatar.

The company was left shocked in October, when Ford announced it would be retiring from world rallying at the end of the year.

It was worrying times for the firm and its employees, who had run the Ford world rally team since 1997.

However, a deal has been secured with Qatar, meaning three cars will compete in the 2013 World Rally Championship.

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