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    Memories of Michael Woodford by Richard Jones of Avian Veterinary Services in Cheshire

    I recently read with sadness in Vet Record the obituary for Michael Henry Woodford, excellently written by Richard Kock, William B. Karesh and Philippe Chardonnet, documenting his inspiring life and work in the fields of veterinary medicine and conservation.
    As a practising veterinary surgeon and obsessive falconer, I just wanted to add to the list of his many publications, his wonderful book 'A Manual of Falconry' first published in 1960, which has become a 'Bible' for falconers worldwide and helped introduce countless young aspiring falconers, myself included, to the joys of this ancient way of life. In fact, in the magical Ken Loach film 'Kes', it is this very book that Billy Casper 'borrows' from the library to teach himself the art!
    I was fortunate enough to meet Michael in his latter years, and although it is said that you shouldn't meet your heroes, I am certainly glad I did as he was extremely kind in sharing his stories. A signed copy of his book remains one of my most treasured possessions.

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