Falconry displays are quite commonplace these days. You can either go to a falconry centre or even chance upon a display whilst out and about in the country, perhaps visiting a special event at a castle or country fair.
So where does artificial grass come in? Well, in between their flying, the birds have to sit and rest on wooden posts/perches and if you look closely you'll find many of them are covered in artificial grass. One of our team recently saw a falconry display where the posts were covered like this and so asked the event manager (Geoff of Frontline Falconry) why.
Apparently, artificial grass serves 2 purposes:
- it provides an undulating surface (as opposed to smooth wood) which is important for the birds' feet to have good circulation. Poor circulation can apparently lead to 'bumble foot'.
- it offers the birds a good surface grip when landing/moving on their posts
If you haven't seen what we're talking about here there's a falconry website that shows artificial grass on the posts: http://www.gallowayfalconry.co.uk/